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The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them this summer for the sparkling comedy, As You Like It. One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, by an all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

“Love is merely a madness!”

Separately, Rosalind and her dear friend Celia, the noble Orlando, and the usurped Duke Senior and his courtiers get banished and set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. Free from the constraints of their former lives lovers tussle, wits and fools spar, familial bonds are challenged, and everyone wrestles with what it really means to be yourself.

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

In exile they become exultant as true love and true identity is found in the forest. This rustic romp packed with music, laughs, cross-dressing confusion and a dash of wrestling will keep you smiling to the last.

“All the world’s a stage!”

Bring a chair and a picnic and prepare to be entertained and transported. Book early to avoid missing out!

Authenticity | Excellence | Magic

Running time – approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes including a 15 minute interval

Please bring your own seating and dress for the weather as these performances take place outdoors and continue in all but the very worst weather!

Cast list

Will Beynon
Oliver, Touchstone, Amiens

Andrew Buzzeo
Orlando, Gentleman

Lawrence Haynes
Le Beau, Jaques, Phebe

Ben Lynn
Rosalind, First Lord

Lewes Roberts
Charles, Corin, Duke Senior, Audrey

Laurie Scott
Adam, Duke Frederick, Silvius, Sir Oliver Martext

Jonny Warr
Celia, Second Lord

Will Beynon

Will trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Recent theatre credits include: Macbeth (Kingdom/Get Out of My Space), Black Fate (The Beacon/Get Out of My Space

Andrew Buzzeo

Andrew trained at Drama Centre on the 3-year BA Acting course

Recent theatre credits include: The Language of Mermaids (Cervantes Theatre),  Zones (Live theatre)

Lawrence Haynes

Lawrence trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Recent theatre credits include: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas and Kingdom (Or The Anthropocene) (Bristol Old Vic)

Ben Lynn

Ben trained at RADA

Recent theatre credits include: The Malcontent and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Lewes Roberts

Lewes trained at Mountview

Recent theatre credits include:  Heaven’s Gate (Cosmic Collective Theatre), Invisible Sentence (The Old Market)

Laurie Scott

Laurie trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Recent theatre credits include: Stand By (Scottish Theatre Producers), Macbeth (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men)

Jonny Warr

Jonny trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Recent theatre credits include: Deathtrap (London Repertory Players), Little Women (The Old Rep)

Creative Team

Director and Producer: Peter Stickney

Set and Costume Designer: Morgan Brind

Musical Director: Alex Beetschen

Choreography: Darren Royston

Costume Design and Supervision: Polly Laurence 

Voice coach: Jacquie Crago

Production Manager: Aaron Barker

Fight Director: John Sandeman

Set construction: Belgrade Production Services

Costume makers: Liz Coleman and Dawn Evans

Tour schedule

Brighton Festival

Brighton, BN1 3LJ

Thursday 26th May 6.30pm, Friday 27th 1pm & 6.30pm & Saturday 28th 1pm & 6.30pm

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Havenstreet, Ryde, PO33 4DS

Wednesday 1st June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Hay Festival

Hay Castle, HR3 5DF

Thursday 2nd June 7.30pm,

Friday 3rd 2.30pm & 7.30pm & Saturday 4th 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Shakespeare in Burgess Hill
Burgess Hill Girls, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 0EG

Sunday 5th June 6pm

(gates open 5pm)

Glastonbury Abbey
Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL

Wednesday 8th June 7pm

(gates open 6.15pm)

Stonor Park
Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HF

Thursday 9th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Salisbury International Arts Festival - Rack Close
Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2ES

Friday 10th 7pm & Saturday 11th June 2pm & 7pm

(gates open one hour before the performance)

Osterley Park and House
Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB

Sunday 12th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

West Front Green, Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough, PE1 1XS

Wednesday 15th June 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Harewood House
Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG

Thursday 16th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Lytham Hall
Lytham, FY8 4TQ

Friday 17th June 7pm

(gates open 5pm)

Packwood House

Solihull, B94 6AT

Saturday 18th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Theatre at the Bowl
Swindon, SN1 4EN

Sunday 19th June 6.30pm

(gates open 5.30pm)

King's Ely
Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DB

Tuesday 21st June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Hatfield Forest
Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NE

Wednesday 22nd June 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Waddesdon Manor
nr Aylesbury, HP18 0JH

Thursday 23rd June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Raglan Castle
Monmouthshire, NP15 2BT

Friday 24th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Private performance

Saturday 25th June

Chichester Cathedral
Chichester, PO19 1PX

Sunday 26th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Private performance

Tuesday 28th June

Shakespeare in the Country Park
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, BA20 1UX

