The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy, As You Like It.

“Love is merely a madness!”

Separately, Rosalind and her dear friend Celia, the noble Orlando, and the usurped Duke Senior and his courtiers get banished and set up new lives in the Forest of Arden. Free from the constraints of their former lives lovers tussle, wits and fools spar, familial bonds are challenged, and everyone wrestles with what it really means to be yourself.

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

In exile they become exultant as true love and true identity is found in the forest. This rustic romp packed with music, laughs, cross-dressing confusion and a dash of wrestling will keep you smiling to the last.

Event details

Adult: £18 | Child: £14 

Gates open: 6pm
Show begins: 7pm

Pack your chairs and picnics and spend a glorious summer’s evening watching this entertaining comedy.

Performed in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance, this is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

Luxury picnics

£55 | Designed for two

Pre-order your Garden Gourmet Hamper available for collection on the night at Flora's Temple in the garden.

  • A selection of estate farm shop charcuterie and local cheese
  • Freshly baked rolls and artisan crackers
  • English asparagus, mango and avocado salad
  • Sweet potato, pickled onion, coriander and goats cheese salad
  • Summer vegetable frittata
  • Estate farm shop crisps
  • Strawberries with clotted cream
  • Gold leaf macaroons
  • Chocolate ganache tart
  • Sparkling elderflower
  • A bottle of Burlington Collection wine


1. Will the play still take place if the weather is poor?

The play will take place whatever the weather, so please come prepared for all weather conditions.

2. What time do the performances start?

The gates will open at 6pm and the performance will take place from 7pm to approximately 9.30pm.

3. Does my ticket include admission to the garden during the day?

No, tickets include admission to the garden from 6.30pm. You can also buy day tickets to the garden.

4. What refreshments are available?

There will be sandwiches and freshly made pasties, as well as tea and coffee available to buy on the night. Luxury picnics are available for pre-order through the ticket booking process.

5. Do children pay?

Children aged 3 and under get into the concert for free and do not require a ticket. Children aged 4 and over will need to purchase a ticket for the event at the prices quoted above.

6. What if I have lost my tickets?

Chatsworth does not accept responsibility for the loss of tickets.

7. When will tickets from online bookings be sent out?

Tickets will be posted out in waves from early June 2022 up to the week before the concert. Tickets purchased until midnight 26 July 2022 will be posted. Tickets booked from 27 July will be available for collection from the box office on the night. Please call the Chatsworth bookings office on 01246 565 430 if you have any questions.

8. What's the last day for booking tickets online?

Online booking will be available until 2 August 2022, after which tickets will be available on site at till points, and at the entrance to the concert, subject to availability. Please note that this event is extremely popular and may sell out before the night of the performance.

9. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

10. Can I bring gazebos, tents, barbecues or awnings?

Please bring along your own picnic rugs and chairs. Unfortunately barbecues, gazebos, tents, awnings and Chinese lanterns are not permitted.

11. Can I take photographs?

Photographs are permitted for non-commercial purposes.

12. Can I bring a dog?

It is not suitable to bring your dog to this event.

13. Is there discount for groups?

There are no group discounts for the theatre performance.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have a collection of hotels, inns, cottages and restaurants on and around the Chatsworth Estate that will make your visit that little bit more comfortable and special. Visit our website to find out more and to book online.

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