'[A] gorgeous and rousing production'
'Christie Whelan Browne shines'
'A confident and very welcome return to the stage'
'Real theatre is back'
'The perfect antidote to Melbourne's lockdown'
ABOUT THE SHOW
Following their smash-hit collaboration on Twelfth Night, director Simon Phillips, musical theatre icon Christie Whelan Browne and musicians Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall reunite for another spectacular slice of Shakespeare: the big-hearted comedy As You Like It – one of the Bard's most popular and thematically contemporary plays, and the source of many of his most famous lines.
Warm-hearted and romantic, As You Like It follows the irrepressible Rosalind, who is banished from court with her cousin Celia. But before they can escape into exile, Rosalind catches the eye of love-struck Orlando. What ensues is a riotous tangle of matched and mismatched lovers, mistaken identities, melodic songs and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness?
With more twists than a country lane, As You Like It is a topsy-turvy celebration of love in all its forms, from a director who has made an art of delighting audiences with Shakespearean romance.
Recording produced in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne
Photo by Jeff Busby
Subtitles and audio description are currently available in English.
Playing the Part
Hear from the cast of As You Like It as they discuss the process of bringing Shakespeare's characters to life on stage.
Discover how the MTC wardrobe team brought Alicia Clements's intricate costume designs for As You Like It to life.
As You Like It Set Design Virtual Tour
Explore Alicia Clements's sprawling set design for Shakespeare's As You Like It in this virtual tour.
Director Simon Phillips and members of the As You Like It cast discuss the specifics of what makes this play funny.
All the world's a stage
Tim Walter performs one of Shakespeare's most iconic speeches in As You Like It. Discover how he brings the words to life with his notes on the Seven Ages of Man monologue.
As You Like It Education Pack
A resource pack for teachers and students to learn more about Shakespeare's As You Like It, with activities to analyse and explore the MTC production.
Creating the Forest of Arden on stage
Production Manager Michele Preshaw and Scenic Art Supervisor Shane Dunn reflect on the process of bringing Shakespeare's Forest of Arden to life on the Sumner stage.
Designing As You Like It
Set and Costume Designer Alicia Clements explores the process of creating the magical world of As You Like It on stage.
Directing As You Like It
Director Simon Phillips discusses the specifics of Shakespearean comedy, mistaken identity and witty wordplay in As You Like It.
Lighting As You Like It
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper discusses shadow, colour and light in his work on As You Like It.