Celebrating its 23rd Season in 2012, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. This year, they present four Shakespearean plays from June to September. Sure you have to travel into the city to catch these performances, but trust me – it’s worth it!
I recently had the pleasure of watching the opening night of The Taming of the Shrew. The play features a superb cast who bring the humor of Shakespeare to life.
For those not familiar with the plot, it centres around two completely opposite sisters. Beautiful Bianca has no shortage of admirers, but because of her father’s decision she can’t marry until her headstrong sister Kate finds a husband. Along comes the fortune-hunting Petruchio who sets out to capture the heart of the fiery-spirited Kate. Petruchio and Kate face off in a crackling battle of wits, while three enthusiastic suitors launch their own devious campaigns as they vie for Bianca’s affections.
Other plays being shown this year is the classic play Macbeth and the lesser-known play King John. Another play, The Merry Wives of Windsor was written by Shakespeare but has been updated and is now set in 1968 in Ontario.
Performances are held in the 742-seat Mainstage and the 240-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage both located in Vanier Park on Vancouver`s waterfront. Refreshments and Shakespearean-inspired products are available in the Bard Village.
Play ticket prices are $40 (evenings) and $21 to $33 (previews & matinees) with a new $30 Youth Rate (6-25 years) for evening performances. For the month of June, the adult evening ticket price is $36. See the schedule for the upcoming performances and purchase your tickets online.