Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In this challenging period we wanted to provide you with an update on how the Government’s directive to restrict public gatherings of 100 or more people is impacting Bell Shakespeare. 

Currently our work on stages and in schools has ceased. As a resident company of Sydney Opera House, Canberra Theatre Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne, who have all issued closures, this has unfortunately meant that our production of Hamlet closed only a week after opening.  

It also means we’ve had to delay our activities that take our Players and Teaching Artists into schools until at least into Term 2, whilst guidance around assembling in education institutions is assessed and updated. We are however continuing to provide support to teachers around Australia with online resources and will endeavour to find new ways to reach our audience through other mechanisms. 

We are deeply saddened to disappoint our audiences by not continuing with our scheduled activity, but the health and well-being of our staff, patrons and community must be our top priority. But dark times often bring out the best in people, and we have seen such beautiful support from many of our family of Members and Donors who have generously donated the value of their tickets back to the Company, to support us through these unprecedented period. 

Over the next few weeks and months, you will hear about how this difficult time is significantly impacting the arts sector – and we will not be immune to the challenges. We will be in touch with updates in the future with ways in which you may choose to help us – from buying tickets when we are able to next present a production, through to supporting our philanthropy campaigns and helping our education program. 

We wish your family and community all the best. 

Gill Perkins and Peter Evans
Executive Director and Artistic Director