As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
Believed to have been written in 1599, Williams Shakespeare's pastoral comedy As You Like It was first published in 1623 in the First Folio.
It may have been performed as early as February of the year it was written at Richmond Palace, but otherwise, the early history of the play's live performances is sketchy.
The play made its way to film in 1936 in an English version starring Laurence Olivier. More recently, a 2006 version set in 19th-century Japan was released and debuted in the United States on HBO. Kevin Kline won the Screen Actors Guild award for best actor for his portrayal of Jaques.
From Wikipedia, As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveller Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare's most famous speeches. Jaques provides a sharp contrast to the other characters in the play, always observing and disputing the hardships of life in the country.