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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
August 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 21, 2019
Bard on the Beach celebrates its 30th season with a lineup that includes a salute to an all-time favourite Bard production, the stage adaptation of an Oscar-winning romantic comedy, a cross-cultural story set in India, and a powerful, rarely-staged political drama.
“We are celebrating this milestone year by sharing the brilliant words of Shakespeare through dynamic productions that showcase the world-class talents of our directors, cast and design teams, working with innovative concepts that will have impact and relevance for today’s diverse, demanding audiences,” says Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze.
The season kicks off with The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s beloved 2007 Wild West production, a high-energy hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-set romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, adapted from the award-winning film of the same name; both are on the BMO Mainstage. The Howard Family Stage offers two new Shakespearean productions that run consecutively: All’s Well That Ends Well, set in 1940s India at the time leading up to Indian independence, and Coriolanus, a riveting political drama filled with resonance for our time.
“We have built a season that is designed to delight Festival fans who have been with us since Bard on the Beach first began in 1990, while also enticing new visitors to our Festival,” says Gaze. “Lois Anderson, who directed last year’s hit production of Lysistrata, brings us a feminist-forward interpretation of our hilarious 2007 spaghetti-Western Shrew. Also on the BMO Mainstage, we’re extending our reach beyond Shakespeare’s canon with the playful romantic adventure, Shakespeare in Love, directed by Daryl Cloran; he brought us the record-breaking, critically acclaimed As You Like It last season. On the Howard Family Stage, Johnna Wright and Rohit Chokhani (Artistic Director, Diwali in BC) co-direct a South Asian setting of All’s Well That Ends Well, and Shakespeare lovers will revel in our first-ever staging of Coriolanus, a post-modern production directed by Bard Associate Artistic Director Dean Paul Gibson.”
Check the Bard on the Beach website for exact dates and showtimes.