The Neilson Nutshell

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space." - Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2

Inspired by the above passage, Bell Shakespeare's main studio and theatre space is The Neilson Nutshell. The space has been designed with warm wood panelling and features fully flexible seating banks with plush, golden seats which can be utilised or not according to your requirements.

This is a special and distinctive venue to host your next corporate event or private function. Featuring high ceilings, a full lighting grid with patching, a high spec Bio-Box and a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this venue is a blank canvas ready to deliver your vision. It is ideal for gala dinners, private celebrations, performances, conferences, lectures, awards ceremonies, photography or product launches. Combine with The Seed for more complex and large-scale events.


  • Two dressing rooms each accommodating up to 6 people
  • Accessible bathrooms including shower facilities for performers
  • Bio-Box (technical control room overlooking the space)
  • Full lighting grid with patching
  • Black carpeted Megadeck riser (available for hire on request)
  • SMART board (available for hire on request)
  • Cloakroom (upon request)

Event suggestions:

  • Conferences, Lectures & Workshops
  • Gala Events & Private Dinners
  • Fashion & Awards Shows
  • AGM & Other Meetings
  • Product & Brand Launches
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Screenings
  • Theatre & Arts Performances including Live Streaming
  • Exhibitions
  • Rehearsals & Auditions
  • Filming & Photography


  • Cocktail 300
  • Sit-down 250
  • Theatre 295


  • Width 19.34m
  • Depth 18.41m
  • Room area 356m²

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