Bard on the Beach 2012

Bard on the Beach performs Shakespeare with the northern mountains as a backdrop. Photo: Tourism Vancouver

Summer theatre season kicks off a little early this year with Bard on the Beach—Vancouver’s beloved annual Shakespeare festival—returning for 2012 this Thursday, May 31.

One of the largest Shakespeare festivals in Canada and a summer tradition for many Vancouverites (our own Suzanne Raikes goes every year), Bard on the Beach is famous for the high-calibre of its performances as well as its eye-popping location: set at Vanier Park, Bard’s two main stage tents have open-backs, allowing the majestic northern mountains and Vancouver city views to function as the literal backdrop for its plays.

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Bard on the Beach 2012

In the House Festival Brings Live Theatre Performances into Commercial Drive Homes, June 1 – 3

Photo credit: In the House Festival

In the House Festival, June 1 – 3, breaks down barriers between audiences and Vancouver’s vibrant theatre scene.

Live performances – including music, dance, plays, spoken word and circus – can seem less accessible than movie tickets to the latest alien zapping blockbuster. And when you do score theatre tix, there’s always the risk of sitting behind a pillar in the lofty nosebleed section.

In the House Festival 2012 solves these dilemmas for Vancouver culture buffs, bringing a vibrant onslaught of talent to Commercial Drive residents’ homes and backyards. 13 homes around Victoria Drive will host 70 acts, over 20 theatre shows, in three days.

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In the House Festival Brings Live Theatre Performances into Commercial Drive Homes, June 1 – 3