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Bell Shakespeare 2013 season

2013 marks Bell Shakespeare's 23rd year - and its first with Peter Evans as co-artistic director with John Bell

Henry 4


Arts Centre, 16-30 Mar

Compressed into a piece erupting with tension and violence one minute and romance and comedy the next, Henry IV Parts One and Two feature some of Australia’s greatest actors. Directed and starring John Bell as Falstaff, this is a journey of ambition, political uncertainty and rebellion in the struggle between an overbearing father and his unruly son.

Phèdre


The Malthouse, 23 May-2 Jun

Peter Evans directs Catherine McClements in Racine’s Phèdre, a tragedy bound by love, lust, disloyalty and death in a tale that questions the strength of human emotion and its capability to not only create, but also to destroy.


The Comedy of Errors


Arts Centre, 22-31 Aug

Known as one of Shakespeare’s lewdest comedies, the company’s 2011 resident director Imara Savage tackles this comedy in conjunction with the State Theatre Company of South Australia. With a line-up starring some of Australia’s finest (Elena Carapetis, Nathan O’Keefe, Jude Henshall and Hazem Shammas to name but a few) this show promises not to disappoint.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream


The National Theatre, 13-16 Aug

The Players (Bell Shakespeare’s travelling acting ensemble) perform one of the bard’s most loved plays to an audience of lucky Melburnian students. Co-artistic director Peter Evans will share his vibrant and highly physical vision of a play that the World has come to know and love so dearly.

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