2024 Season

2024 Season

Bell Shakespeare returns in 2024 with a selection of some of Shakespeare's most magnificent works.

At Sydney Opera House, the company presents Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream in a breathless production brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem. Directed by Peter Evans, this production is quick as a shadow. Fast, funny and family-friendly, this is A Midsummer Night's Dream reawakened.

Next up, over the harbour in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Bell Shakespeare presents Shakespeare's epic of the imagination King Lear for the first time since 2010. Directed by Peter Evans, performed in the profoundly intimate setting of The Neilson Nutshell and starring one of Australia's finest classical actors, Robert Menzies, this heart-wrenching new production promises to be powerful and utterly unforgettable.

Finally, the company is excited to return to The Neilson Nutshell with the second installment of its popular production In A Nutshell —The Poetry of Violence. Artistic Director Peter Evans is joined by a team of talented actors as they jump from scene to scene and play to play exploring the various ways Shakespeare investigates violence. From the physical harm, cruelty, and insults, through to the extremes of emotion, and the intensity, hastiness and impetuosity of love in all its forms, this is a curated journey through scenes and speeches from plays including Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, Richard III, Henry VI, Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athens, and Titus Andronicus.

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Bell Shakespeare - King Lear
Fri, 14th to 20th June

King Lear

The Neilson Nutshell, Dawes Point

Presented by Bell Shakespeare
Powerful and utterly unforgettable

Fri, 14th to 20th June Tickets $40 to $90

Directed by Peter Evans

King Lear has ruled for a lifetime. He has plans for succession – the Kingdom is to be shared among his three daughters. But when he is challenged, Lear's reaction unravels his family and ultimately the country, hurling him into a storm of rage, self-discovery, and perhaps even acceptance.

Is this Shakespeare's great exploration of ‘filial ingratitude'? Or the sad tale of an old man in decline and the terrible choices forced upon his daughters? Is it the story of an appallingly entitled and selfish king? Or a daughter too naïve and proud to compromise for an ailing father?

It is about all these things, and more.
Shakespeare's epic of the imagination, performed in the profoundly intimate setting of The Neilson Nutshell at Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

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Directed by Peter Evans
Robert Menzies

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Fri, 14th to 20th June $40 to $90

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Bell Shakespeare is Australia's national theatre company specialising in the works of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Founded in 1990 with the dream of sharing Shakespeare's plays in a way that was relevant and exciting to all Australians, the company has evolved further than its visionary founder, John Bell AO, could have hoped.Today, Bell Shakespeare tours major theatre productions, education programs and outreach initiatives to every state and territory in Australia and beyond. Performing and teaching in theatres, schools, youth justice centres and regional and remote communities, the company enjoys unrivalled reach and impact, further extending its influence through innovative digital programs.
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