All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts …
Spend an evening with John Bell, a man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the works of Shakespeare and founded a company based on his belief.
The live production follows an online sneak peek filmed at the Sydney Opera House last year after a cancellation due to COVID-19, and sees Bell considering topics including humanity, life, death, power, love and honour.
Audiences will witness this icon of the Australian stage and his genuine connection to Shakespeare that has inspired Australians for decades, moving through Shakespeare’s works and characters, from Hamlet to lesser-performed works including Timon of Athens.
“My relationship with Shakespeare and his plays has changed and developed throughout the years as I myself have changed and developed,” says Bell.
“‘To be or not to be’ means something entirely different when you’re 20 to when you’re 80. I’ve always been struck by not only Shakespeare’s language but his humanity, his deep understanding of the human mind and heart, and his ability to transcend time as his words resonate with people of all generations and ages.”