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“All Australians, no matter where they live or what their circumstance, should have the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s works.”

John Bell - Founding Artistic Director

Bell Shakespeare began its extraordinary journey in 1990 with a bold vision from our Founding Artistic Director, John Bell AO, supported by arts philanthropist, the late Anthony Gilbert AM – that is, that all Australians, no matter where they live or what their circumstance, should have the opportunity to experience Shakespeare’s works.

For the past 30 years, Bell Shakespeare has shared the timeless beauty of Shakespeare and other classics with young people, teachers, communities and audiences in every state and territory of Australia.

This year, we face unprecedented challenges. We need your support more than ever.

Bell Shakespeare simply could not do all we do without the enormous generosity of our donors, trusts and foundations, government, and corporate partners, all of whom play a vital role in supporting us to achieve our vision.

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Sharing
Shakespeare

By making a donation to Sharing Shakespeare, you are supporting Bell Shakespeare's world-class education and community outreach programs and providing opportunities for people who might not otherwise be able to access our programs.

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How we share Shakespeare

John Bell Scholarship

The opportunity of a lifetime for budding actors in regional Australia. This program is only made possible through generous support from our donors and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

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In-school performances

With generous support from our donors and many trusts and foundations we are able to travel the country performing in schools and community centres.

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Sharing Shakespeare Subsidies

Sharing Shakespeare provides subsidies to schools challenged by financial, socioeconomic and geographic barriers, for a range of our in-school programs.

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Support Cast

Supporting
cast

By making a donation to Supporting Cast, ​you are enabling Bell Shakespeare to direct funds where they are needed most including supporting our artists and ongoing operations during this uncertain time.

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Together, we can open up a world of possibility

For over 30 years Bell Shakespeare has been inspiring the dreams of artists, audiences and young people with world-class theatre productions and an unrivalled education program. We now look to the future with renewed hope, energy and passion. And with your support, we can turn dreams into reality.

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All donations to The Bell Shakespeare Company Fund over $2 are tax-deductible. Donations of $1000 and above are acknowledged in our production programs; donations of $500 and above are acknowledged on our website.