Bell Shakespeare announces its 2014 Season, adding a fourth mainstage show to the programme, including its first production of Moliere’s Tartuffe, new exclusive behind-the-scenes access and online dialogue for students, continued work with refugee students and juvenile justice programme, and celebrations aplenty for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
To start the year, Bell Shakespeare’s Co-Artistic Director John Bell rediscovers The Winter’s Tale. This rarely performed play will be told through the eyes of Mamillius, the child prince, who will take audiences back to a time when everything seemed possible, even miracles.
Damien Ryan directs his first mainstage production for Bell Shakespeare with Henry V. This contemporary take is inspired by the true story of a group of boys who rehearsed plays in a bunker during the Blitz in 1941.
Following the success of the Company’s previous Molière tour, Bell Shakespeare’s Co-Artistic Director Peter Evans presents Justin Fleming’s extraordinarily funny version of Moliere’s Tartuffe. This exclusive Sydney show, promises to be a thoroughly modern night of riotous entertainment.
For the first time in over 10 years, Bell Shakespeare will present a new version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titled The Dream, this family-friendly, 90-minute production, will be directed by Peter Evans.
Bell Shakespeare Learning continues its impactful work taking Shakespeare to all Australians, including a new schools production of Macbeth, new digital workshops, the third and final year of a residency with refugee and migrant students, juvenile justice programmes in male and female centres and its ever popular schools tour, Actors At Work, taking Shakespeare to both primary and secondary school students around the country.
Bell Shakespeare and Australian Chamber Orchestra reunite to tour Janáček’s final composition, the string quartet Intimate Letters, arranged for string orchestra, under the direction of London Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Gordan Nikolic and Bell Shakespeare’s Co-Artistic Director, Peter Evans.
In 2014, the Company’s developmental arm, Mind’s Eye, will continue to support writers Caleb Lewis (Sleep With Me), Jane Bodie (Savage), Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott (Lake Disappointment), Sue Smith (Lear) and Rita Kalnejais (Fidelity) as they fine-tune their new plays.