This comprehensive guide includes a discussion of the play's textual history, analyses of its various contexts and sources of influence, an examination of its dramatic structure, a detailed plot summary, a discussion of major themes and critical approaches, and a look at major productions from the 16th through the 20th century.Shakespeare's As You Like It continues to captivate audiences some 400 years after it was written. This reference is a comprehensive guide to the play. Beginning with a discussion of the play's textual history, the guide analyzes its various contexts and sources of influence. The play's dramatic structure is examined, a detailed plot summary is offered, and the play's major themes—along with an overview of major critical approaches to the work—are discussed. The volume also covers major productions of As You Like It from the 16th through the 20th century.