As You Like It (2018)

6 July – 28 July

By William Shakespeare

The Open Air Theatre's 2018 production of As You Like It was directed by Max Webster and featured a beautiful score of new music by Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale). Webster's visions for the Forest of Arden made our outdoor setting the perfect backdrop for Naomi Dawson's beautiful design. This joyous re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic comedy was dubbed as "summer fun, pure and simple" (Independent). With notable performances from Danny Kirrane: the “show-stealing, belly swinging, libidinous Touchstone” (Metro) and Olivia Vinall: "mellifluous of voice, blazes increasingly brightly as Rosalind” (Evening Standard).

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Evening Standard

"What a glorious 2018 season this theatre is settling into" "A BLAZING SHAKESPEARE FOR THE SUMMER" "The original music confirms former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink as a theatre composer of the first rank"

Time Out

"VIBRANT, FUNNY and POLISHED" "it's great fun, taking one of Shakespeare's most amorphous plays and repeatedly hitting comedy gold"

Daily Telegraph

"Max Webster's production embraces the fizzles with playfulness and lascivious intent"

The Times

"GORGEOUS...this is such a joy - a merry muddle of the sweet, tender, bawdy and melancholy" "Olivia Vinall is a clever, vibrant Rosalind; Jacade Simpson an adoreable Silvius"

Daily Mail

"What steals the show is Danny Kirrane's turn as tubby fool Touchstone, grappling with his pop-up tent and singing serenades into beer bottles for Amy Booth-Steel as his deliciously simply shepherdess"

"Edward Hogg imbues Orlando with wit and boyish charm, with funny asides that highlight his instinct for comedy. The perfect summer show that will tickle your funny bone and have you humming the tunes all the way home"

City AM

"A production that is willing to take risks...A DELIGHT"

The Arts Desk

"A CELEBRATORY, MUSICALLY GLEEFUL revival of Shakespeare's cross-dressing favourite" "Maureen Beattie is terrific - a strong, sardonic presence, with a melancholy based not in personal affection, but a deep sadness at the human conditions"


"The whole production is summer fun, pure and simple"

The Guardian

"It captures love's exhilarating madness"

Financial Times

"Peppered with bright, touching performances, this is a warm, thoughtful production about transformation on many levels"


“The main vibe is giddy escapism and personal liberation, beautifully encapsulated in Charlie Fink’s pop-splattered score”