Bell Shakespeare has announced their 2020 season with a program of popular favourites to celebrate their 30th anniversary year. In 2020, the Company will explore two of Shakespeare’s most popular and classic plays, reimagined for 21st century audiences, Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors.
One of Shakespeare’s most iconic and tragic works will be directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans and features Harriet Gordon-Anderson (The Miser) as a young man experiencing grief in its most complex and profound state. Poignantly, as the first production Bell Shakespeare ever staged, Hamlet will be told through the lens of loss, betrayal and madness. The production will be set in Denmark in the sixties.
Hamlet will be presented at the Sydney Opera House from 29 February to 4 April, before heading to the Canberra Theatre Centre from 9 April and Arts Centre Melbourne from 23 April 2020.
The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare’s hilarious romp will be directed by Janine Watson who has worked regularly with Bell Shakespeare as both actor and director since 2013 when she took to the roads of regional Australia as one of their education team performers. Featuring Julia Billington (Janet King), this beautiful story about reunion is wrapped up in an evening of entertainment and laugher.
The Comedy of Errors will embark on a four-month national tour across 28 venues including Arts Centre Melbourne: 15 – 25 July, Canberra Theatre Centre: 2 – 10 October and Sydney Opera House: 13 October – 15 November 2020.
“From humble beginnings in a circus tent, to presenting a program I couldn’t be more excited to share on stages around Australia in 2020, Bell Shakespeare has come a very long way in 30 years,” says Artistic Director Peter Evans.
“Shakespeare and the other classic plays we present challenge our beliefs and urge us to see ourselves in a new light. Their ability to discover the things that make us human inspires us to make work that challenges preconceptions and encourages new interpretations and contemporary parallels – work that speaks to every age.”
“As always, what we put on mainstages across Australia is just a small part of what we do every year. We are in schools, juvenile justice centres, indigenous communities and community halls every year with our outreach and education programs. The social impact these programs have is vast, and we are incredibly proud of this work.”
To mark the 30th anniversary celebrations, Bell Shakespeare will present an exclusive event with John Bell, available as an add-on to theatre package purchasers. One Man In His Time: John Bell and Shakespeare is a fascinating backstage pass to Bell’s life and his relationship with Shakespeare.
This special event with the man who believed that Australians could see themselves reflected in the works of Shakespeare, and founded a Company based on his belief, will see Bell share his humour, wit and a lifetime of experience walking beside one of the greatest writers to have ever lived.
Bell Shakespeare’s 2020 Season packages are no available. For more information, visit: www.bellshakespeare.com.au for details.
Image: Julia Billington to star in The Comedy of Errors (supplied)