Our Joan Sutherland Theatre stage has seen its fair share of drama and stars; way back in ‘precedented’ times it was usually home to gargantuan sets and orchestral magic accompanying ballerinas, crooners and other divas of note.
Last weekend John Bell AO took to our digital stage alone to present an excerpt from One Man In His Time, a fascinating look into the enduring power of language and theatre - no singing, no dancing, no mingling.
Jacques’ oft-quoted monologue from As You Like It is the perfect proscenium for Bell Shakespeare’s founder and national treasure to speak the speech on all things words, wisdom and William Shakespeare:
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
Act II, Scene VII
Bell Shakespeare’s 30th anniversary this year marks a milestone in Australian theatre. To celebrate this special presentation we take a look back at seven of the top moments in John Bell’s long and powerful history with Shakespeare on the stage.