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.  

Today, Bell Shakespeare performs to over 150,000 people each year, sharing the timeless beauty of Shakespeare and other classics, in a contemporary context, with young people, teachers, communities and audiences in every state and territory of Australia.  

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.  

Please consider making a gift to support our work. Every gift truly makes a difference. We warmly welcome each and every donor and partner into the Bell Shakespeare family.