An open-air promenade production of As You Like It by Iris Theatre opens at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (aka The Actors Church) next week. Here, the company give us five reasons why we should go and see it...

1. The Setting
The gardens of the Actor’s Church are one of central London’s hidden gems. The play promenades through the 17th century grounds and around the building of this famous Inigo Jones landmark. The surroundings are magical, especially as it gets dark during evening performances.

2. A Stunt Dog
As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, with an array of classic comic characters and arguably his most compelling comic heroine in Rosalind. We also have a dog playing a goat.

3. A Summer Evening Walk
Follow us around the grounds of the Church, with actors leading the way from the impeccable style of the Victorian court to the freedom of the forest of Arden. Our promenade approach brings you right into the play, and adds to the feeling of freshness and fun.

4. The best young stars and experienced talent
We’ve mixed the hottest new talent on the London stage with the insight of great experience (we recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Harwood (Adam / Corin) on the London stage). The energy that the cast bring to Shakespeare’s language is a rare thing to behold.

5. We’re weatherproof
Whether basking in sunshine or soaking in rain, the play must go on! There were some nights last year when our actors were almost washed away, but we ploughed on regardless, which just adds to the fun – so if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella or grab a spot under our covered marquee, and we’ll provide ponchos and a great night out (plus hot drinks inside during the interval!).