As You Like It

As You Like It

Barbican Centre · 26 OCT - 18 JAN

All the world really is a stage in this joyous and imaginative version of Shakespeare’s madcap romantic comedy directed by Kimberley Sykes.

Overview

Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys into exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from court into the dappled Forest of Arden. What ensues is a riotous combination of a feisty cross-dressing heroine, a tartan-clad fool, melodic songs and laughs aplenty.

Blending physical comedy, music, storytelling and puppetry, this playful As You Like It brings the audience right to the heart of the action and is a celebration of theatre itself.

Critic reviews

There’s much to admire in Kimberley’s Sykes’s production of Shakespeare’s lively comedy

A Younger Theatre

Appealing show needs to cut the bad comedy

Evening Standard

A hotchpotch, but a captivating one

The Times

This pleasant RSC production never quite lives up to the inspired idea of reimagining Shakespeare’s play as a backstage comedy

Time Out

The production oozes theatrical magic; it grips the crowd from start to finish, charming them with its intrigue and presenting its sweet love story under dainty lights

Broadway World

Director Kimberley Sykes has not opted for subtlety

WhatsOnStage (Stratford Run)

Arden has rarely felt more appealing

The Guardian (Stratford Run)

RSC transfer works best when it engages with the complex emotions of the play

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Until 18 Jan
Thu 26 Sep - Sat 18 Jan, 1.15pm & 7.15pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 56 mins

Venue

Barbican Centre
Silk Street EC2Y 8DS London, UK · Get Directions

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