Written by: William Shakespeare; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Catrin Aaron, Yarit Dor, James Garnon, Federay Holmes, Colin Hurley, Bettrys Jones, Richard Katz, Jack Laskey, James Maloney, Nadia Nadarajah, Ellan Parry, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry, Elle While, Sian Williams, Tanika Yearwood
As You Like It is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
Great comedies need four things to work well: cross-dressing, slapstick farce, a bit of passion... and a wrestling match. It also has one of Shakespeare's nuttiest plots.
When Rosalind falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match her panicking uncle banishes her from court. He's worried in case Orlando tries to reclaim the birthright that the usurping uncle stole. She then seeks out her father in a forest and, disguised as a boy, teaches Orlando how to woo. (Don't worry, it will all make sense when you watch it!)
Note: the Globe's theatre season runs from April to October. Craig has been to watch a play at the Globe himself and thoroughly recommends it because it's not like any other theatre you've ever seen -- it's all open-air, for a start, and it has a standing area in the middle (called 'The Yard'). The actors sometimes parade through this yard during the scenes, and end up involving the crowd as if they were part of the cast. Read Craig's review of watching a play at the Globe before you go, so you can get a feeling for what it's like inside.
You might like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare plays in London as well.
JP1964 – “Some things are so obviously a great idea that you wonder why no one thought to do them before. The Globe Theatre is one such thing. The only amazing thing is that it was such a struggle for the late, great Sam Wannamaker to get permission to build it. Shakespeare is such a part of the fabric of national life, who couldn't resist a visit? This is a theatre like no other. The only other open air theatre that i have been to is the one in Regents Park, but this one is so much better because of the seats rising around you on all sides. It feels like you are indoors. And the standing room is akin to being at a football stadium beside the pitch. You can park yourself literally at the feet of the actors. I definitely recommend a place in the standing area rather than the seats. I have done both, and there is a better atmosphere down below. Partly because the actors address the standing crowd when they speak, which makes hearing the lines a lot easier (Shakespeare is hard enough to follow as”
Guest – “Everybody should go and enjoy a play at the Globe at least once, even if you don't like Shakespeare. I must admit that half the play passed me by, because Shakespeare is hard to follow even when I'm sitting in a nice armchair at home, and if I didn't already know that plot then I probably would have struggled to follow what was going on. But it is such a wonderful place to watch a play. The audience creates bags of atmosphere, and it is a lot of fun. You feel like a little community down there below the stage. Try it!”
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Hamlet at Globe Theatre – 25 Apr to 26 Aug 2018 – This summer the Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies -- Hamlet.
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre – 22 Jun to 14 Oct 2018 – William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions.
King Lear at Duke of York’s Theatre – 11 Jul to 3 Nov 2018 – Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear, in one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
Othello at Globe Theatre – 20 Jul to 13 Oct 2018 – Mark Rylance will be starring in the Globe's production of one of Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedies.
Twelfth Night at Globe Theatre – 6 Sep 2018 – The Globe will be putting on a performance of 'Twelfth Night' - one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
Taming Of The Shrew at Globe Theatre – 7 Sep 2018 – The Globe Theatre will be putting on a performance of Shakespeare's outrageous and controversial comedy
If you enjoy Globe Theatre then you might like to visit British Library (catch the train from Southwark to British Library), Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Charles Dickens Museum) and Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Dr. Johnson’s House)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans