10th June 2022


On Sunday 19 June, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, with a history stretching back to William Shakespeare himself, present the sparkling comedy, As You Like It.

It thrills South Swindon Parish Council to launch their exciting season of theatre and music events in the Town Garden’s bowl, with this spectacular production. With less than two weeks to go, there has never been a better time to book your tickets.

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, leading proponents of open-air theatre for over fifteen years, last year toured with Macbeth. Now they and South Swindon parish council, invite you to experience this accessible theatre company.

Talking about the thrill of seeing open-air theatre, Peter Stickney, artistic director and producer says, ‘experiencing Shakespeare’s productions outside is a special thing. As the light fades and the moon shines bright, it’s thrilling to think that we’re looking at the same moon Shakespeare did whilst we listen to words he wrote more than 400 years ago. As we’ve all discovered from last year, seeing theatre outdoors is not only magical but safer too. We’ve been lucky enough to make and enjoy theatre in special outdoor settings for many years. Thus I hope those looking for top-quality theatre will join us to enjoy this unique theatrical experience.’

The Lord Chamberlain's Men - theatre at the bowl

What to expect

Speaking about what audiences can expect this summer he said, ‘As You Like It is a warm, funny and rich play. We follow our main characters as they flee or become exiled from the court. Then to set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. There they find love, freedom and, in the end, happiness. It’s clear we can say a lot for running away to the countryside and starting again! There’ll be plenty of songs and laughs, some classic Shakespearean cross-dressing confusion and a spot of wrestling.

This play has one of Shakespeare’s strongest and most recognised heroines, Rosalind. Determined, passionate and with a razor-sharp wit she refuses to let her circimstances bring her down. Exiled from the court, she disguises herself by dressing up as the shepherd Ganymede. She then sets about the challenge of solving everyone’s problems and, at length even her own. In our production, there’ll be an extra layer of fun and intrigue as a man plays a woman dressed as a man whilst, at times, pretending to be a woman!’

Get tickets

Tickets for As You Like It at the Town Gardens Bowl on Sunday 19 June at 6.30pm are available to book online at www.theatreatthebowl.co.uk

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