The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vancouver's Vanier Park
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vancouver's Vanier Park

In a media release, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival announced the Festival’s 30th anniversary season in 2019.

Headlining next year’s festival is the stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film Shakespeare in Love. Directed by Daryl Cloran, returning after helming this year’s popular Beatles-infused As You Like It, it is the story of a young Will Shakespeare who, suffering from writer’s block, finds both his muse and love.

Sharing the main stage tent is the return of The Taming of the Shrew. Last seen in 2007, this “spaghetti western” version of Shakespeare’s love story is set in the Wild West where Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West, meets Kate, the prickliest gal in town.

On the Howard Family Stage, the 2019 Bard season will see productions of All’s Well That Ends Well, and Coriolanus.

Set in India during the waning days of British occupation and the cusp of Indian independence, this new adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy All’s Well That Ends Well will feature south-Asian music and dance. 2019 will mark the first-ever production of the no-holds barred political tragedy Coriolanus.

Alongside the four plays, the 30th anniversary season will also feature a variety of special events, including orchestral and opera music concerts, and the popular Bard-B-Q & fireworks nights.

“Our 30th season is designed to be a delight for patrons, old and new,” says Bard on the Beach artistic director Christopher Gaze in the release. “We’ve programmed entertaining options for all, from the most loyal Shakespeare fans to those who’ve never experienced a play at Bard before.”

Advance sales of 2019 Bard season packs for all four productions go on sale today. Flex packs will go on sale in November, and single tickets in April, 2019. Visit bardonthebeach.org for more information.