Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

July 9, 2012

As You Like It

Hampshire Shakespeare Company
UMass, Amherst
Center for Renaissance Studies
August 1 - 12, 2012

In preparation and rehearsal for one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies, "As You Like It, " Hampshire Shakespeare Company is making great use of the of the natural forest and meadows of its new home at the Center for Renaissance Studies, in Amherst. Instead of mounting the play on a traditional stage, both the players and the audience will share the beautiful grounds, cavorting in the Forest of Arden under the sunset and the starry night. 

According to Steve Henderson, the play's director who conceived this creative production, "You might find yourself mistaken for a tree that a love poem has been left upon, or taken to be a sheep in one of the play's pastoral moments, as the actors move around and through the seated audience." And speaking of seating, audiences can avail themselves of the usual chairs, or bring their own blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy as they watch the play.

Performance dates and times are August 1 - 5 and 8 - 12 at 7pm. In case of rain, the play will be performed indoors, and a rain check for another performance will be honored. Advance tickets are available at Amherst Books (Amherst), Broadside Books (Northampton) and Odyssey Bookshop (South Hadley). General admission is $16, seniors and students $14, children under 12 for $6. For information email

You are sure to like "As You Like It."