Written by: William Shakespeare
As You Like It boasts one of Shakespeare's nuttiest plots. It has a bit of passion, a bit of cross-dressing, lots of slapstick farce... and of course a wrestling match to boot.
When Rosalind falls in love with a man called Orlando at a wrestling match, her uncle suddenly banishes her from court. He's panicking in case Orlando tries to reclaim the birthright, that the usurping uncle stole from him. She then seeks out her father in the Forest of Arden and, disguised as a boy, teaches Orlando how to woo.
New friendships are formed, family rifts are repaired, and lovers are reunited. (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.
A Midsummer Nights Dream at Globe Theatre – 28 Jun to 13 Oct 2019 – Shakespeare's tale about the arrival of the king and queen of the fairies to the forest, and the complicated love life of two couples.
The Tempest at Westminster Abbey – 7 to 8 Aug 2019 – Watch an outdoor production of Shakespeare's The Tempest round the side of Westminster Abbey in Dean's Yard
The Tempest at Westminster Abbey – 15 Aug 2019 – Watch the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Shakespeare In Love at an open-air cinema screen round the side of Westminster Abbey
A Midsummer Nights Dream at Kenwood House – 18 Aug 2019 – An outdoor performance of Shakespeare's comedy about the king and queen of the fairies and a couple of confused lovers at Kenwood House
Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk — The First Flight – 26 to 30 Jun 2019 – Cirque du Soleil's brand-new show at The O2 has been inspired by James Cameron's blockbuster movie Avatar
Noises Off, at the Lyric Hammersmith – 27 Jun to 27 Jul 2019 – Forty years after it had its premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, Noises Off is returning for another short one-month run
Peter Gynt — National Theatre – 27 Jun to 8 Oct 2019 – Follow Peter Gynt as he travels from Florida to Scotland via Egypt and a mountain of trolls, in a new version of Henrik Ibsen's story
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