Wednesday 29th June 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Rockingham Castle
Rockingham, Market Harborough, LE16 8TH

Thursday 30th June 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Buscot Weir Field
Buscot Village, Oxfordshire, SN7 8DA

Friday 1st July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry, Oxford, OX33 1LA

Saturday 2nd July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Ham House and Garden
Richmond, TW10 7RS

Sunday 3rd July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Chiswick House and Gardens
Burlington Lane, London W4 2RP

Wednesday 6th July 7.30pm

(gates open 6.30pm)

Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE

Thursday 7th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich, NR1 4DH

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Stanley Hall
Pebmarsh, Halstead, CO9 2LY

Sunday 10th July 3pm

(gates open 12.30pm)

Lichfield Festival - Lichfield Cathedral

The Close, Lichfield, WS13 7LD

Monday 11th July 6.30pm

(gates open 5.30pm)

Chawton House
Chawton, Alton, GU34 1SJ

Thursday 14th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Coughton Court
Alcester, B49 5JA

Friday 15th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Morden Hall Park - extra date
London, SM4 5JD

Saturday 16th July 7.30pm

(gates open 6.30pm)

Claremont Landscape Garden
Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG

Sunday 17th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Pentillie Castle
Paynters Cross, St Mellion, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6QD

Wednesday 20th July 7pm (gardens open 5.30pm)

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD

Thursday 21st July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Brandon Hill
The Bowling Green, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5QD

Friday 22nd July 7.30pm

(gates open 6.30pm)

Tyntesfield
Wraxall, North Somerset, BS48 1NX

Saturday 23rd July 7.30pm (gates open 6.45pm)

The Bishop's Palace
Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD

Sunday 24th July 6.30pm (doors open 5.30pm)

Killerton
Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE

Tuesday 26th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Dunster Castle
Dunster, Minehead, TA24 6SL

Wednesday 27th July 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Kingston Lacy
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

Thursday 28th July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Dyrham Park
nr Bath, SN14 8HY

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th July 6.30pm

(gates open 5.30pm)

Hatchlands Park
East Clandon, Guildford, GU4 7RT

Sunday 31st July 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Shrewsbury Castle
Shrewsbury, SY1 2AT

Tuesday 2nd August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Chatsworth
Bakewell, DE45 1PP

Wednesday 3rd August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Knowsley Hall
Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AJ

Thursday 4th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Wrest Park
Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

Friday 5th August 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm)

The Vyne
Basingstoke, RG24 9HL

Saturday 6th August 7pm (gates open 5.45pm)

Knebworth House
Knebworth, Herts, AL9 5AE

Sunday 7th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Cardiff Castle
Cardiff, CB10 3RB

Wednesday 10th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Emmetts Garden
Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, TN14 6BA

Thursday 11th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall Road, London, SM4 5JD

Friday 12th August 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm)

St John's Lodge Garden - Regent's Park
Inner Circle, London, NW1 4NR

Saturday 13th August 5.30pm (gates open 4.30pm)

Kenwood House
Hampstead Lane, Highgate, London, NW3 7JR

Sunday 14th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Alderford Lake
Whitchurch, SY13 3JQ

Tuesday 16th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

East Riddlesden Hall
Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5EL

Wednesday 17th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Arley Hall & Gardens
Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

Thursday 18th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Newby Hall and Gardens
Ripon, HG4 5AJ

Friday 19th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Haden Hill House
Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, B64 7JU

Saturday 20th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Ickworth
nr Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE

Sunday 21st August 6.30pm (gates open 5.30pm)

Hylands Estate
Hylands House, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

Tuesday 23rd August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Holkham Hall
The Walled Garden, Holkham Park, Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RH

Wednesday 24th August 6.30pm (gates open 5.45pm)

Shrewsbury Castle
Shrewsbury, SY1 2AT

Thursday 25th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Bantock House and Gardens
Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ

Friday 26th August 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Breamore House
Breamore, Fordingbridge, SP6 2DF

Saturday 27th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Sunningdale Heath
Cross Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 9RX

Sunday 28th August 7pm (gates open 6pm)

Private performance

Wednesday 31st August

Beaumaris Castle

Castle Street, Beaumaris, LL58 8AP

Thursday 1st September 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

Conwy Castle

Rose Hill Street, Conwy, LL32 8AY

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd 7pm & Sunday 4th September 6.30pm

The Davey Fort

Charmouth, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DR

Wednesday 7th September 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

The Spotlight

High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BE

Thursday 8th September 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

International Bomber Command Centre

Canwick Avenue, Lincoln, LN4 2HQ

Friday 9th September 7pm

(gates open 6pm)

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