Our Story


‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be’

Hamlet


VISION

We perform work that is timeless and borderless.

WE ARE BELL SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare’s work explores human experience at its limits. It was written to be performed. We ensure it lives and breathes in theatres, schools and regional venues across Australia, where his words can be truly appreciated.

We value the beauty of Shakespeare’s ideas, language and imagery. His work helps us find modern perspectives on timeless truths.

We believe Shakespeare and other great works are not stuck in the past. They are the lens through which we can explore and question the present and imagine our future.

These plays are not static. They’re constantly helping us make sense of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. And we’re not static either. We’ve been travelling the country for 30 years, bringing classic theatre to Australia, looking for new ways to inspire and move audiences.

Shakespeare and the other classic plays we present challenge our beliefs and urge us to see ourselves in a new light. Their ability to discover the things that make us human inspires us to make work that challenges preconceptions and encourages new interpretations and contemporary parallels – work that speaks to every age.

ARTISTIC MISSION

To use Shakespeare and classical works as a means by which we acknowledge our past, explore the present, and contemplate our future;

To perform and share Shakespeare’s works with audiences in theatres, schools and communities across the country;

To support a culturally rich society and to contribute to that with respect, integrity and passion;

To embody the strongest social values in everything we do.

SHAKESPEARE’S LEGACY

Shakespeare’s writing challenges us to reach beyond our grasp and gives us the wherewithal to imagine our future. If we can learn anything from Shakespeare and the great writers of the past, it is that we hold within ourselves the power to make choices about who we want to be.

Bell Shakespeare believes that our greatest resource is our capacity to imagine and to transform: to picture a different world, to know that it can be one of our own making – and that we can be both its creator and a character within it.

SUSTAINABILITY


“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”

Troilus And Cressida


At Bell Shakespeare, we choose sustainable work practices across all aspects of the Company’s operations. As a national company constantly on the move, we are committed to assessing and reducing our carbon footprint with a firm vision for the future.

At our headquarters in Sydney’s historic Rocks, and with our landlord Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, we ensure the best possible practices are implemented in our offices and rehearsal/production premises. This includes energy reduction, responsible waste management, and the use of green products within the office.

OUR AIMS ARE TO:

  • Assess and calculate our annual carbon footprint and reduce that footprint
  • Review our ways of communicating with our patrons and increase our electronic capacity including invitations, letters and newsletters
  • Use paper stock that is at least 50% recycled
  • Recycle and reuse existing sets, costumes and props where practical.
  • Create environmentally responsible theatre productions
  • Encourage and implement Company-wide behavioural change