As You Like It

As You Like It

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Passionate and disarming, As You Like It – one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies – will be directed by Bell Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Peter Evans.
Featuring an inspiring cast, including John Bell as the melancholic Jaques, in his final role with Bell Shakespeare as an Artistic Director, and the exuberant Zahra Newman (twice Helpmann Award nominated) as Rosalind.
Villains. Heroes. Wrestling. Cross dressing. And love at first sight. What’s not to love about As You Like It?


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The forest of Arden is a magical and wonderful place, it can also get a bit confusing keeping up with all the cross dressing and double crossing that takes place in As You Like It. Below is a handy guide to help you on your way.

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Sir Rowland de Bois has recently died and, according to custom, has left the vast majority of his estate to his eldest son, Oliver.

Although Sir Rowland instructed Oliver to take care of his brother Orlando, Oliver instead denies Orlando the education, training and property befitting a gentleman.

Rosalind is depressed because Duke Senior, her father, has been overthrown and banished by his brother, Duke Frederick.

She falls in love with Orlando after he successfully beats Charles, the wrestler, at a wrestling match.

Rosalind is banished from the Court by Duke Frederick for treason. She dresses as a boy, calls herself Ganymede and flees to seek her father in the Forest of Arden.

She is accompanied by Celia, her cousin and best friend, who poses as Ganymede’s sister, Aliena. They are joined by Touchstone, the Court Jester.

In the Forest they encounter the shepherd Silvius who is in love with the disdainful Phebe. Things get complicated when Phebe falls in love with ‘Ganymede’.

Meanwhile, Orlando, fleeing his jealous brother, arrives in the Forest where he meets ‘Ganymede’. In this disguise Rosalind proceeds to instruct Orlando, Silvius and Phebe as to the nature of love.

Duke Frederick commands Oliver to find the runaways, but arriving in Arden, Oliver is converted by a kindly act from Orlando, and falls in love with Celia.

Duke Frederick repents of his tyranny, Rosalind throws off her disguise and a mass wedding ensues.



By William Shakespeare
Director Peter Evans
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Kate Aubrey
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Lighting Realiser Melbourne Tom Warneke
Musical Director & Composer Kelly Ryall
Associate Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Movement Director Scott Witt


Rosalind Zahra Newman
Orlando Charlie Garber
Oliver Dorje Swallow
Celia Kelly Paterniti
Touchstone Gareth Davies
Audrey/Amiens Abi Tucker
Phebe/Lord/Forest Lord Emily Eskell
Silvius/Charles/Lord/Forest Lord George Banders
Jaques/Le Beau John Bell
Adam/Corin Tony Taylor
Duke Senior/Duke Frederick Alan Dukes

Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Previews 21–24 February
Season 25 February – 28 March

Canberra Theatre Centre, The Playhouse
Preview 7 April
Season 8–18 April

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
Preview 23 April
Season 24 April – 10 May

Ticket prices
Full Premium (Friday & Saturday night) $79
Full Standard $75
Concession Premium (Friday & Saturday night) $72
Concession Standard $65
Under 30 (Sunday Wednesday only) $35
Preview $45

Special Event – Script To Stage
Director’s Production Presentation
Sydney Opera House, Playhouse
Tuesday 17 February, 6pm
Tickets free. RSVPs essential.

Special Event – Love is Blind
Pre-Show Theatrical Speed Dating
Sydney Opera House
5 March, 6pm
For bookings, contact Bell Shakespeare’s Box Office on 1300 305 730

Special Event – As You Like It Gala
Sydney Opera House
27 February, 7.30pm
For bookings, contact Bell Shakespeare’s Box Office on 1300 305 730

Season Packages available

As You Like It