British singer/songwriter Laura Marling is venturing into the world of theatre by composing the music for a new production of a William Shakespeare play.

The 23-year-old star admits she was "daunted" when she was approached by bosses at the Royal Shakespeare Company about writing songs to be used in a revamped version of The Bard's classic As You Like It.

She tells the Bbc, "I got the real fear about doing this. I have no knowledge of theatre and I'd say not a huge knowledge of Shakespeare either. (But) I wanted to shake it up a bit."

Marling enjoyed the process of writing for the stage, but is adamant she has no interest in acting, adding, "Absolutely not. That does not lie within me in any way."

The production opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, on Wednesday (24Apr13).