CAST 2016:

as you like it



Welcome to the website for the Cambridge American Stage Tour! Keep checking back for photos from rehearsals and the tour, and for tour updates!

CAST, established under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench in 2000, is one of the major international theatre tours of the University of Cambridge. It aims to bring the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern United States.

Now in its seventeenth year, Cambridge University’s largest international tour show has been performing to packed houses and critical acclaim since 2000. Each September, Cambridge’s most talented actors, directors, designers and technicians travel across the Atlantic to bring a Shakespeare play to colleges, high schools and professional theatres. This year’s production of As You Like It will be directed by Marthe de Ferrer.

CAST is increasingly renowned as a showcase of the leading dramatic talent in Cambridge, including countless actors and directors about to enter the world of professional theatre. The directors of the last seven CAST productions have gone on to successful careers in theatre directing.

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players...

Often described as the original sketch show, this production of As You Like It throws us from the oppressive courts to the wild depths of the forest, meeting an array of weird and wonderful characters.

Duke Frederick has usurped and exiled his brother Duke Ferdinand. Oliver de Boys is plotting against his brother Orlando’s life. Rosalind has disguised herself as a man, and run off into the forest alongside her cousin Celia, whilst Orlando flees from his brother.

As the anarchic love story unfolds, the Forest of Arden bursts into summer. Shakespeare’s early comedy takes us into a world of mistaken identities, murderous plots, cross-dressing, pastoral love, and wrestling. 

With a modern, bohemian aesthetic, live music, dancing, and a lot of ribbons, CAST 2016 brings one of Shakespeare’s best-loved, summertime comedies to the stage!


Venues and Tickets

Straight from Cambridge University, CAST has been crossing the Atlantic annually for nearly 17 years to tour up and down the east coast of the USA. 2016 will be no exception.

Tour dates and venues to be confirmed very soon. Check back for more information.

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The cast of cast


If you are a student of Cambridge University, we are holding auditions soon. Click on the link below for more information:





The cREW of cast


Meet the production team...

Louisa Dales/ TOUR MANAGER

Josie Wastell / TOUR MANAGER

Marthe de Ferrer / DIRECTOR

Applications are open for the rest of the 2016 production team. If you are a current student of the University of Cambridge, you can find more information at the link below:




2015 - The Taming of the Shrew

2014 - Much Ado About Nothing

2013 - Measure for Measure

2012 - Antony & Cleopatra

2011 - Macbeth

2010 - The Tempest

2009 - Two Gentlemen of Verona

2008 - Henry V

2007 - The Winter's Tale

2006 - Twelfth Night

2005 - Much Ado About Nothing

2004 - As You Like It

2003 - A Midsummer Night's Dream

2002 - The Comedy of Errors

2001 - Romeo and Juliet

2000 - Hamlet


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