Bar’d Work Sydney is a new kind of theatre

Bard Work Shakespeare

Australia’s favourite Shakespeare troupe, Bar’d Work, is thrilled to announce its return to the vibrant pub scene with “Much Ado About Nothing”, set to light up the Shakesbeer Sessions once again. Delving into the heart of Shakespeare’s comedic brilliance, this show pits the sharp-tongued Beatrice against the wily Benedick in a verbal duel that is as hilarious as it is timeless.

Set in the convivial atmosphere of Sydney’s most iconic pubs, Bar’d Work invites audiences to experience a side of Shakespeare that’s rarely seen in traditional theatre settings. The company’s rendition of “Much Ado About Nothing” promises a whirlwind of romance, intrigue, and laughter, engaging audiences in a way that only live theatre—in the most unexpected of venues—can.

Director and creator Chris Huntly-Turner makes it clear, “The Bar’d is back, taking Sydney pubs by storm, performing Shakespeare the way the Bard himself intended – for the people, in packed out pubs!” It’s a nod to the Elizabethan tradition of staging plays in inn yards, making the Bard’s work accessible and relatable to everyone.

According to Laura Heuston of Theatre Travels, Bar’d Work’s approach has demonstrated that making Shakespeare accessible and entertaining for modern audiences doesn’t require radically altering the text, but rather, adapting the performance style – and the audiences have responded with roaring laughter and enthusiastic participation.

Originating from a moment of inspiration among actors in 2019, Bar’d Work has grown into a beloved staple of the Australian pub scene. Its unique blend of interactive, raucous storytelling has seen the company sell out multiple seasons in Sydney and Melbourne and even take its peculiar brand of Shakespeare on the road, reaching eager audiences across NSW and VIC.

With performances scheduled from 4 to 28 April in a selection of Sydney’s landmark venues—including Public House Petersham, Camperdown Hotel, and The Oaks in Neutral Bay, amongst others—this season is an invitation to rediscover the joy of Shakespeare’s works in a fresh, engaging, and undeniably fun setting. Bar’d Work’s Much Ado About Nothing is more than just a play; it’s an experience that promises to leave audiences in stitches and thirsty for more.

Tickets: Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at or by calling 0435782702

Ticket pricing: Pre-sale – $30, door sale – $35