Why Watch As You Like It
As You Like It is a comedy that breaks every rule of a romantic story. Everything from politics, to gender roles and nature itself, is confused. It is the favourite of various stage and screen actors, with the roles of Rosalind and Jacques being the top picks. The melancholy traveller Jacques speaks several of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches in this play, and his contrasting perspective on life, as compared to the other characters of the play makes for an entertaining play.
Kimberly Sykes is in charge of the direction, and she brings forth a passionate and playful version of the romantic comedy to stage. She wonderfully captures the joy of falling in love, along with the comedy that made the original play so popular. In addition to comedy and music, there is also puppetry and storytelling, putting the audience right in the heart of the action! Do not miss this playful take on the Shakespeare classic that is guaranteed to leave you in splits!
Duke Frederick has usurped and exiled his elder brother, Duke Senior. Duke Senior’s daughter Rosalind, however, continue to remain at the court since she is the closest friend of Duke Frederick’s only child, Celia. Orlando de Boys is kept in poverty by his elder brother Oliver, after the death of their father. He has fallen in love at first sight with Rosalind. Orlando is forced to flee his home when he hears about Oliver’s plot to have him killed. One day, Rosalind is also banished from the court by Duke Frederick when he loses his temper. She flees to the Forest of Arden along with Celia and the court fool, Touchstone. Rosalind disguises herself as a man named Ganymede, and Celia as a poor lady.
Soon they find themselves in the company of Duke Senior, who is living in the forest along with some supporters. Orlando also arrives at the forest and live with the Duke. Orlando, who is still enamoured by Rosalind, posts love poems on the trees. Rosalind comes across these poems and meets Orlando while in disguise. Will Rosalind reveal her true identity and feelings for Orlando, or will she play along and continue to trick everyone around her? Will Oliver and Duke Frederick have a chance to see the light and repent for their mistakes?
Date Night | Fans of Shakespeare | Lovers of Romantic Dramas
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2 hours & 56 minutes with 1 intermission
The Barbican Theatre has a seating capacity of nearly 1158 across 4 sections.
Strictly prohibited. If you’d like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.
Strict Cancellation Policy
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly after you book the tickets. You will need to display a photo ID along with your voucher at the Theatre’s Box Office to collect your tickets.
Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Take bus lines 153 and get off at the Silk Street station. The theatre is a short 2-minute walk from this bus stop.
Take the Underground to Barbican Station. The theatre is a short 5-minute walk from this station.
This performance is valid for the date and time selected at the time of booking.