History Of Bell Shakespeare

Bell Shakespeare began its extraordinary journey in 1990 with a singular vision from our Founding Artistic Director, John Bell, supported by arts philanthropist, the late Anthony Gilbert AM – to take the works of Shakespeare to Australians from all walks of life, in every corner of this vast country.

It began with the staging of Hamlet in a circus tent in 1991, and a passion to see Shakespeare performed for Australians, by Australians.

Now, almost 30 years later, by touring mainstage and education programs to every state in the country, on stages, in schools, community centres, juvenile justice centres and into regional and remote communities, Bell Shakespeare uses Shakespeare’s universal insights to bring inspiration and truth to audiences everywhere, of all ages and walks of life.

Today Bell Shakespeare enjoys the fruits of its labour: a history rich with legends of the stage; a national theatre education and community program with unequalled reach and impact; a creative development arm which ensures artistic vibrancy; and a loyal and passionate audience that has made the Company that began in a circus tent into a national icon.

Past Productions

2020 Season

In Theatres

In Schools

2019 Season

In Schools

  • Just Romeo and Juliet!
  • Words, Words, Words
  • Shakespeare: The Human Experience

2018 Season

In Schools

  • Wonderful World of Will
  • Macbeth: The Rehearsal
  • Shakespeare is Dead

2017 Season

In Schools

  • Romeo and Juliet: Rewind
  • Shakespeare is Dead
  • Wonderful World of Will

2016 Season

In Theatres

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Literati
  • Othello
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Education)

In Schools

  • Hamlet: Out of Joint
  • Such Sweet Sorrow
  • Bottom's Dream

2015 Season

In Theatres

  • As You Like It
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (Education)

In Schools

  • Macbeth: Undone
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Just Macbeth! (abridged)

2014 Season

In Theatres

  • Henry V
  • The Dream
  • The Winter's Tale
  • Tartuffe
  • 450th Birthday
  • Intimate Letters
  • Macbeth (Education)

In Schools

  • Hamlet: Out of Joint
  • Such Sweet Sorrow
  • Double Trouble

2013 Season

In Theatres

  • Henry 4
  • Phèdre
  • The Comedy Of Errors
  • Opera For A Small Mammal
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Education)

In Schools

  • Such Sweet Sorrow
  • Macbeth: Undone
  • Midsummer Madness
  • Double Trouble

2012 Season

In Theatres

  • Macbeth
  • The Duchess Of Malfi
  • The School For Wives
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Intimate Letters
  • Romeo And Juliet (Education)

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2011 Season

In Theatres

  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Faustus
  • Julius Caesar
  • Romeo And Juliet (Education)

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2010 Season

In Theatres

  • King Lear
  • Twelfth Night
  • Just Macbeth!

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2009 Season

In Theatres

  • The Alchemist
  • Pericles
  • The Taming Of The Shrew
  • Venus & Adonis

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2008 Season

In Theatres

  • As You Like It
  • Hamlet
  • Anatomy Titus Fall Of Rome
  • Venus & Adonis
  • Just Macbeth!

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2007 Season

In Theatres

  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • The Government Inspector
  • Moby Dick

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2006 Season

In Theatres

  • Romeo And Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • The Merchant Of Venice
  • The Comedy Of Errors
  • Moby Dick

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2005 Season

In Theatres

  • Wars Of The Roses
  • Measure For Measure
  • The Two Gentlemen Of Verona
  • The Servant Of Two Masters
  • Moby Dick

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2004 Season

In Theatres

  • The Servant Of Two Masters
  • Twelfth Night
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Comedy Of Errors

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2003 Season

In Theatres

  • Hamlet
  • As You Like It
  • The Servant Of Two Masters

In Schools

  • Actors At Work
  • Shakespeare In Action

2002 Season

In Theatres

  • Richard III
  • The Comedy Of Errors
  • Hippolytus
  • The Taming Of The Shrew
  • The Soldier’s Tale
  • My Girragundji

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2001 Season

In Theatres

  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony And Cleopatra
  • Shakespeare’s R & J
  • The Tempest
  • My Girragundji

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

2000 Season

In Theatres

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Troilus + Cressida
  • Dance Of Death
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1999 Season

In Theatres

  • The Merchant Of Venice
  • Henry V
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • Romeo And Juliet
  • The Listmaker
  • Storm Boy

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1998 Season

In Theatres

  • Henry IV
  • King Lear
  • I Own The Racecourse

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1997 Season

In Theatres

  • The Winter’s Tale
  • The Tempest
  • Macbeth
  • Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1996 Season

In Theatres

  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Coriolanus
  • Storm Boy

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1995 Season

In Theatres

  • Twelfth Night
  • Pericles

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1994 Season

In Theatres

  • Macbeth
  • The Taming Of The Shrew

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1993 Season

In Theatres

  • Romeo And Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Richard III

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1992 Season

In Theatres

  • Richard III
  • Hamlet
  • The Merchant Of Venice

In Schools

  • Actors At Work

1991 Season

In Theatres

  • Hamlet
  • The Merchant Of Venice

In Schools

  • Actors At Work