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. 

Dates: June 3 - September 24, 2016

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