Since day one of Bell Shakespeare, education and learning have been at the core of our activities, hand in hand with everything we do. We are proud to present Australian theatre's most comprehensive and wide-reaching education programme, allowing students and teachers, young and not-so-young, across this great country, to experience Shakespeare the way it was meant to be experienced.
In 2013 our new troupe of Players will take to the road, touring the country to bring Macbeth: Undone and the brand new Such Sweet Sorrow to life, performing Actors At Work in your school. In Sydney and Melbourne Peter will direct Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. We'll tour the country with Student Masterclasses, teacher Professional Learning and Artists in Residence. We'll once again offer regional scholarships for students and teachers and a Regional Access Programme for our national tour of The Comedy Of Errors.
On our mainstage we will explore family - historically, tragically and comedically. We start the year with one of John's favourite plays, Henry 4. John will direct and play the lord of misrule, Falstaff. We'll then delve into love, betrayal, humiliation, despair and death in Racine's masterpiece, Phèdre, directed by Peter. Finally, we will explore identity, madness and metamorphosis in The Comedy Of Errors.
Our 23rd year delivers one of the most rich and diverse seasons yet. Spanning the full spectrum, there is truly something to inspire all ages. We look forward to sharing it with you.
John Bell AO and Peter Evans