‘ …tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.’ Act II, scene 1
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.
Interview with Nadia Nadarajah
‘As Shakespeare’s Globe comes of age and reaches its twenty-first year, it seemed appropriate to start the 2018 summer season with the question ‘Who’s there?’ The opening words of Hamlet will be the first of many questions asked to our audiences and ourselves as we look to the future and the next twenty years of Globe seasons.
Playing alongside Hamlet will be As You Like It. Both written around 1599, the year the original Globe was built, these plays speak to each other in surprising and exciting ways. An ensemble of artists will explore these well-thumbed and popular plays in parallel, as if for the first time, and will put the story and the storyteller at the heart of this exploration.’
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director Designate
Discover these sibling plays with our specially programmed two-show days, when the ensemble will perform both consecutively: May: Wednesday 9, Saturday 12, Thursday 17, Saturday 19, Sunday 27 June: Sunday 3, Sunday 10, Wednesday 13, Friday 15, Sunday 24, Thursday 28 July: Sunday 1, Sunday 8, Tuesday 10, Saturday 14, Sunday 22, Sunday 29 August: Thursday 2, Sunday 12, Sunday 19, Sunday 26
This summer revel in the extraordinary, magical atmosphere of the Globe at night with our special midnight matinee performances. The Midnight Matinee performance of As You Like It will take place on Friday 15 June at 11.59pm.
Leading Shakespeare scholars, with the support of Globe actors, offer inspiring introductory talks before the performance.
Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre £8 (£6 Members / Students)
Tuesday 12 June, 6.00pm Dr Will Tosh (Shakespeare’s Globe)
Tuesday 3 July, 6.00pm (Captioned, Speech to Text Relay) Professor Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute)