About Us

At the heart of Shakespeare Link's work, there is a passion for bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and enjoy these amazing plays.

Shakespeare Link was founded in 1992 by Artistic Directors Susanna Best and Philip Bowen, whose extensive professional experience in theatre includes years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House and the Old Vic. The Company has had charitable status since 1994.

Shakespeare Link has toured worldwide, enthralling audiences and students alike from Utah to the Philippines, and from Budapest to Singapore. The Company has enjoyed strong support from the British Council, and has been highly praised by overseas hosts, audiences, and press. Now based in mid-Wales, we offer a quality resource for the local community and beyond.

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Philip Bowen and Sue Best

Our work is flexible and client-led and adapts to the needs of a diverse range of students and teachers, using the medium of Shakespeare to bridge gaps of language and cultural difference, with exceptional results. Our focus now is on broad based community work and we welcome new audiences as well as the contacts and friends we have made at home and abroad to the Willow Globe.



The Directors

Susanna Best and Philip Bowen

The Trustees

Mary Elster

Simon Fraser

Barbara Stow (Vice Chair)

MT Gibson-Watt (Acting Chair)

Gavin Hooson



Kama Roberts

Site management & Volunteer Coordination

Louise Lamb