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Order It: Jaques's "All the world's a stage"

Jon Reynolds (Amiens), Joseph Marcell (Jaques), and Matthew McGloin (First Lord), directed by Derek Goldman, As You Like It, Folger Theatre, 2007. Stan Barouh.

In As You Like It, the exiled duke takes refuge in the Forest of Arden with his lords and followers, including the melancholy Jaques. Drawing on the world of the theater, Jaques gives a famous speech on life and the passage of time that compares the Seven Ages of Man, from babyhood to old age, to different roles played by the same actor. But after the opening line, “All the world’s a stage,” what comes next? Take this quiz to see if you can correctly order the lines of Jaques’s speech.


More pictures from the 2007 AYL; I loved that production, especially Joseph Marcell (singing “Fools in Love” – brilliant!) and the Duke Senior.

Robert Comeau — September 22, 2021

Glad you liked the photo! There are a few more pictures in the Folgerpedia entry for the Folger’s 2007 production of As You Like It— one at the top of the entry, and three at the end, including this one.,_2007)

Shakespeare & Beyond — October 11, 2021

Seven Ages of Man reminds me of the days I was teaching Shakespeare’s plays in Hiroshima. I am now in the sixth age of the old pantaloon aged 76, but still am very vigorous reading Arthur Brook’s Romeus and Juliet every day.

TSUGUHIRO Kumagae — October 2, 2021