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Queen’s Theatre and National Theatre announce As You Like It as second Public Acts production

PUBLISHED: 15:10 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 09 October 2018

Following the success of Pericles in the National Theatre, Queen's Theatre's artistic director will direct next year's Public Acts production, As You Like It. Picture: James Bellorini.

Following the success of Pericles in the National Theatre, Queen's Theatre's artistic director will direct next year's Public Acts production, As You Like It. Picture: James Bellorini.

James Bellorini

Following the success of Pericles at the National Theatre a musical adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy As You Like It is coming to the Queen’s Theatre.

A musical version of As You Like It will be performed at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch in August 2019.A musical version of As You Like It will be performed at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch in August 2019.

Artistic director Douglas Rintoul, will direct next year’s Public Acts production As You Like It in a special musical adaption first seen at the Delacorte Theatre, New York in 2017 as part of The Public Theatre’s Public Works programme.

The UK premiere of this work will see more than one hundred community members, a small group of professional actors, together with cameo groups from across London - come together to perform in this magical tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise.

True to Shakespeare’s play, the universal narratives of exile, displacement and reconciliation that are explored may seem more timely and important than ever.

This version of As You Like It is by the director of public works Laurie Woolery and Shania Taub, featuring music and lyrics by Taub and set and costume design by Hayley Grindle.

The score is infectious with sounds ranging from calypso to pop, Broadway musical to soul.

Pericles director Emily Lim will collaborate with Douglas Rintoul in the role of Public Acts director and they will continue to work with the community partners Body & Soul, Bromley by Bow Centre, Coram, DABD, The Faith & Belief Forum, HASWA, Open Age and Thames Reach.

Performances will take place at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane from August 24 to 27 in 2019.

Tickets for As You Like It will go on sale via the Queen’s Theatre website queens-theatre.co.uk from next month.

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