Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Basics
Even Shakespeare himself would do a double take upon seeing the venue for Vancouver’s annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Situated in Vanier Park, the festival that began in 1990 offers the best of the Bard’s works — all on the waterfront, taking advantage of Vancouver’s spectacular urban and natural surroundings.
The incredible setting is best exemplified by the Mainstage tent, a 520-seat facility that has actors performing against a backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. The Mainstage features two of Shakespeare’s more prominent works each summer ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Julius Caesar. The smaller Douglass Campbell Studio Stage showcases lesser-known plays, such as Titus Andronicus or Trolius and Cressia, and classics performed in less-traditional ways.
Bard on the Beach, a non-profit arts organization, has grown the festival from an intimate theatre production that saw 6,000 attendees in 1990 to a three-month event that draws nearly 100,000 people each year. Beyond the theatre, events include wine and beer tastings, fireworks displays, youth workshops and outreach, and lectures.
Tickets and Other Info:
Updates are posted regularly at www.bardonthebeach.org. Tickets and info available by phone at 604-739-0559 (877-739-0559 toll free) or online.
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