When: 22nd June – 24th July 2016, at 7pm (garden open from 6.30pm)
Where: The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, TW20 0UU
£: Tickets cost £35 and £25 for concessions. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets include parking, garden entrance and the theatre performance.
What is it?
Weave your way through an array of hidden gardens and spectacular lawns at The Savill Garden for an immersive production of Shakespeare’s As You Like it.
Forced into exile by their own families, heroine Rosalind and Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom, venture deep into the Forest of Arden. Here they encounter ‘The Golden Age’, a mesmerising travelling circus which has taken up residence beneath the canopy.
Masquerading as Ganymede, Rosalind embarks on a journey of love lessons and romantic trickery, before stumbling across one of Duke Senior’s noblemen, Jacques, who fully embraces the circus folk and continually reflects on the futility of life and love as a motley fool.
A story of transformation, As You Like It challenges conventional ideas of love and lust, blurs gender roles and muses on the absurdity of life in this brilliant pastoral comedy.
The play unfolds in the ornamental garden and concludes extravagantly with a triple wedding. The audience and company are encouraged to come together in a boisterous, acrobatic, and musical celebration; indulging in food and drink from the finest local suppliers, including Leiths, Sipsmiths, Pol Roger, Fever tree, and the Windsor and Eton Brewery.
Hampers filled with scrumptious food and confetti will be available to purchase in advance, making audiences feel as if they are one of the wedding guests. Drinks will also be available to purchase, as a hidden bush bar will be serving everything from gin and tonic to local beer.
Watch Your Head aim to create exciting theatrical experiences and celebrate classic texts in remarkable and unique settings. Following the success of their immersive open-air production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they will celebrate the 400-year legacy of Shakespeare’s work.
Anna Lukis has been cast as the strong and beautiful character of Rosalind, whose confidence and assured nature put her years ahead of her contemporaries. Jack Bannell will be taking on the role of the manic and melancholy Jacques, and Lewis Goody will take on the role of handsome Orlando.
The fantastic performers making up the travelling circus scene consist of Jonah Russell, Josie-Beth Davies and Luke Chadwick Jones, who between them have careers spanning the globe, from Colombia’s Circa Para Todos to the UK’s Kangaroos Gymnastics Display team.
More info: watch-your-head.co.uk