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Bard on the Beach Basics
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
From its beginnings back in 1990 with one tent and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bard on the Beach is now one of Canada's largest Shakespeare festivals, drawing in over 100,000 people each year. With an unforgettable setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, “Bard” offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September each year.
The Mainstage Theatre tent is home to two large-scale Shakespearean productions each summer season, usually with one play running over the first part of the week, and the second at the end of the week. The back of the tent behind the stage, is open so that the actors perform against a spectacular backdrop of city skyline, mountains, sea and sky - a highlight of the unique Bard experience. A smaller theatre tent sees performances of two productions each year, comprised of some of The Bard’s lesser known works as well as contemporary plays that tie-in with the theatre’s mandate.
But the Bard on the Beach experience is about more than just the plays. Pre-book a picnic to be picked up and enjoyed on the grounds before the show, participate in post-show discussions of the works, sip and sample with a pre-show wine tasting, or bring the kids for one of the Family Nights.
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