Shakespeare in Love

15 July — 14 August 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

The Oscar-winning film comes to the stage in a boisterous romantic comedy directed by the illustrious Simon Phillips (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical).

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Young Will Shakespeare has a bad case of writer’s block and desperately needs a muse. His new comedy, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is less than inspired and he’s running out of time to deliver his next masterpiece. That is, until he meets Viola, and a real-life Romeo and Juliet story starts to take hold. But Viola has a secret, and this damned Romeo play is turning out to be nothing like the comedy the Queen demanded.

Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars in 1998 when Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes stole our hearts on screen. Now, Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s Academy Award-winning script has been transformed by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) into a side-splitting stage comedy with a stirring love story at its heart.

In a coup for MTC, this Australian Premiere production from acclaimed director Simon Phillips has been specially licensed by Disney Theatrical Productions. Don’t miss this unique theatrical event, which guarantees a rollicking night of romance and backstage fun, with lavish musical accompaniment.

Originally produced on the West End by Disney Theatrical Productions & Sonia Friedman Productions, directed by Declan Donnellan, and designed by Nick Ormerod.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 27 July at 2pm
Tuesday 30 July at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Prior to the Saturday performance at 1pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 3 August at 2pm

Auslan Interpreted Saturday 10 August, 2pm


100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004

Aljin Abella

Aljin Abella

Webster / Ensemble

Laurence Boxhall

Laurence Boxhall

Sam / Ensemble

Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel Frederiksen

Wessex / Ensemble

Francis Greenslade

Francis Greenslade

Tilney / Sir Robert / Ensemble

John Leary

John Leary

Henslowe / Ensemble


Adam Murphy

Fennyman / Ensemble

Deidre Rubenstein

Deidre Rubenstein

Queen / Nurse / Kate

Artwork for Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Ned / Ensemble

Artwork for Aaron Tsindos

Aaron Tsindos

Burbage / Ensemble

Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips


Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer


Leith McPherson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Artwork for Clare Springett

Clare Springett

Associate Lighting Designer