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Artistic Director

Hetty Nelson co-founded Burning Speare with writer Simon Rance, partly because coming from an acting background she wanted an opportunity to challenge herself and truthfully, was a little bit scared of performing Shakespeare!

Drama school took the fun out of the Brad's work for Hetty and not being able to feel the sense of accomplishment one can attain from performing Shakespeare plays left a void.

Starting Burning Speare in 2019 Hetty's mission was to bring like-minded people together to adapt, develop and celebrate Shakespeare's work whilst making his plays more accessible and relatable to wider audiences.


Simon Rance -adapted Burning Speare's two Shakespeare productions, 'O For A Muse Of Fire' and 'Measure For Measure' and wrote the company's debut play 'The End Of Silence'.

Simon's childhood acting days ignited his passion for The Bard when he performed with the English Shakespeare Company.

Our Artistic Collaborators
Alice Renouf

Alice is an accomplished actress

who started her career

when she was personally chosen by Gary Oldham to appear in his film Nil By Mouth at 16 years old, and has since appeared in many

a stage play and

lead in short films. She read for the role of Escalus at the Oxfordshire Shakespeare Festival 2022.

Simon Bond

Simon has appeared in a lead role for BBC's Silent Witness and in countless of short and feature films alike. His stage debut in recent years has captured his heart and has now emerged himself in the world of theatre where he's creatively  at home. Simon read for the role of Pompey in the adaptation of Measure For Measure.

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