As You Like It: Study Day

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Delve deeper into the Forest of Arden and gain a unique perspective on our 2023 production of As You Like It with our interactive Study Day.

Spend an afternoon with expert academics and researchers and explore the themes and characters of the play through a series of talks and discussions. You’ll learn more about the historical and cultural context in which it was written and understand how Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy has been brought to life on the Globe stage.

You’ll end the day with a Q&A with members of the acting company of our 2023 production, giving you the chance to ask questions and gain further insight into this summer’s show.

This study day can be enjoyed on its own but is also a perfect introduction to our production of As You Like It. Why not complete your day at Shakespeare’s Globe with a ticket for the evening performance following the study day? Tickets for the performance are not included in the study day ticket price and must be purchased separately.



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This event is on-site.

Running time is approximately 6 hours, including breaks

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Art Direction: Irene Omodeo Zorini and Helena Milsom

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12.00pm – Welcome

12.15 – 1.15pm Session 1: ‘“Cattle of this colour”: Gender and Cross-Dressing in As You Like It with Dr Chris Laoutaris, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Why does Shakespeare’s Rosalind believe ‘boys and women are for the most part cattle of this colour’, that they share similar emotional and psychological characteristics? Join Dr Laoutaris as he explores gender roles in As You Like It, turning a spotlight on early medical theories of gender and conception, and how these influenced the themes of cross-dressing, sexual ambiguity and the satirical treatment of Renaissance gender conventions in the play.

1.15pm – 2.15pm Break for lunch

2.15pm – 3.15pm Session 2: ‘Forests and the Space of Nature’ with Professor Charlotte Scott, Director of Knowledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Professor Scott will explore the psychological and imaginative place of the forest in Shakespeare’s dramatic imagination, with a particular focus on asylum, transformation and restitution, and the intersections with theatre itself.

3.30pm – 4.30pm Session 3: ‘All the World’s a Stage’ with Dr Robert Stagg, The Shakespeare Institute/St Anne’s College, Oxford

Dr Robert Stagg will lead participants through the play’s most famous speech, Jaques’s ‘All the world’s a stage’, beginning with a short lecture about how the speech has been interpreted over past centuries and suggesting some new ways in which it might be read today, before proceeding to a longer discussion in which participants will be encouraged to suggest and develop their own ideas.

4.30pm – 5.00pm Tea break

5.00pm – 6.00pm Q&A with Dale Rapley and Macy-Jacob Seelochan of the As You Like It cast


Introducing the speakers for this Study Day