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Bell Shakespeare receives $3 million for new studio

By Elysia Cook The Neilson Foundation has gifted Bell Shakespeare $3 million to go towards its new flexible studio and theatre space. It's the largest single donation in Bell Shakespeare’s history. Bell Shakespeare is set to relocate to Pier ⅔ as part of the NSW Government’s Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct. The Neilson Nutshell, […]

Walsh Bay Redevelopment Delays

By Madison Behringer. Plans to redevelop the Walsh Bay arts precinct in Barangaroo have been in the pipeline since as far back as 1998. In May 2018, plans were approved by the State Government for the precinct alongside a $207 million budget for the project. However just as quickly as the building began, the project […]


Bell Shakespeare John Bell founded this preeminent theatre company in 1990 with a view to sharing the joy and genius of William Shakespeare with a wider audience. Over the years, Bell Shakespeare has performed the popular classics and lesser known plays from the Bard’s extensive catalogue. Plays have been staged in authentic Globe Theatre style […]

Titus Andronicus

By Rita Bratovich Titus Andronicus was Shakespeare’s first tragedy and it makes Game Of Thrones look like Sesame Street! Written in line with the genre then known as “revenge plays” and vengeful it is aplenty; by the end, the death toll is 14 alongside incidents of rape, mutilation, torture, and cannibalism. Oh, and also, most […]


The Leftovers Collective are pushing the boundaries and releasing an original artform which combines social experiments and classic works.  Genderfication explores the social norms of gender, comparing binary, non-binary and fluid gender identification, with biological sex.  The actors are each going to perform the same script in their own unique way to see if the […]

Richard 3

Rose Riley has taken on the unenviable role of Lady Anne in Shakespeare’s Richard 3, which opens the 2017 Bell Shakespeare season. Lady Anne knows that the deformed Richard has just murdered both her husband Prince Edward and Edward’s father Henry VI when he interrupts her mourning by the side of the former king’s corpse. […]

The Literati

Bell Shakespeare and Griffin Theatre Company are bringing a 350-year-old French play kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The Literati, penned by acclaimed Australian playwright Justin Fleming, draws inspiration from Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes, which originally premiered in 1672. The play follows the love of Juliet and Clinton as it attempts to overcome the strong, highbrow disapproval of Juliet’s […]

Bell Shakespeare’s HAMLET

Whether you’re a Shakespeare fanatic or a newbie, you’ve surely heard the famous “to be or not to be” line. Damien Ryan’s production of Hamlet opens at the Sydney Opera House after four months performing in sold-out venues around Australia. With an extremely talented cast including Josh McConville, Matilda Ridgway and Sean O’Shea, it’s not […]

Bell Shakespeare’s The Tempest

John Bell directs his last play for the company he founded almost 25 years ago, and aptly it is The Tempest, debatably Shakespeare’s last play. It’s a moment to mark in Australian theatre and its significance is not lost on rising star Eloise Winestock, who plays Miranda in this Bell Shakespeare production. “I do feel […]


A grifter charms his way into an elite household by convincing them that he is a messenger of God. The master of the house is persuaded but the rest smell a rat. Is he imposter or saint? This is Molière’s Tartuffe, a 400-year-old French farce, translated, modernised, and Australianised by Justin Fleming. In a rare […]