One Man In His Time: John Bell at Sydney Opera House

John-Bell-courtesy-of-Bell-ShakespeareBell Shakespeare has announced an exclusive performance by John Bell AO will premiere as part of the Sydney Opera House digital program, From Our House to Yours, on Friday 28 August 2020.

Recorded on the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage, this will be an abridged version of One Man In His Time, which was to have been performed live at Sydney Opera House this year in celebration of Bell Shakespeare’s 30th anniversary.

In this excerpt, John shares his reflections on the timeless and poetic language of Shakespeare’s plays and their resonances to life today. “When I was first introduced to Shakespeare it was the language that drew me in and inspired me; but I also want to celebrate the humanity, empathy and insights into the human condition that we continue to find in his works today,” he said.

Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans said the company was thrilled to be presenting this special piece in association with Sydney Opera House after the cancellation of the season due to ongoing restrictions. “John Bell founded Bell Shakespeare based on belief that all Australians should have access to the works of Shakespeare in performance,” he said.

“While nothing compares to live theatre, it is terrific to be able to bring something of thisspecial performance to audiences around the country and beyond while our theatres remain closed. For everyone to have access to one of Australia’s national living treasures and hear himreflecton the timeless beauty of Shakespeare will, I think, be something quite special,” said Mr Evans.

From Our House to Yours is the Opera House’s weekly curated program of diverse full-length performances, talks, playlists, podcasts and written content, as well as new recordings and live-streamed performances from the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage.


One Man In His Time will be broadcast on Friday 28 August 2020 –  8.00pm (AEST). For more information, visit: www.sydneyoperahouse.com and www.bellshakespeare.com.au for details.

Image: John Bell – courtesy of Bell Shakespeare

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