Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Basics

Celebrating its 26th Season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals, drawing in over 100,000 people each year. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.

A custom-built Mainstage Theatre tent was erected in 2011, offering expanded and more comfortable seating (733 seats), a redesigned stage, reserved seating and an enhanced sound system. The Mainstage tent is open-ended so that the actors perform against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky - a highlight of the unique Bard experience. Two large-scale productions of plays in the Shakespearean canon are performed in repertory on its BMO Mainstage from early June through late September.

The Douglas Campbell Theatre tent seats 278 in reserved seats and its two repertory productions run from the end of June through September on the Howard Family Stage, named in 2014 in honour of Vancouver arts philanthropists Darlene and Paul Howard. This intimate performance space hosts a mix of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, his classics presented with less traditional staging and in recent years, contemporary plays with stories and themes that link to the Festival's Shakespeare mandate.

Beyond the four productions, events include wine and beer tastings, fireworks displays, youth workshops and outreach, and lectures.

The 2015 season includes The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost and the world premiere of C.C. Humphreys' Shakespeare's Rebel. Full details at


Tickets and Other Info:

Updates are posted regularly at Tickets and info available by phone at 604.739.0559 (877.739.0559 toll free) or online.


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