Thanks to the foresight and generosity of the late Anthony Gilbert AO, Bell Shakespeare has become the accomplished Company that it is today, and his legacy still lives on.

By leaving a bequest for Bell Shakespeare in your will, you create an enduring and deeply personal gift that helps make sure future generations are introduced to, and inspired by, the work we do.

Now in my 80s, I wish I could be more certain that, as I nod off, I will feel on the back of my neck the hot breath of likeminded successors. They will be intent on the same enjoyment and satisfaction that I have experienced.

The Late Anthony Gilbert AO


It is through such powerful and moving statements as legacy gifts that Bell Shakespeare is able to plan for a future that is confident and secure. With your support, Bell Shakespeare can expand its core mission to use Shakespeare and classical work to explore who we are and who we might be. Your passion for theatre can live on in theatres, schools, and communities across the country. The decision to include a gift in your will is a very personal one.  If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to Bell Shakespeare, please contact us for a confidential conversation.

We set out below a simple form of bequest. This is not, however, offered as legal advice, which should always be obtained from your own lawyer.

“I give and bequeath [ the sum of $_____ / % of estate / the residue of my estate ] to the public fund of the Bell Shakespeare Company Limited to be used for the principal purposes of the Company. The receipt of an authorised officer of the Company for the time being will be a full discharge to my trustees for the legacy and my trustees shall not be obliged to see to its application.”

The Bell Shakespeare Legacy Circle has been formed to honour and thank those who have included a gift to the Company in their will.  Alerting us to a gift you have made in your will allows us to thank you appropriately by welcoming you to our Legacy Circle. As part of this important group of supporters, you will be invited to unique, behind the scenes events and become part of the Bell Shakespeare family.

The acknowledgement of your gift and your participation in the Legacy Circle will inspire like-minded theatre lovers to consider a gift to Bell Shakespeare, but if anonymity is your preference, this will be respected.

You may speak with us in confidence about the options and opportunities available to you relating to a bequest or any other gift to the Company by calling our Debra Reinecke, Head of Development, on 02 8298 9082 or

All gifts in support of Bell Shakespeare are received by the Company’s public fund, The Bell Shakespeare Company Fund.

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