FROM forbidden love to French flirtation, and finishing with vicious passion, Bell Shakespeare’s 2016 season features a collection of plays that delve into love, despair and the foibles of humanity.

Romeo And Juliet will open the year in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, exploring the violence and heart ache in the legendary tale of the star-crossed lovers set against a once-lavish city.

[showads ad=MREC]After the unbridled fun of 2014’s critically-acclaimed production of Tartuffe, Bell Shakespeare will return to the work of Molière – France’s answer to Shakespeare. In a new partnership, Griffin Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare will present The Literati, a new translation of Les Femme Savants. Performing in Sydney at the SBW Stables, The Literati will see the text brought screaming into the 21st century with its cutting satire of the high-brow elite.

Ten years after penning Romeo And Juliet, Shakespeare wrote Othello, a contrasting play that explores the destructive power of jealousy and whispered rumours. Othello is a journey of malicious passion, fuelled by one of Shakespeare’s ultimate villains, the conniving Iago. This epic tragedy will rage across Australia for Bell Shakespeare’s 2016 National Tour.

Season packages start from $60 and are available from bellshakespeare.com.au

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