Rosalie will take on one of the most iconic female roles in Shakespeare's canon on the Olivier stage, becoming the National's first Rosalind since Sara Kestelman. The daughter of a banished duke, Rosalind follows her father into exile, leaving the city for the Forest of Arden disguised as a young man - only to bump into the man with whom she has fallen in love, Orlando.
Rosalie recently received her second Evening Standard nomination for her performance in the Olivier award-winning City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse. This year, she appeared in James Graham's latest play The Vote, also at the Donmar, and led the National's major musical Wonder.land at the Manchester International Festival. Her other stage credits include the title role in Strindberg's Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre, Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth and Table at the National. Rosalie was part of the original cast of the Olivier Award nominated London Road and went on to appear on the big screen film adaptation to huge acclaim. Rosalie received an award for Best Musical Performance at the Evening Standard Awards following her performance in The Light Princess.
Mark Benton returns to the National as Touchstone, one of Shakespeare's trickiest clowns, who follows Rosalind and her cousin in their journey. His has previously appeared in Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company and played Bottom in Filter's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Leo Wringer plays Duke Frederick, who has banished his older brother from the Court, stolen his title and has also sent Rosalind in to exile. He has worked regularly at the National theatre, where his credits include Sanctuary, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure and Trojan Women.
As you Like It Opens runs at the National Theatre until 5th March 2016 with a National Theatre Live broadcast on 25 February 2016.