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All performances outdoors at Bell Works

101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Just in time for William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday, the Axelrod brings you The Bard at Bell Works, a three-weekend outdoor performing arts festival celebrating the greatest writer and dramatist in any language, taking place on the outdoor rooftop deck at Bell Works in Holmdel, beginning April 11.


Playgoers (and balletgoers!) can enjoy three unique performances including the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater’s encore presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed and choreographed by Gabriel Chajnik; an original musical revue The Bard on Broadway, featuring the students from the Axelrod Performing Arts Academy, performing selections from Shakespeare-inspired musicals like West Side Story, Something Rotten! and Kiss Me, Kate; plus a special presentation of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s traveling company Shakespeare LIVE, directed by Brian B. Crowe.

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AXCBT APPAA Bard at BellWorks 2021 FEST

Sat, APRIL 10

Primary Show, 12 pm


Sun, APRIL 11 (in the Atrium)

Primary Show, 11 am

‘Bard On Broadway’, 2:00 pm

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 4:00 pm


Fri, APRIL 16

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 6:00 pm

The Shakespeare Theater of NJ’s ‘Midsummer’ Play, 7:30 pm

Sat, APRIL 17

‘Bard On Broadway’, 3:00 pm

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 6:30 pm

Sun, APRIL 18

The Shakespeare Theater of NJ’s ‘Midsummer’ Play, 12:00 pm

‘Bard On Broadway’, 2:30 pm

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 4:30 pm

Fri, APRIL 23

‘Bard On Broadway’, 5:30 pm

The Shakespeare Theater of NJ’s ‘Midsummer’ Play, 7:30 pm

Sat, APRIL 24

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 3:00 pm

‘Bard On Broadway’, 5:00 pm

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Movie, 6:30pm

Sun, APRIL 25

'Gnomeo and Juliet' Movie, 1:00 pm

‘Bard On Broadway’, 3:00 pm

AXCBT’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Ballet, 5:00 pm

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The Bard at Bell Works includes excerpts from

the West Side Story ballet suite performed by the

AXCBT professional ballet company

and a breathtakingly beautiful pas de deux

from “Romeo and Juliet

Image by Forever Young Photography of Howell

The Bard at Bell Works is Made Possible By

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
732-531-9106 Box Office


The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is completely wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of assistive services upon request. In addition to Large Print Programs and hearing assistive devices at all performances, scheduled sign language interpreting, audio description, and sensory seminars are available at certain performances and upon request.

Contact the box office directly at 732-531-9106, ext. 14.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts