As You Like It at the National Theatre

National Theatre, London

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As You Like It at the National Theatre.

Previews from 26 October, press night 3 November, in repertoire until 5 March National Theatre Live broadcast on 25 February 2016

Polly Findlay directs the National Theatre’s first production of As You Like it in over 30 years. Shakespeare’s comedy of love and change stars Rosalie Craig as Rosalind which plays at the Olivier theatre from 26 October 2015, continuing in repertoire until 5 March 2106.


With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden.
There released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.


Rosalie Craig plays Rosalind; the cast also includes Rosa Leon Annor, Philip Arditti, Mark Benton (as Touchstone), Paul Chahidi (as Jaques), Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Patsy Ferran (as Celia), Patrick Godfrey, Gemma Lawrence, Ken Nwosu, Ekow Quartey and Alan Williams.


Directed by Polly Findlay, Shakespeare’s As You Like It will have set designs by Lizzie Clachan, costumes by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Orlando Gough, movement by Jonathan Goddard, sound by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Kate Waters.


★★★★★ ‘Revolutionary. Rosalie Craig’s spirited, glowing Rosalind lights up every scene’ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ ‘Brilliantly natural, fresh, and bang up to date. Stunning’ Time Out
★★★★ ‘It’s hilarious. A terrific evening’ Independent
★★★★ ‘An irresistibly funny production. A delight’ Sunday Times
‘The set transformation is jaw-dropping. Rosalie Craig’s heroine has real charm’  Evening Standard

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 25 February 2016
Special notes
8th January 2016 7.30pm – Audio Described Performance 9th January 2016 2.00pm – Audio Described Performance 19th January 2016 7.30pm – Captioned Performance

Venue Information

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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