As You Like It follows Rosalind as she is banished and journeys into exile with her best friend Celia. Along the way, however, she becomes an object of interest for Orlando, who has also been forced in the forest. Featuring a cross-dressing heroine, fools, songs, and questionable poetry, As You Like It will see if love really does conquer all in this production filled with physical comedy, music and puppetry.
Kimberley Sykes is an accomplished director, having previously headed RSC productions of Dido, Queen of Carthage and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as City of Angels for the Donmar Warehouse and East is East for Trafalgar Studios.
The Barbican’s production stars Lucy Phelps (Witness for the Prosecution, Julius Ceaser) as Rosalind, Sophie Khan Levy (Maydays, Hanna) as Celia, and David Ajao (Hecuba, Barbershop Chronicles) as Orlando, all of whom will also star in the season’s Measure for Measure.
A comic tale of love and friendship, As You Like It arrives at the Barbican on 26th October.
Important informationPlaying at: Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Performance dates: 18 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020
Running time: 2 hours 56 minutes (incl. interval)
Age restrictions: Recommended 12+
Special notice: If you’re interested in seeing one of Shakespeare’s more fun comedies, this production will definitely be the one for you!