As You Like It: A Radical Retelling Arrives at Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Cliff Cardinal‘s new realization of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It is on its way to the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

Armed with cutting humour, Cardinal’s take on the Bard’s classic brings renewed energy to this twisting comedy about the trials of love and mistaken identity. Cardinal’s unpredictability is in full force in this new adaptation — you’ve never seen Shakespeare quite like this.

Named by The Globe and Mail as a Canadian Cultural Icon in 2022, Cliff Cardinal is a cultural provocateur, playwright, and performer who delights in difficult subject matter, raw emotions, and topical comedy. Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cliff studied playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada and is an associate artist at VideoCabaret in Toronto, where he develops his new work.

With this subversive update to the Bard’s classic, Cliff Cardinal, creator of Huff, Stitch, and CBC Special, aims to surprise and provoke. See for yourself why Cardinal has been described as “one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country” (Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine).

Cast will be announced at each performance.

As You Like It: A Radical Retelling (A Crow’s Production) opens at GCTC on January 19. Tickets are available here. Limited Pick-Your-Price tickets ($15/$25/$35) are available.


GCTC is celebrating its 48th Season in 2022-23. We continue to foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world. GCTC aims to increase the diversity on its stages, in its creative teams, make its work inclusive for more audiences and deepen their experience. GCTC also continues to embrace artistic risk and to ensure a wide range of theatrical experiences.

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Aisling is Intermission's senior editor and an award-winning arts journalist with bylines including the Toronto Star, NEXT Magazine, CTV News Toronto, and Maclean's. She likes British playwright Sarah Kane, most songs by Taylor Swift, and her cats, Fig and June.