A community theatre project will see more than 100 people come together to perform a popular Shakespeare comedy.

Following triumphant performances of Pericles at the National Theatre in 2018, the next Public Acts production of As You Like It will play from Saturday, August 24, to Tuesday, August 27.

Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, they find community and acceptance under the stars.

This UK premiere sees more than 100 community members, professional actors, and performance groups from across London come together for this magical tale of faithful friends, feuding families and lovers in disguise.

As You Like It is the second Public Acts production, the National Theatre’s new initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The production forms part of a two-year partnership with HASWA (Havering Asian Social Welfare Association), DABD, Queen’s Community Group and other organisations who deliver visionary work in their communities, together with theatre partner Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Through Public Acts, members of these organisations have taken part in a bespoke programme including weekly workshops, theatre trips and opportunities for socialising and creating together, including performing in As You Like It.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, August 24, to Tuesday, August 27. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk