Overview


Synopsis

In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic pastoral comedies, we follow the young heroine Rosalind from the court of her vindictive uncle, Duke Frederick, into the Eden-like Forest of Arden, where her banished father is living in exile. In order to avoid running into trouble, Rosalind disguises herself as a young man, “Ganymede,” and, accompanied by her faithful cousin Celia and the court clown, Touchstone, makes her way into the woods. She soon encounters the young, handsome Orlando, who is also fleeing from Duke Frederick’s court, and who is sick with love for Rosalind. Still disguised as Ganymede, Rosalind tests Orlando’s feelings for her and teaches him about the nature of true love; by the end of the play, four love matches have been made in the forest. As You Like It is an entertaining and touching exploration of life, death, love, family and the bonds that tie us together.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
5 Acts
First Produced:
1599
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
france, forest of arden
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
high school, college, community theater, professional theater, outdoor theater
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, elderly, adult, young adult characters

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