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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

2021 season

Bell Shakespeare is, at its heart, a company that celebrates our relationship with one of the world’s greatest writers — Shakespeare. 2021 will be a celebration of theatre and acting, with some of our most prized productions and plays returning to the stage.

Peter Evans’ critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s iconic and tragic Hamlet is back exploring the complexities of love and grief.

John Bell returns for an intimate evening of performance and reflection in One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is reawakened in a breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.


Bell Shakespeare 2021 Season

Bell Shakespeare's 2021 season will be a celebration of theatre and acting, with some of the most prized productions and plays returning to the stage.

Peter Evans

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), Antony and Cleopatra (2018), The Miser (2019) and Hamlet (2020/2021).