The Dukes Theatre Company presents As You Like It

6pm - 9pm

  • Venue Botanic Garden
  • Price £12 - £45
  • Event type Performance
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Performance will be held at: Botanic Garden, University of Leicester, 3 Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2LD


Outdoor theatre returns to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden this summer

The ancient Forest of Arden serves as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s most famous and quotable comedy. When Rosalind is banished from Duke Ferdinand’s court, new identities are explored with hilarious consequences.

Music, mayhem and madness thrill as we see that “All the world’s a stage”.

BSL Interpreted performance on Thursday 20 June 2024.

“TDTC sets a new standard for open air theatre” – BBC Radio Wiltshire

“The humour, (especially the humour) is impeccably presented” – Hastings Independent


Ticket Information

The Early Bird Ticket Deal, (30% discount off all ticket prices) will run from Monday 11 March – Sunday 17 March 2024.

General Tickets will be available to book from 10am on Monday 18 March 2024.


Age guidance:
Suitable for all audiences age 5+

Running Time:
The running time is 2 hours including a 15 minute interval. Gates open 1 hour before the performance.

Seating is not provided. Please bring fold up garden chairs, camping chairs or blankets. People on blankets will be advised to sit in the first 5 metres in front of the stage. The production is supported by a PA system, with each actor individually amplified.

Food and Drink:
A bar will be available with drinks and snacks to purchase.

Free parking will be available at nearby student accommodation car parks, with on-road free parking on Glebe Road. We have a limited number of parking spaces for Blue badge holders. Blue badge holders must contact in advance to reserve a place (first come first served).

Toilets will be located beside the Knoll building, including disabled toilet facilities.

Weather and Cancellations:
Please be prepared for performances to continue in all eventualities, with the exception of persistent rain and/or wind.

Because weather can change drastically without notice, we never cancel sooner than one hour before curtain up unless lightning, heat over 40 degrees celsius, or wind over 29mph is predicted in the hours leading up to the performance. In all other weather, the performance continues. If rain or wind is deemed heavy by the Company Manager the performance will pause. If after 30 minutes the weather has not improved, the event will be abandoned. No more than three attempts will be made to recommence the performance. Or if the total number of minutes paused totals 30, the event will be abandoned. We politely ask that ticket holders do not contact us to request weather updates – ticket holders will be notified by text message and email should the event be cancelled for any reason, including weather. Notification will also be issued on social media platforms. If the event is cancelled, all ticket holders will be emailed with the option to transfer the tickets to another event, or request a refund.