Bard on the Beach June 10 – September 25, 2010

Photo © Bard on the Beach

As Suzanne pointed out a few weeks ago, summer in Vancouver is the time for outdoor theatre and music concerts, and one of my favourites is the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

What sets Bard on the Beach apart from other theatre experiences–aside from the high-caliber of acting–is the way it incorporates its physical setting into its productions. Perched on the edge of Vanier Park, the main stage tent is open-backed, making dramatic views of English Bay and the North Shore mountains the plays’ literal backdrop.
Each season, Bard produces four Shakespeare plays—this summer’s are Much Ado About Nothing, Anthony and Cleopatra, Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts I & II), and Henry V—as well as opera and aria collaborations with UBC’s Opera Ensemble.

Another favourite of mine is the festival’s Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (2010 details TBA), which combines the awesomeness of Shakespeare with, you guessed it, barbecue and a front-row seat to Vancouver’s jaw-dropping annual Celebration of Light International Fireworks Competition.

Other Bard festivities include the wine-tasting Celebrating Red & White (August 14), a lecture series on “insight into Shakespeare,” and Chor Leoni Country (June 21 & 28).

For a complete schedule and to buy tickets, see the official Bard on the Beach site.

Bard on the Beach runs from June 10 – September 25, 2010.*

* Schedule has been delayed from the original June 3 start date; see details here.

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  1. Philip Pettit

    I enjoy Bard on the Beach on my annual August trek to Vancouver. But alas, I can’t get tickets for Falstaff. Anyone have two tickets for Falstaff up to August 24? I’m happy to pay a premium!