Following their smash-hit collaboration on Twelfth Night, director Simon Phillips and musicians Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall reunite for another spectacular slice of Shakespeare; the big-hearted comedy As You Like It, opening on Thursday 18 November at Southbank Theatre.

Promising to be a beautifully refreshed version of Shakespeare’s classic, As You Like It will be the unmissable theatrical event to farewell 2021.

As You Like It will mark MTC’s return to stage after Victoria’s latest lockdown and the cancellation of three productions.

Christie Whelan Browne (Twelfth Night) takes on the role of Rosalind alongside James Mackay (Dynasty) as Orlando. Completing the cast of this must-see production are Natalie Abbott (Muriel’s Wedding the Musical), Laurence Boxhall (Shakespeare in Love), Georgia Flood (Wentworth), Daniel Frederiksen (Shakespeare in Love), Jack Green (Neighbours), Xani Kolac (What Rhymes with Cars and Girls), Richard Piper (Twelfth Night), Chris Ryan (Shakespeare in Love), Richard Sergeant (Daddy), Tim Walter (A Flea in Her Ear), and Shivantha Wijesinha (The Letters).

In accordance with government regulations, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption will be required for anyone over the age of 16 to attend an MTC production. All staff at MTC venues will likewise be fully vaccinated.

About the play: 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.

November 13 – December 18