Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Update: 20 April 2020

As this challenging period continues, we’d like to update you on further news from Bell Shakespeare.

Along with the cancellation of Hamlet in March we are deeply saddened to have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel our 2020 national tour of The Comedy of Errors. Like all companies in the live performance sector, Bell Shakespeare’s ability to produce and present our annual theatre and education program has been significantly impacted by the essential restrictions enforced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The national tour is at the heart of what we do – sharing Shakespeare with Australians everywhere. This decision has not been made lightly, but the health and wellbeing of all (particularly those who are most vulnerable in communities around Australia) remains our primary concern.

Delays to activities that take our Players and Teaching Artists into schools have been extended, however we continue to provide support to teachers and students across Australia with online resources and workshops.

While our work on stage and in schools has paused for the moment, we intend to continue finding ways to share the beauty of Shakespeare’s works with students, teachers and audiences everywhere.

We have been humbled by the outpouring of support from our community and thank you for your generosity. Financially it is a precarious time and your care for our company and for what we do is keenly felt by us all. We thank you.

Gill Perkins and Peter Evans
Executive Director and Artistic Director