One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare

Theatre, Drama
Bell Shakespeare founder John Bell on the Opera House stage, book in hand
Photograph: Supplied/Bell Shakespeare

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Hear from the Bell Shakespeare founder on why the Bard still holds so much appeal for theatre-goers today

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances,” says Jaques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and gosh has 2020 given new meaning to that timeless line.

Bell Shakespeare founder John Bell had been all set to deliver One Man In His Time, exploring the beauty of Shakespeare’s enduring poetry, nimble use of language and imagery, and the legacy of Bell’s lifetime spent performing and producing the Bard's work. Then you-know-what happened, and the company pivoted to digital with a sneaky peek at the show going online thanks to the Sydney Opera House.

Now he’s back IRL with a series of shows under the iconic sails from March 11-14, and then on to the Canberra Theatre Centre on April 15. This intimate one-man show is a reflection on the works by Shakespeare that have left an indelible mark on Bell, the man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the Bard’s words. We hope Bell, now in his 80th year, will still be doing his thing for a few acts more.

Bell Shakespeare artistic director Peter Evans says: After a challenging year that saw us celebrate our 30th anniversary in a drastically different way than we had planned, we can’t wait to get back into the theatre and enjoy live performance once again. Including an opportunity to see John Bell’s insights, thoughtfulness, deep love of this work and generosity on full display.”

Look forward to a 2021 flush with theatre. Here's act one of STC's program


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