As You Like It
Shakespeare's Globe Summer Season
About As You Like It
Rosalind, the daughter of an unjustly exiled duke, falls in love with the wronged Orlando, a courtier deprived of his birthright by his brother – but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden.
There she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love.
A firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies, and featuring some of his best-loved characters, As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, forgiveness and reparation.
In this gender-blind production, the role of Adam will be played by Michelle Terry, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe.
Tell Me More
At Shakespeare’s Globe, don’t miss this iconic story of disguises, forbidden love and what it takes to regain what’s rightfully yours. Rosalind is desperately in love with Orlando, a man who has been robbed of his birthright by his brother. In attempt to keep her relationship, and be reunited with her exiled father, she must disguise herself, and her cousin Celia, as a boy. To maintain her plan to travel the country as a male to avoid detection, she finds herself teaching Orlando in the art of romance. The newly appointed Artistic Director, Michelle Terry, is kicking off her new season of shows at the Globe by expanding the boundaries of traditional gender identities and showcasing Shakespeare’s wit. This pastoral comedy in particular is an enjoyable look at love from a different angle and asks, are you yourself when you’re in disguise?
What To Watch For
- The Globe theatre usually features period costumes in its productions, however “As You Like It” mixes modern and traditional clothing.
- Nadia Nadarajah, who plays the role of Celia, is actually deaf and signs her lines.
- Artistic Director Michelle Terry also appears in the play in multiple smaller roles. “As You Like It” is playing in rep with “Hamlet” where Michelle is playing the title role.
2hrs 45min (inc. interval)