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Catch Up With Felix Berger-O’Neil


As an only child Felix spent many hours in front of the mirror making faces and putting on voices. This was the beginning of his love for acting; after being introduced to Shakespeare’s Hamlet for the first time at 18 by his Literature teacher things spiraled from there. He graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 2014 where he performed as Glen/Patrick in The Secret House, Snake in School for Scandal, Yegor Tremens Rodent in Slavs!, and Warren in This Is Our Youth. Felix debuted with the Australian Shakespeare Company this summer in As You Like It. He began as an understudy but quickly gained the parts of William and The Lion during the rehearsal period and mid season stepped in as one of the Male leads, Orlando. Felix has won the hearts of audiences as the love struck Orlando and now that the As You Like It season is coming to an end, he is looking for what is next!



Before taking on the role of Orlando you were understudying numerous roles- what is the life of an understudy like?

The life of an understudy is a very demanding one. There are high expectations on you to be ready. But it’s just a matter of doing the work and knowing your stuff as well as keeping updated and informed on changes to the text and play. I can’t stress enough the importance of just knowing your stuff.

How have you found taking on the role of Orlando half way through the season?

It was very daunting at first. And especially hard to step in when many of the other ensemble members have found their own rhythms in performance. But it only took a few performances to […]

Catch Up With Mark Dickinson


This summer Mark Dickinson is playing both Jaques and Charles in the ASC productions ‘As You Like It’. He has received some outstanding reviews for his “solid” (The Age) performance including the credit of being “one of our finest Music Theatre Performers. There doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t do and that glorious voice if always a joy” (Stage Whispers).

Before Mark found his way to the ASC stage he spent 8 years living and working in London and his theatrical credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Disney’s High School Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone and Les Miserables. Mark’s most notable Australian role is Dr Brian Ironwood, the face of Beyond Blue’s Mantherapy campaign. Mark also played the role of Claudius in ASC’s production of Hamlet, Col Ricci in Passion, Dan in Next To Normal, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Molokov in CHESS, Lt Brannigan in Guys And Dolls, Mike Kirkeby in Promises, Promises, Gus in CATS and Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.

Australian film and television credits include the soon to be released Stories I Want To Tell You In Person by Lally Katz (ABC TV), House Husbands (Ch9), Ned (feature), South Pacific (feature), Digital Memory (short), The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (ABC TV).

We sat down with Mark to ask him a few quick questions about his career, performance in As You Like It and what is next for him!

Looking at your biography, you have a huge range of shows up your sleeve, from Les Mis to High School Musical. What parts do you prefer to play?

Yes, I’ve been very lucky with the diverse range of roles I have played. For a long time, I’ve been considered for […]

Catch up with Lucy Gransbury

Anyone who has seen Lucy Gransbury up on stage already knows what a talent she is- but the behind the scenes Lucy is even more impressive (if you can believe it!). She sings, acts, dances, runs, writes, she is the face of our As You Like It posters and then, to top it all off, she is incredibly lovely.  This summer Lucy has been in two of our shows, Caribbean Pirates at the Polly Woodside Ship and Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens. At times she had three performances a day and would run (yes…run) between sets. She is an absolute star and great gal. Lucy took a moment this week to answer some of our questions…

Over the summer, all up how many shows will you have performed in?

In January I got to do 45 shows. A couple were cancelled for rain (damn you, Melbourne!), but for three weeks of January I was scheduled for 16 shows a week. It was awesome. By the end of the Shakespeare season in March, I think I’ll be up to about 85 shows for the whole summer. And then I’ll fall into a sleep coma, probably.

When Pirates and As You Like It were both playing over Jan, describe your day.

-7 a.m Beep. Beep. Beep. Curl my hair and tuck it under a hat. Drop my car off at the Botanic Gardens, jog 3km’s to the Polly Woodside ship. Vegemite toast at the café next door to the ship (most of my pay packet went on toast. Seriously).

-9a.m Arrive at Polly Woodside, which gives us an hour to set-up, warm-up, and have a good ol’ Pirate chat.

-10am Caribbean Pirates show, followed by photos […]

Alice and Peter Wowed Fans and Critics!

Although we love all of our shows equally, we in the company have a special soft spot for our family shows.  This summer we had 4 family shows playing in Australia, 1 in Sydney and 3 in Melbourne. Also, the 2014-2015 Summer Series saw the launch of a brand new show Alice in Never Neverland and we could not have been more thrilled with the reception!

