Setting

Click on the images below to find out more about the setting of As You Like It and what we know about the world the play is set in.

Every performance of As You Like It will be set in a place that has all of the things above but they can do that in lots of different ways. For example, the play could be set in any two contrasting places that represent the rules of the court and the comparative freedom of the forest, as long as the facts above are included.

Why do you think changing the world or setting of the play might be helpful for modern audiences? Where might you choose to set As You Like It?

For the 2019 production of As You Like It, Director Kimberley Sykes decided not to use a specific time or setting to build on the theme of performance and theatricality in the play. Take a look at the video below showing Kimberley in conversation and the play in rehearsal. Do you like this idea for the play, or do you have a clear setting in mind?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of As You Like It by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.