The Players

Live performances of Shakespeare in schools and communities across Australia

  • 02 May -
    07 Nov

    02 May -
    07 Nov

    Sydney

All locations

Fun, interactive, high-energy Shakespeare.

The Players are Bell Shakespeare’s touring ensemble of professional artists who bring Shakespeare to life in schools and communities across Australia.

1-hour incursion (50 min performance + 10 min Q&A)

50-minute performances are paired with a 10-minute Q&A for an action-packed hour of Shakespeare immersion. Plus, each show comes with its own comprehensive Online Learning Pack to ensure you can make the most of the performance with pre- and post-show resources and exercises.

Each performance explores key scenes and soliloquies, analysis of Shakespeare’s language, choices and themes and contemporary commentary all wrapped up in a fresh, modern narrative.

The Players are sure to be a favourite of students and teachers alike. Book one show or host us for the entire day.

Let us come to you. We’re looking forward to delivering high-energy Shakespeare shows in your school in 2022.

Bell Shakespeare is a COVID Safe registered business and is in regular contact with the Department of Education in regards to our work in schools. Our COVID-19 procedures and policies align with government advice as it is updated.

A beautiful blend of energy, humour and knowledge

Kathie Donovan, Applecross Senior High School, WA

A fantastic way to make Shakespeare accessible.

Ian Wheatley, Parramatta North Public School NSW

Years 2 - 6

The Wonderful World of Will

By Joanna Erskine

Travel back to 1599 and meet William Shakespeare himself, as well as a host of memorable characters from history in this spirited, funny and informative show designed for primary students.

The Wonderful World of Will offers young students the perfect introduction to the world of Shakespeare, combining fun historical facts with excerpts from a range of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Students will learn about Shakespeare’s language, his playful word inventions, and even perform some Shakespeare of their own.

A rollicking ride that will inspire young minds to journey further into the world of Shakespeare, The Wonderful World of Will is sure to delight students and adults alike.

Strap yourselves in for your journey back in time to Elizabethan England - just watch out you don’t lose your head!

Years 7 - 9

Shakespeare Is Dead

By Joanna Erskine

A funny, provocative and fast-paced rollercoaster ride through the world of William Shakespeare, Shakespeare Is Dead is designed to challenge negative, preconceived notions about the world’s most famous playwright.

Shakespeare is Dead follows a group of teenagers who embark on a journey asking the ultimate question – if Shakespeare is long dead, why are we still performing his plays?

Offering a smorgasbord of Shakespeare, from romance to tragedies to histories and comedies, students will be introduced to a host of Shakespeare’s characters and explore some of his most iconic scenes. Students will learn key plot devices and language techniques, receive a masterclass in iambic pentameter, and even learn about Elizabethan England and the world in which Shakespeare wrote his plays.

Shakespeare Is Dead is an ideal taster of Shakespeare- a collection of his ‘best bits’ and a wonderful way to blow any negative ideas about Shakespeare out of the way for even the most reluctant students.

Years 10 - 12

Shakespeare: The Human Experience

By Joanna Erskine

To this day, Shakespeare remains unrivalled in his ability to understand humanity through the characters he created. By holding up a mirror to nature, he shone a light on our glories and flaws, and explored what it means to be human.

This powerful show for senior students uses key speeches and scenes from across Shakespeare’s canon to chart representations of individual and collective human experiences. Shakespeare: The Human Experience connects students’ own experiences with the universality of Shakespeare’s characters, and the wider world around them.

Traversing youthful wonder, innocence and first love, through to experiences of guilt, grief, loss, hate, prejudice, persecution, empathy, mercy, courage and rebellion, we will meet a host of characters and explore the complexities, anomalies and paradoxes of the human experience as explored by Shakespeare.

Shakespeare: The Human Experience includes extracts from The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, the refugee speech from Sir Thomas More, and many more.

Book tickets

Book your tickets directly with our venues. Please note transaction fees vary between venues.

The Players Performances

  • 02 May -
    07 Nov

    02 May -
    07 Nov

    Sydney

  • 09 May -
    13 May

    09 May -
    13 May

    South Coast

  • 09 May -
    13 May

    09 May -
    13 May

    Central Coast/Newcastle

  • 16 May -
    20 May

    16 May -
    20 May

    Newcastle/Hunter Region

  • 23 May -
    27 May

    23 May -
    27 May

    Port Macquarie/Coffs Harbour

  • 30 May -
    03 Jun

    30 May -
    03 Jun

    Ballina/Byron Bay

  • 06 Jun -
    10 Jun

    06 Jun -
    10 Jun

    Southern Highlands/Goulburn

  • 13 Jun

    13 Jun

    Dubbo/Orange/Bathurst

  • 13 Jun -
    17 Jun

    13 Jun -
    17 Jun

    Riverina

  • 24 Oct -
    28 Oct

    24 Oct -
    28 Oct

    Tamworth/Armidale

Primary Performances:
$995 per performance for up to 140 students. Additional students $7 each up to maximum audience of 200.

Secondary Performances:

$1,190 per performance for up to 140 students. Additional students $8.50 each up to maximum audience of 200.
$995 per performance for schools with an ICSEA value of 1000 or less, for up to 140 students. Additional students $7 each up to maximum audience of 200.

Check your school’s ICSEA value at My School: https://www.myschool.edu.au/

The Players’ performances are GST exempt.

Subsidies
Schools experiencing financial, socioeconomic and/or geographic challenges may apply for a Sharing Shakespeare subsidy.