As You Like It


Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

A glittering new production of As You Like It, Shakespeare’s topsy-turvy celebration of love in all its forms, directed by Simon Phillips with music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.

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'Shakespeare’s wistful, joyous comedy.'

The Times (UK)
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'Some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches.'

The Guardian (UK)


Shakespeare’s warm-hearted romantic comedy 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. Illustrious director Simon Phillips (Shakespeare in Love), who has made an art of delighting audiences with Shakespearean romance, teams up once again with composers Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, who last brought their incredible talents to MTC for the smash-hit production of Twelfth Night.

In this playful and passionate romp, which includes many of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, musical theatre icon Christie Whelan Browne (Twelfth Night) will star alongside Bert LaBonté (The Book of Mormon) and Chris Ryan (Shakespeare in Love) for a night of divine comedy and woodland escapism.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Relaxed Performance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 3 October at 2pm
Tuesday 6 October at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 3 October
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 10 October at 2pm
Relaxed Performance Wednesday 28 October at 1pm
Laurence Boxhall

Laurence Boxhall

Silvius / Band / As cast

Andrew Coshan

Andrew Coshan


Artwork for Jack Green

Jack Green

Jacques de Boys / Band / As cast

Xani Kolac

Xani Kolac

Audrey / Band / Ensemble

Artwork for Joe Kosky

Joe Kosky

Charles the Wrestler / Band / As cast

Artwork for Bert LaBonté

Bert LaBonté


Artwork for Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan



Christie Whelan Browne


Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips



Alicia Clements

Set & Costume Designer

Nick Schlieper

Nick Schlieper

Lighting Designer


Kate Miller-Heidke



Keir Nuttall


Ian McDonald_BW.jpg

Ian McDonald

Musical Director & Additional Composition

Chris Twyman

Chris Twyman

Associate Lighting Designer

Artwork for Tim Paige

Tim Paige

Assistant Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006