“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players”
A spectacularly subversive tale of mistaken identity, adventure and sibling rivalry, Shakespearian romantic-comedy As You Like It comes to the Open Air Theatre next July.
Directed by Max Webster and with music from former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink, this hotly-anticipated production invites you to enter the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything and everything weird and wonderful is possible.
Tickets are non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged in accordance with the Weather Policy.
The cast for As You Like It is yet to be announced.
As You Like It takes everything you thought you knew about politics, romance, nature and gender, and flips it on its head, highlighting how strange, yet magnificent life can be.
Duke Senior has been exiled from the court of his brother, usurper Duke Frederick. Soon, Duke Frederick also banishes Duke Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, fearing that she is a threat to him. Rosalind’s cousin Celia chooses to go with her. They disguise themselves as Ganymede and Aliena, persuading the fool Touchstone to accompany them.
Before they leave court, Rosalind meets and falls in love with Orlando de Boys, who has been kept in poverty by his brother Oliver since his father's death. Upon hearing of his brother’s plot to kill him, Orlando also takes refuge in the Forest of Arden. Oliver, however, follows Orlando into the forest in an attempt to hunt him down.
What follows is one of Shakespeare’s most loved tales: bizarre, touching and achingly funny.
Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.
(10 mins) Exit onto Marylebone Road and turn left. Past Madame Tussauds turn left into York Gate and follow York Bridge to the end. Pass through the large gates into the park and walk straight until you reach the theatre on your left.