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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

2020 season

2020 will be a year of mirth and melancholy as we explore stories of identity. We’re thrilled to put a new lens over a timeless work, Hamlet, and explore the emotional journey of a young man, performed by a talented young woman.

In one of Shakespeare’s most classic comedies, The Comedy of Errors swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps lead to an unbelievably crazy day for bumbling twins.

Bell Shakespeare is, at its heart, a company that celebrates our relationship with one of the world’s greatest writers — Shakespeare.

Bell Shakespeare 2020 Season

2020 will be a year of mirth and melancholy as we explore stories of identity.

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).