The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It

by  William Shakespeare, Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

A rag tag group of players led by a dotty old curate must present Shakespeare's As You Like It with seven actors.

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The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It

by  William Shakespeare Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This unusual piece is subtitled "The record of one company's attempt to perform the play by William Shakespeare." When the prolific Mr. Nigro was asked by a professional theatre company to adapt As You Like It so that it could be performed by a company of seven, he devised a completely original play about a rag tag group of players led by a dotty old curate who must present Shakespeare's play. The dramatic interest and the comedy derive from their hilarious attempts to impersonate all of Shakespeare's characters. The play has had numerous productions nationwide and has become an underground comic classic.
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The bare stage of a theatre. All properties, costumes and scenery will come from out of the several old trunks which the players bring on. All seven players remain onstage throughout the play. Simplicity is essential, as all transformations happen in full view of the audience.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


4m, 3f
CURATE - plays Adam, Wicked Duke, LeBeau, Good Duke, Corin, Sir Oliver Martext
CELIA - plays Celia, Aliena, Phoebe, Snake
ROSALIND - plays Minstrel, Chorus, Deer, Stage Direction, Bush, Footnote
WILLIAM - plays Orlando, Musician, William
AMIENS - plays Oliver, Sentry, Amiens, Jaques, Musician, Silvius
CLOWN - plays Dennis, Charles, Sentry, Lord, Touchstone, Oak Tree, Jaques de Boys, Hymen
AUDREY- plays Rosalind, Ganymede, Audrey, Lioness
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast


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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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First produced at Indiana State University Summerstage in Terre Haute, Indiana, in July 1976, directed by Gary Stewart.

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