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Bell Shakespeare

Exploring our most heartfelt concerns and collective aspirations

Shakespeare’s legacy to successive generations is his firm faith in human potential. Bell Shakespeare is Australia's national theatre company specialising in the works of the poet and playwright who continues to challenge us to reach beyond our grasp and give us the wherewithal to imagine our future.

If we can learn anything from Shakespeare and his contemporaries, it is that we hold within ourselves the power to make choices about who we want to be. Bell Shakespeare believes that our greatest resource is our capacity to imagine and to transform: to picture a different world, to know that it can be one of our own making – and that we can be both its creator and a character within it.

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”


Act 4, Scene 5

2019 season

In 2019, Bell Shakespeare explores the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation in Molière’s ribald comedy of manners The Miser, starring John Bell and directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans.

In August, dive into the depths of humankind’s most vile traits when Adena Jacobs directs a grotesquely violent and boldly experimental Titus Andronicus.

Finally, witness the saucy and razor-sharp battle of wits between the bickering Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s timeless comic gem, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Associate Director James Evans.

Bell Shakespeare 2019 Season

Bell Shakespeare’s 2019 season shares three very different faces of humanity with you, our audience.

Artistic Director Peter Evans

New Zealand-born Peter Evans was appointed as Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, have been Co-Artistic Director alongside John Bell since 2012. 

Evans began his career directing at the University of Auckland, before moving to Australia to study at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). While studying at NIDA, Evans worked at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre. Later he assisted Wayne Harrison on the world premiere of David Williamson’s The Heretic at the Sydney Opera House.

An enthusiastic classicist, Evans was handpicked by Bell to co-lead Australia's foremost Shakespearean and classical theatre company. He has directed new versions of Two Gentlemen Of Verona (2005), The Tempest (2006), Julius Caesar (2011), Macbeth (2012), Phèdre (2013), Tartuffe (2014), The Dream (2014)  As You Like It (2015), Romeo And Juliet (2016), Othello (2016), Richard 3 (2017) and Antony and Cleopatra (2018).