When Peter Evans, Artistic Director of Bell Shakespeare, and his team, were pondering what name to give the multipurpose studio space in the company’s new premises at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s new Walsh Bay Arts and Cultural Precinct, The Nutshell quickly came to mind as he told Limelight when announcing the 2020 season.

Bell Shakespeare The Neilson Nutshell

The Nutshell is a reference to a quote by Hamlet: “O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.”

The rehearsal and performance space will now be called The Neilson Nutshell in acknowledgement of a $3 million donation from the Neilson Foundation to fund the new studio. It is the largest gift that Bell Shakespeare has ever received in its 31-year history.

Evans said the company was incredibly grateful for the generous donation, which “will go such a long way in supporting the future of Bell Shakespeare. Not only will it...