Shakespeare in Love

15 July — 17 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).

Approx. 2 hours and 25 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Event Passed
This is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

'Lavishly costumed, with a wealth of comic talent on display, Simon Phillips’ production of Shakespeare In Love is terrific fun.'

The Age
This is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

'Shakespeare in Love is pure theatrical pleasure.'

Limelight Magazine
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'From the moment the lights come up on the set, this show is a sumptuous feast for the eye.'

The Guardian
This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

'Shakespeare in Love may be one of MTC’s most lavish productions in years, but it has an earthiness to it, a knockabout honesty and vigour, that is unstuffy and entirely winning.'

Time Out

More Information

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 27 July performance at 1pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 3 August at 2pm

Auslan Interpreted Saturday 10 August, 2pm
Michael Wahr

Michael Wahr

Will Shakespeare

Claire van der Boom

Claire van der Boom

Viola De Lesseps

Aljin Abella

Aljin Abella

Webster / Ensemble

Artwork for Luke Arnold

Luke Arnold

Marlowe / Ensemble

Laurence Boxhall

Laurence Boxhall

Sam / Ensemble

Tyler Coppin

Tyler Coppin

Wabash / Ensemble

Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel Frederiksen

Wessex / Ensemble

Francis Greenslade

Francis Greenslade

Tilney / Sir Robert / Ensemble

Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton

Ralph / 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 Alleyn / Ensemble

Artwork for Aaron Tsindos

Aaron Tsindos

Burbage / Ensemble

Artwork for Daisy



Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips


Gabriela Tylesova

Gabriela Tylesova

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Artwork for Andrew Kroenert

Andrew Kroenert

Musical Director

Artwork for Andrew Hallsworth

Andrew Hallsworth


Nigel Poulton

Nigel Poulton

Fight Director


Leith McPherson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Artwork for Jacob Battista

Jacob Battista

Associate Set Designer

Artwork for Dann Barber

Dann Barber

Associate Costume Designer

Artwork for Janet Hine

Janet Hine

Associate Costume Designer

Artwork for Clare Springett

Clare Springett

Associate Lighting Designer

Artwork for Jess Burns

Jess Burns

Assistant Director


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