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Vancouver — By thevancouverguide on June 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm
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Bard on the Beach Launches it’s 21st Season

I’ve been a fan of¬†William Shakespeare since I first thrilled at a production of Richard III when I was 13 years old.¬† Since then, every chance I can, I attend a Shakespeare play or movie.¬† Last night I went to see Kenneth Branagh’s amazing 1989 version of Henry V, presented by Bard on the Beach as one of the Shakespeare movies highlighting this year’s productions which mark Bard’s 21st year.¬† There was a brief intro by a Bard company member before the movie and a post-movie discussion.¬† This set the stage for me.¬† Now I can hardly wait to see Bard’s production of Henry V this summer.

Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival.¬† The performances are held under open-ended white and red tents in scenic Vanier Park with a backdrop of mountains, sea and sky.¬† The Festival’s artistic director is Christopher Gaze who brings his seasoned experience to head this not-for-profit organization making the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival one of the most popular events in¬†Vancouver during the summer months.

The Bard 2010 season performances:

  • Much Ado About Nothing(June 3 – Sept 25) on the Mainstage
  • Antony And Cleopatra(June 16 – Sept 24) on the Mainstage
  • Falstaff (Henry IV, Parts 1&11) on the Studio Stage (July 1- to Sept 22)
  • Henry V plays on the Studio Stage (July 14 – Sept 24)

Note: Due to a deformation in one of the Mainstage tent sections, performances from June 3 to 9 and the 16th are cancelled.

Bard also hold special events and performances:

Bard Explored: A Shakespeare Lecture Series ($10 each) held on site Saturdays at 10.30 am prior to the 3 pm staging of:

  • June 26 Antony and Cleopatra
  • July 17 Much Ado About Nothing
  • August 7¬† Henry V
  • August 14¬† Falstaff

Forum: Shakespeare at War: explore the dramatic impact of both personal and military conflict in this season’s plays. Mainstage Tent¬† July 12, 7 pm ($10)

Chor Leoni at Bard: Mondays, June 21 & 28, 3 pm & 8 pm ($35). Vancouver’s popular men’s choir returns with Chor Leoni Country!

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks, a fundraiser for Bard on the Beach and the HR MacMillan Space Centre.  Dinner & Play 6 pm. July 21, 24, 28 and 31  ($103.00) note: should fireworks be cancelled, regular schedule applies)

Celebrating Red & White,  a wine and cheese tasting hosted by Calona Vineyards. Saturday, Aug 14:

  • Antony & Cleopatra wine tasting 3 pm ($59.50)
  • Falstaff wine tasting 3 pm ($59.50)
  • Much Ado wine tasting¬† 6 pm ($66)
  • Falstaff wine tasting 6 pm ($66)

Chatterbox Tuesdays: Pre-show Chats and Post-show Talkbacks with members of the cast.  Gather on the lawns outside the tents.  Mainstage: 7.30; Studio Stage: 7.45

Opera & Arias featuring Puccini’s La Boheme on the Bard’s Mainstage. UBC Opera Ensemble accompanied by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra directed by Christopher Gaze.

  • Monday, August 30¬† 1 pm ($35)
  • Monday, August 30¬† 7 pm ($38)
  • Monday, September 6¬† 1 pm ($35)
  • Monday, September 6¬† 7 pm ($38)

How to Order Tickets: Ticket prices vary, based on event, and are available online, at the box office, and by phone.

Venue:  Vanier Park, 1100 Chestnut Street, at the foot of Whyte Ave (map)

Photo by Ruth Kozak

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