The Comedy of Errors goes steampunk as part of the 2015 Bard on the Beach season. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper
The Comedy of Errors goes steampunk as part of the 2015 Bard on the Beach season. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival begins its 26th season in Vanier Park this June with a Victorian steampunk version of The Comedy of Errors.

Directed by Bard Artistic Associate Scott Bellis, The Comedy of Errors is joined on the mainstage by the tragedy King Lear, in collaboration with Theatre Calgary.

Benedict Campbell as King Lear. Photo courtesy Theatre Calgary and image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper
Benedict Campbell as King Lear. Photo courtesy Theatre Calgary and image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

The Howard Family Stage sees an adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost with a 1920s Chicago feel, complete with live jazz music and the world premiere of Shakespeare’s Rebel, adapted by C.C. Humphreys from his best-selling novel of the same name, and directed by Bard on the Beach Artistic Director Christopher Gaze.

Luisa Jojic (Rosaline) and Josh Epstein (Berowne) in Love's Labour's Lost. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper
Luisa Jojic (Rosaline) and Josh Epstein (Berowne) in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Along with the four plays, Bard on the Beach sees the return of some favourite concerts and special events including the ever-popular Bard-B-Q & Fireworks. Also returning this year is Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, this year with Manely Canadian, a treasure trove of Canadian billboard hits from Celine to The Guess Who. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra takes up residence again with Live at Bard and the UBC Opera Ensemble, accompanied by members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, will perform an in-concert performance of classics from the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire.

John Murphy (Earl of Essex) in Shakespeare's Rebel. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper
John Murphy (Earl of Essex) in Shakespeare’s Rebel. Photo & image design by David Cooper & Emily Cooper

Tickets for the Bard on the Beach 2015 season are now on sale. Visit http://bardonthebeach.org for more information.