We received lots of messages of support and some truly fabulous reviews. So for those who didn’t get to see the show, have a read of this testimonial below and see what it was all about! Be sure to check this space later in the year to see what family shows we will be brining you in the 2015-2016 Summer Series.

“Thank you for the beautiful work you do! It is heartwarming to escape into how our children see and experience the world, to have the magical journeys and adventures, and to experience the joy and beauty of theatre together, I could not be more thrilled with the shows the ASC deliver. We saw Alice at Ripponlea previously and Pirates at Polly also and watch your site for shows! My husband is in shipping so the Pirates show was so much fun, who doesn’t want to be a pirate when you are 3-10… (or even 30-100!)? Alice sparked a beautiful journey for my boys where we have read the book and watched every version both theatre and film. As a mum of boys I have loved this and it also began our journey into theatre for the kids. It has inspired my boys to start performing themselves with my son Sam (8 y/o) now auditioning to be in a local […]

White Night 2015

White Night is on again this year in Melbourne on Saturday the 21st of Feb. Our plan for the evening is to start at As You Like It. Have a picnic at the show and then watch this wonderful production come to life in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

7.30pm: Arrive at As You Like It, settle in, set up your picnic, have a glass (or two..) of wine and watch the show start at 8.00pm

10.30pm: As You Like It finishes, make your way into the city via the tram up St Kilda Road.

To book tickets to As You Like It click here

For more information on White Night click here


Great ‘date night’ entertainment!

As You Like It

Valentines Day is booking fast!!   Don’t miss the out on this special night !!!

On Valentines Day 2015 join us in the beautiful Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens and be transported to the world of the forest of Arden. A place of tangled loves and mistaken identity. A night with Shakespeare Under the Stars is relaxing and romantic. So pack a picnic, pop the cork and snuggle up under the stars with that someone special. Hurry, tickets are selling fast so don’t delay!!

To book tickets click here or call 03 8676 7511

For those who are not sure just how to go about this… let us help you!

Step 1. Book tickets here

Step 2. Get the picnic sorted- go to the shops and buy- good quality bread, yummy dips, chocolate and some wine OR you can order a warm meal to be delivered to you at the show here. Wine, beer, cider and soft drinks can also be purchased at the show.

Step 3. Pack a picnic rug and maybe a blanket to have a cuddle under

Step 4. Surprise that someone special one Valentines day, and make your way to The Melbourne Botanic Gardens for the 8.00pm show

Step 5. Relax, watch the show and take stock of all the brownie points you just got

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Cancelled Performances

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Who is behind the ASC?

The Australian Shakespeare Company presents exciting, accessible and contemporary productions of Shakespeare and other dramatised classics in innovative and unique theatre performances.

The company in its current form began life as Shakespeare Under The Stars in 1987 under the directorship of Glenn Elston, who pioneered popular outdoor theatre in Australia. His award winning annual outdoor productions of Shakespeare and The Wind in the Willows have now played to well over a million people throughout the country. Glenn joined the Australian Shakespeare Company in 1998 as Artistic Director and Producer and has developed the company into Australia’s largest independent theatre company.

The Australian Shakespeare Company performs and tours in metropolitan and regional cities and remote and outback locations, from Melbourne and Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens to Kakadu National Park and Beswick Falls in the Northern Territory. Audiences include families, seniors, tourists, students and young professionals, all of whom experience the magic of outdoor performances with some of Australia’s finest professional performers and creative artists.

Although best known for performances in parks and gardens, the Australian Shakespeare Company creates extraordinary productions for all locations – indoor and outdoor – creating plays that are not only site specific but can be adapted to the needs and circumstances of particular communities and occasions.

In 2010 the company launched the Young Bards education programme for 7 to 18 year olds. With this programme the Australian Shakespeare Company extends its vision of exciting, contemporary theatre produced the way Shakespeare intended – unshackled from traditional constraints, accessible and above all entertaining for everyone.

The Australian Shakespeare Company was founded in 1982 by British actor and director Neale Warrington and co-founders Ivan Calnin, Laurence Balshaw-Blake, David Peake, Phillip Beckensall, Barry Robinson, Barry Berger and Rex Perry. Under […]