Flexing Your Beach Bard

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival was established in 1990 with a mandate to provide Vancouver residents and tourists with affordable, accessible Shakespearean productions of the finest quality. Celebrating its 21st Season in 2010, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals.  Presented in the magnificent setting of Vanier Park on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.

The Festival has been operating since early June and will be featuring performances until September 25th. The Mainstage tent holds 520 people and is open ended during the performances. This enables each performance to incorporate natural Vancouver scenery showcasing ocean, mountain and skylines into the shows backdrop- a highlight in the Bard experience.

The second stage, the Douglas Campbell Studio Stage, seats 240 spectators and will be featuring Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays and some of his great classics presented with less traditional stagings. Classics being performed include Much to do About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Falstaff, and Henry V. In addition to its Shakespeare productions, Bard offers many ancillary activities including opera concerts and specialty workshops and forums. The tented ‘Bard Village’ offers a range of patron services including concessions, bar and boutique.

If you want to watch a performance you can buy tickets online at www.bardonthebeach.org. For more information, check out their Facebook group and Twitter account of updates, photography, and performance reviews.

By David Swanson