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John Bell – all his world is the stage

It’s impossible to overestimate the significance of John Bell to Australian theatre. As an actor and director, he has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of Shakespeare. As the founder of Bell Shakespeare, he has brought the joy of theatre to thousands of people, platformed local talent, and championed the arts in this […]

Bell Shakespeare Debates

What a fantastic opportunity is being offered to listen to interesting Australian figures such as Jane Caro and Peter FitzSimons discuss the relevance of Shakespeare’s plays to the contemporary world. John Bell founded Bell Shakespeare 30 years ago, and must be thrilled he has introduced “The Bard” to so many who must have thought that […]

REVIEW: Carmen

Arguably one of the most popular operas in any repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen is an easy pleaser due to its hit after hit collection of familiar tunes and its easy to follow storyline. But, because of this, in the wrong hands it can suffer the banality of cliches and same ol’ same ol’ design. Not this […]

The Miser

John Bell is playing the lead role in Moliere’s The Miser so I asked him how he gets himself into character.  “It doesn't come easy being someone so miserable,” he responds.  But, Bell says, “Moliere is a very generous writer who always feels a lot for his oddball characters and believes we should try to […]

REVIEW: Diplomacy

French playwright Cyril Gély has written a fascinating play that explores the power of diplomacy and the influence of well-chosen words and an engaging manner. The work examines the conversation that could have taken place between the Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling (played by the inimitable John Gaden) and General Dietrich von Choltitz, Military Governor […]

The Father

André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? Either way, he’s still wearing his pyjamas and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing his mind. […]

Ensemble Theatre’s 2018 Season and 60th Anniversary

The Ensemble’s 2018 season includes four world premieres from Australian writers, an adaption of an award-winning French play, four comedy classics from master playwrights and two gripping international dramas. Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry is directing five of the plays, while the other five are directed by guests John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Susanna Dowling, Nadia Tass […]


The Winter's Tale's main plot was originally taken from Robert Greene's pastoral romance Pandosto, published in 1588, and is one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays. John Bell’s production stars Myles Pollard, Helen Thompson, Rory Potter and also newcomer Liana Cornell (Love Child, Schapelle) who says, "This play is both a tragedy and a comedy, shown from the perspective of the child Mamillius". Set […]