The Land Acknowledgement or As You Like It

Wed 5 –⁠ Sun 9 Jun, 3pm & 8pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Performance & dance
From £25
past event
past event
Cliff Cardinal - As You Like It
Dahlia Katz

Shakespeare’s comedy of divisions takes on an entirely different meaning in this daring, subversive retelling by Cliff Cardinal, presented as part of LIFT 2024.

Cultural provocateur Cliff Cardinal revisits Shakespeare’s timeless tale of mistaken identities, gentle ruses and banishment in this show that exults in difficult subject matter.

Crow’s Theatre, one of Toronto’s most eclectic and adventuresome companies, decided to begin with an audacious new show. They said very little about it. Only that it was a 'radical retelling by Cliff Cardinal' of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. There were no further details, no cast list, nothing.

How – and why – was Cardinal, a young Indigenous playwright and actor of Cree and Lakota heritage, acclaimed for his acerbic humour and willingness to deal with raw emotions and difficult subject matter, going to retell one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and whimsical plays?

Called 'the Canadian arts surprise of the year' by The Globe and Mail, Cardinal's brilliant play, The Land Acknowledgement or As You Like It, offers us the unvarnished truth of the state of the reconciliation process between Indigenous communities and colonial settlers in Canada. When the curtains rise, you can be certain that it’s Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before and certainly never will again.

Winner of the 2023 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.

Presented as part of London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).

Crow’s Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.


‘a must-see’

Toronto Star

'a liberating night at the theatre... brutally funny, and so brutally honest'

The Globe and Mail

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For ages 14+

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Dates & times

Wed 5 –⁠ Fri 7 Jun, 8pm

Sat 8 Jun, 3pm & 8pm

Sun 9 Jun, 3pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.

Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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  • Concessions25%**

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