Bell Shakespeare to broadcast archived productions exclusively for schools

Kate Mulvany and Dan Spielman in Bell Shakespeare's production of Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House (2012) - photo by James RushBell Shakespeare has announced that it will open its archives for a special limited release of production recordings from its recent history, exclusively for schools.

From Monday 25 May 2020, Bell Shakespeare’s productions of Macbeth (2012), Henry 4 (2013), The Tempest (2015), Romeo and Juliet (2016), Othello (2016) and The Merchant of Venice (2017) will be broadcast to registered schools, free of charge. 

With all-star casts including John Bell, Kate Mulvany, Dan Spielman, Mitchell Butel, Jessica Tovey, Brian Lipson and more, teachers and students can watch these archived recordings from the comfort of home or school. 

Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans said that each production would be broadcast for one week during Term 2 and one week during Term 3, to provide flexibility for schools who have had their teaching schedules completely disrupted.

“Sadly, theatres around the world are dark at the moment, so we are excited to share these shows at a time when students need theatre, and artists need crucial support,” said Mr Evans.

“Sharing Shakespeare with Australians is at the heart of what we do, and we thank everyone involved in making these shows for allowing us to share their work with schools, students and teachers at this challenging time.”

Registration for the broadcasts is essential and each production has an accompanying Online Learning Pack, complete with production details, play-specific information, and pre-and post-performance activities.

The broadcasts add to the suite of digital initiatives Bell Shakespeare is currently offering to schools, students and teachers including:

  • Specialised HSC Shakespeare Seminarsdesigned to support students in Years 11 and 12 delivered in partnership with University of Sydney academics;
  • a Teacher Master SeriesProfessional Learning sessions for teachers and industry delivered by Bell Shakespeare artists covering verse and prose, directing, and vocal training and presentation for teachers;
  • Bell Shakespeare Shorts Festival – a festival of short films made by students about and inspired by Shakespeare; and
  • The John Bell Scholarship – online auditions are available for this life-changing training opportunity for budding performers from regional Australia.

For more information, including registration details, visit: www.bellshakespeare.com.au for details.

Image: Kate Mulvany and Dan Spielman in Bell Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House (2012) – photo by James Rush

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