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2017 production still from Bell Shakespeare's Richard III

Bell Shakespeare

Collaborating with Australia's national theatre company
The partnership between The University of Sydney and Bell Shakespeare unites two uniquely Australian institutions with a shared focus on education and creating positive impact for the greater community.

2022 HSC seminar bookings are now open!

Bell Shakespeare is national theatre company specialising in the works of William Shakespeare, his contemporaries and other classics. Since its extraordinary journey began in 1990, Bell Shakespeare has shared the timeless beauty of Shakespeare and other classics with young people, teachers, communities and audiences in every state and territory of Australia. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to be the partner of Bell Shakespeare and working in a variety of collaboration opportunities.

How we collaborate

HSC Shakespeare Seminars

In these annual Shakespeare seminars, the University of Sydney academics, Professor Liam Semler, Dr Huw Griffiths and Professor Penny Gay collaborate with Bell Shakespeare Resident Artist in Education, Huw McKinnon, to discuss and explore each play.  

Each session includes in-depth analysis by one of our academics, covering close reading, literary techniques, different interpretations, themes, and character analysis. The Players from Bell Shakespeare will be performing key scenes and soliloquies. Part performance, part interactive seminar, these sessions are designed to directly link to HSC modules and give students the edge in their HSC exams.

Combining rigorous literary analysis with illuminating dramatic insights into the plays, sessions will be presented in an approachable, conversational format showing the interplay between text and drama.

Students and teachers are encouraged to ask and discuss questions live, connecting them with Bell Shakespeare artists, leading University of Sydney academics, and other students completing their HSC.

2022 sessions


  • Wednesday 4 May, 10am - 12pm | The Merchant of Venice - Professor Liam Semler with Huw McKinnon and The Players
  • Thursday 5 May, 10am - 12pm | Richard III / Looking For Richard - Dr Huw Griffiths with Huw McKinnon and The Players
  • Friday 6 May, 10am - 12pm | The Tempest / Hag-Seed - Professor Liam Semler with Huw McKinnon and The Players

Venue: The Neilson Nutshell, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
1/13A Hickson Road, Dawes Point

Cost: $25 per student ticket, 1 free teacher ticket per 10 student tickets.

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Richard is one of Shakespeare’s great creations: as funny as he is vicious; as pathetic as he is terrifying. We're looking forward to exploring all of his possibilities through this interactive workshop.
Dr Huw Griffiths, Chair of the Department of English

Past seminars

Each session delivered in collaboration with:

  • Huw McKinnon, Resident Artist in Education, Bell Shakespeare
  • The Players, Bell Shakespeare

Authentic education for our students

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Bell Shakespeare place a focus on authentic education.  

Read the interview with Alex Stewart, our Master of Art Curating student who recently completed  an internship with Bell Shakespeare.

Banner image: Bell Shakespeare's Richard 3 (c) Prudence Upton.

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