BBC Children’s is teaming up with Shakespeare’s Globe for a new version of comedy, As You Like It.

This BBC CBeebies adaptation is “set to take audiences both in the iconic theatre and at home, on a magical journey.”

CBeebies’ Steven Kynman (Robert the Robot) will revive his role as Shakespeare himself as he endeavours to convince a modern-day developer of the value of plays and theatre before the Globe is demolished to make way for a block of flats.  Rosalind and the team of players “bring the joy of Shakespeare’s comedy in a production that is full of laughter, song and audience interaction.”

Other characters will be played by many of CBeebies’ stars.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education said: “We’re thrilled to join with such an iconic British institution as Shakespeare’s Globe to bring the work of Shakespeare to life. Making the arts accessible to our young audiences is something we are deeply passionate about so I’m delighted that through CBeebies, families will be able to enjoy the live experience of Shakespeare at the Globe from the comfort of their homes.

CBeebies has previously adapted The Tempest, Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

As You Like It for BBC CBeebies is made by BBC Kids & Family Productions, a division of BBC Studios Productions. It was commissioned by Kate Morton, Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions 0-6 and is Exec Produced by Vanessa Amberleigh.

Performances will take place at the Globe on 9th and 10th August 2022. The show will then air on BBC CBeebies and BBC iPlayer over Easter 2023.

Jon Creamer

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