This pack supports the RSC’s 2023 production of As You Like It, directed by Omar Elerian.

The activities provided in this pack are specifically designed to support KS3-4 students attending the performance and studying As You Like It but all activities can be adapted for learners of different ages and abilities. These activities aim to help students explore some important features of the text and production, using the RSC’s rehearsal processes. 

The cast are stood watching Orlando (Malcolm Sinclair) and Charles the Wrestler (Ewart James Walters) fighting. At the front of the stage sit three of the Company Players (Tyreke Leslie, Mogali Masuku  and Hannah Bristow)
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About the production 

This 2023 production of As You Like It is part of our celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare's First Folio. Publishing in 1623, the Folio was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. This production of As You Like It, directed by Omar Elerian and starring a cast of veteran RSC actors, mostly over 70 years old, explores a new perspective on the play. The result is a testament to how Shakespeare’s work is endlessly reinvented for each generation.

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Exploring the story

  • Synopsis

  • Activity 1: Court v. Forest

  • Activity 2: Banished

Exploring the characters

  • Activity 3: The Melancholy of Jaques

  • Activity 4: Rewriting Shakespeare

Exploring the themes

  • Activity 5: Stereotypes

  • Activity 6: Love Poetry

  • Activity 7: All the World’s A Stage

  • Activity 8: Memories