19:45, Wed 6th November 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre
20:00, Sat 9th November 2019 at Random Venue 23
19:30, Tue 12th November 2019 at Haymarket Theatre
20:00, Fri 15th November 2019 at Gielgud Theatre
20:00, Sun 17th November 2019 at Gielgud Theatre
19:30, Tue 19th November 2019 at Savoy Theatre
Michaelmas Week 4 to Week 6
As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility. As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Historically, critical response has varied, with some critics finding the work of lesser quality than other Shakespearean works and some finding the play a work of great merit.
The play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage", and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing". The play remains a favourite among audiences and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre.