Over the years the BBC’s pre-school channel CBeebies has been steadily working through the more age-appropriate end of Shakespeare’s works in fun, condensed versions that mix light-hearted plain English paraphrasing of the Bard’s plays with the odd classic stanza or two, with the majority of roles performed by characters and presenters from across the breadth of the channel. With ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Tempest’ and even ‘Romeo & Juliet’ now done, next up is ‘As You Like It’ – not a play traditionally associated with young audiences, but its low bodycount and Forest of Arden-based fun and games makes it ripe adaptation.
In any case, where previous outings have been filmed in the studio, this one will be recorded in situ at Shakespeare’s Globe, over the course of two days and four performances that will make it to iPlayer at a date TBC. There’s no casting, but expect major names from the CBeebies universe, while the poster would rather give away the fact that Steven Kynman will be reprising his role as William Shakespeare himself.
Tickets will go on sale later than the rest of the Globe season.