Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

June 5, 2019

September 21, 2019

$26 & up

Varnier Park, Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

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Events Description

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 2019 Festival season will run from June 5 to September 21 and will include the return of a record-setting Bard hit, an internationally-popular romantic comedy, a cross-cultural romance and a powerful political drama.

On the BMO Mainstage, it’s The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s 2007 Wild West production, a hilarious runaway hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. The Howard Family Stage offers two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India and sparked with south-Asian music and dance, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political drama filled with resonance for our time.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Plays: 

The Taming of the Shrew – Inspired by the beloved 2007 ‘spaghetti western’ production — one of Bard’s greatest hits — The Taming of the Shrew returns to the BMO Mainstage. This hilarious Wild-West love story features two fierce kindred spirits who finally meet their match in each other. Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West meets Kate, the prickliest gal in town, and their throw-down contest of wills and wits will leave you laughing out loud as they bicker and battle their way towards a splendid, healing love.

Jennifer Lines and Andrew McNee play Kate and Petruchio. Director: Lois Anderson (Pericles, 2016, Lysistrata, 2018); inspired by Miles Potter. Runs from June 5 – September 21.

Shakespeare in Love – Based on the screenplay by Mark Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall | Music by Paddy Cunneen

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is looming and he’s in desperate need of inspiration. And then he finds his muse – Viola. She’s Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms but their road to romance comes with complications, from mistaken identity and ruthless schemes to hilarious backstage theatrics.

Shakespeare in Love is directed by Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, back at Bard after helming the 2018 Season’s record-breaking Beatles-music version of As You Like It. Runs from June 11 – September 18.

“This, my friends, is a funny, sexy, touching evening.” – Liz Nicholls, 12thNight.ca  (Shakespeare in Love, Citadel Theatre, 2017)

All’s Well That Ends Well – This fresh, bold staging of All’s Well That Ends Well is set in India during the waning days of British occupation and the cusp of Indian independence. Helena, a privileged Indian woman, secretly loves Bertram, an officer in the British Army.  Cultural, social and political barriers stand between them – but Helena doesn’t give up, and her journey takes her into the heart of her own culture and identity. Evocative music and dance will transport you to India, as this tumultuous love story unfolds against a backdrop of dramatic societal change.

Co-created and co-directed by Johnna Wright (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2016) and Rohit Chokhani (Artistic Director, Diwali in BC). Runs from June 28 – August 11.

Coriolanus – Political warfare – and war within a family – drive Shakespeare’s compelling story of the ruthless fighter, Caius Martius, as she fights for honour without compromise. With themes of pride and arrogance at its core, Coriolanus examines what it means to be loyal to a parent – and to a leader or a country – and how those choices can redeem or destroy us. Bard’s first-ever production of Coriolanus features Moya O’Connell (Lady Macbeth, 2018) as Coriolanus, and will be directed by Dean Paul Gibson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014; The Winter’s Tale, 2017). Runs from August 20 – September 15.

The 30th Anniversary Season will also offer a variety of special events, from orchestral and opera music concerts to Bard-B-Q & Fireworks nights.

Who is it for?

All ages

HOW MUCH

Tickets : Regular adult play ticket prices include all fees & taxes and start at $26.

The Youth Price, sponsored by Global BC, is available for patrons ages 6 to 22 at 50% off select adult ticket prices.

Various ticket packages available.

How to get tickets?
Buy Online
Phone: 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.

Box Office in Vanier Park

WHEN & WHERE


Date & Time: June 5 to September 21, 2019

Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays and some special events on Monday evenings.

All evening performances start at 7:30pm.

Play Run dates and Special Events for 2019 are:

The Taming of the Shrew – June 5 to September 21 – Opening Night June 16
Shakespeare in Love – June 12 to September 18 – Opening Night June 21
All’s Well That Ends Well – June 26 to August 11 – Opening Night June 30
Coriolanus – August 21 to September 15 – Opening Night August 25
Exploring Shakespeare – July 6, July 13, July 20 & September 7 at 11am – Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra leads lively explorations of the season’s four plays.
VSO at Bard: From Venice to Vienna – June 24 at 7:30pm
Forum: Kate – Victim or Victor? – August 26 at 7:30pm
Bard-B-Q & Fireworks – July 27, July 31 & August 3 – Choose from three plays, at three themed performance-plus-dinner and entertainment events; package pricing
Opera & Arias: Verdi and More! – August 26 & September 2 – Talented young stars of the UBC Opera Ensemble return to Vanier Park to perform excerpts from Verdi’s best-loved works, along with French opera highlights (BMO Mainstage)
Family Days – July 6, August 10 & August 24 at 2pm; linked to the BMO Mainstage plays
Talkback Tuesdays – Starting July 2, join members of the cast for lively Q & A sessions after each Tuesday evening performance (both theatres)
Wine Wednesdays – July 10, August 7, August 21 & September 4 at 6pm (pre-show event)
Accessible Performances: VocalEye– July 21 & August 10, The Taming of the Shrew; July 20 & August 11, Shakespeare in Love; Relaxed Performance – Sept 8, The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare in Love Schedule
Shakespeare in Love – June 12 to September 18 – Opening Night June 21
Exploring Shakespeare in Love – July 20 – with Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra
Bard-B-Q & Fireworks – July 27 – play, dinner and family-friendly entertainment activities plus premium view of the Celebration of Light fireworks; package pricing (includes dinner and play)
Talkback Tuesdays – Starting July 2, join members of the cast for lively Q & A sessions after each Tuesday evening performance (both theatres)
Wine Wednesdays – July 10, August 7, August 21 & September 4 at 6pm (pre-show event)
Accessible Performances: July 20 & 21, August 10 & 11, VocalEye

Taming of the Shrew Schedule

The Taming of the Shrew – June 5 to September 21 – Opening Night June 16
Exploring Shakespeare – July 6 at 11am, presented by Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra
Forum: Kate – Victim or Victor? – August 26 at 7:30pm (Howard Family Stage)
Bard-B-Q & Fireworks –July 31 & August 3: play performance plus dinner and entertainment
Family Days – July 6, August 10 & August 24 at 2pm; activities plus Mainstage play performances
Talkback Tuesdays – Starting July 2 through to August 27, join members of the cast for lively Q & A sessions after each Tuesday evening performance
Wine Wednesdays – July 10, August 7, August 21 & September 4 at 6pm (pre-show events)
Accessible Performances – VocalEye – July 21 & August 10; Relaxed Performance – Sept 8

Performance Schedule: Schedule

 

Venue :  BMO Mainstage and Howard Family Stage under the tents at Vanier Park. – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver

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Public transit accessible

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