The Shakespeare play most naturally suited to open-air performance will be staged in Portsmouth’s City Museum Gardens from next Thursday to Sunday.
The production of As You Like It is by Shakespeare’s Globe and will have its world premiere in Portsmouth thanks to support from the New Theatre Royal and the city council.
Previous summer shows by Shakespeare’s Globe have won the Guide award for Best Professional Production in both 2009 and 2010.
As You Like It, a romantic comedy, is largely set in the Forest of Arden.
Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her usurping uncle then banishes her from court.
Disguised as a boy she seeks out her father and his friends in the forest where she meets Orlando again. Dressed as a young man, she then counsels him in the art of love.
As You Like It runs the gamut of pastoral romance with cross-dressing and love-notes, poetry and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, slapstick and passion.
Now, in Elizabethan style, a small troupe of travelling players will perform a stripped-down version of this popular favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies.
· Performances from Thursday to Sunday, including some matinees. Details and tickets: (023) 9264 9000 or newtheatreroyal.com.