As You Like It

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players, as Jacques tells us in this play. Here is a detailed synopsis on Wikipedia.

For those of you who provide parts a scene at a time, this Character Chart shows all the characters' lines in each scene: As You Like It

If your group reads the plays straight through in one sitting and you want to divide up the parts, we have a number of “cast” lists already divided up for you. These are text files that you edit to suit your group. We always recommend in a straight-through read that each participant take a moment beforehand to mark their parts—then everything proceeds so smoothly.

• Cast for 7, plus a reader for Stage Directions
• Cast for 8, plus a reader for Stage Directions
• Cast for 9, plus a reader for Stage Directions

This Internet Shakespeare page from the University of Victoria provides some supplementary materials such as other plays in the same genre written around the same time, as well as some brief articles on the life and times.

Shakespeare's source for this story is a novel by Thomas Lodge, Rosalynde: Euphues Golden Legacy, published in 1590. If you're interested, here is the entire novel: Rosalynde

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This is an audio recording of the play by professional actors with sound effects:
As You Like It (Arkangel Shakespeare)
By William Shakespeare

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As You Like It
Starring Kevin Kline, Alfred Molina Bryce Dallas Howard