Journey deep into the merry world of the Forest of Arden for this hilarious and magical outdoor performance, as cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears and surrender to romance.
Love, just as you like it…
LCR Culture Awards People’s Choice finalists Imaginarium Theatre are set to return to the parks, gardens and green spaces of the Liverpool City Region this summer with a joyful reprise of one of Shakespeare’s best loved pastoral comedies – As You Like It. Imaginarium’s 2016 tour was listed in the Liverpool Echo’s ‘must see’ events of the summer and featured in Made Up Liverpool’s ‘Best of Liverpool Theatres 2016’. This new production forms part of their outdoor summer creative communities programme in partnership with the Shakespeare North Playhouse, supported by Arts Council England and Knowsley Council.
Imaginarium Artistic Director, Gaynor La Rocca said: “After a difficult year full of lockdowns and staying indoors, we are delighted to be welcoming people back to the Forest of Arden for this firm family favourite. As You Like It invites the audience to go on a journey of love, laughter and self-discovery, and its glorious pastoral setting is only made more stunning against the backdrop of some of the city regions most scenic parks and gardens. With a female Duke Senior and Melancholy Jaques we breathe new life into familiar characters and break away from traditional gender ‘norms’ to explore the influence of femininity in relationships, leadership and community.”
The company is made up of 25+ community performers led by a team of creative professionals, including Royal Shakespeare Company Voice Director Michael Corbidge, and West End and Broadway Choreographer Beverley Norris-Edmonds. With an original score, stunning design (created by Designer Jane Allen and a dedicated team of community volunteer sewers and makers) and a talented local cast, this production promises an abundance of magic and fun for all the family.
As You Like It premieres at Imaginarium’s home venue of Prescot Woodland Theatre on Saturday 3rd July, before hitting the road. They return briefly to Prescot on Saturday 17th July to perform at Prescot’s first Outdoor Shakespeare Festival, before continuing on their tour of the region.
“We are so excited to bring this production to 5 out of the 6 boroughs that make up the Liverpool City Region – we’d love to come to Halton too, especially in their Borough of Culture year; if there are any venues with availability for a visiting company, please do get in touch!”
Kieran Hoare, Assistant Producer
Where and When
– Prescot Woodland Theatre, Saturday 3rd July, 2pm & 7pm
– Reynolds Park, Sunday 4th July, 2pm
– Crosby Hall, Saturday 10th July, 6pm
– Halewood Triangle Park, Sunday 11th July, 2pm
– Calderstones Mansion House, Friday 16th July, 7pm
– Prescot Woodland Theatre, Saturday 17th July, 7pm
– Croxteth Hall Walled Garden, Saturday 24th July, 2pm
– Taylor Park, St Helens, Sunday 25th July, 2pm
– Royden Park, Saturday 7th August, 6pm
– Court Hey Park, Sunday 8th August, 2pm
– Sudley House, Saturday 14th August, 2pm
Tickets available from our website at: www.imaginariumtheatre.co.uk/boxoffice, or by calling the TicketQuarter hotline.