Want to know where As You Like It is set? Shakespeare set As You Like It in France – first in the French royal court, and then the action moving to the Forest of Arden. The Elizabethan audience would have associated a forest in France with something romantic, far away, dreamy. But there is also a Forest of Arden in England so they would have made associations with their own lives in England. The Elizabethans were capable, though, of multi-dimensional thinking and as the name is similar to ‘Eden’ the setting would have suggested a paradise as well. There’s an irony in all that, however, because forest life is cold and windy with wild animals. Watching this play would have given the audience all sorts of problems around the perceptions of life they had.
The map below shows all the locations Shakespeare used for As You Like It, and below the map is a text list of the locations. When you click a pin on the map it opens to show all of the settings used within the location, using Shakespeare actual wording. You can zoom in on the map for a more detailed view of an area, click the icons on the map for more information, or use the list of all map pins below the As You Like It settings map: