Charlie Gallant & Ghazal Azarbad will appear in the stage adaptation of the award-winning film Shakespeare in Love at this year's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Photo and image design by Emily Cooper.
Charlie Gallant & Ghazal Azarbad will appear in the stage adaptation of the award-winning film Shakespeare in Love at this year's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Photo and image design by Emily Cooper.

Tickets for the 30th anniversary season of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival are now on sale.

The summer-long Festival will once again take place under the iconic red and white tents at Vancouver’s Vanier Park, running June 5 through September 21.

The line-up this year includes a salute to a favourite Bard production, the stage adaptation of an Oscar-winning romantic comedy, a cross-cultural story set in India, and a rarely-staged political drama.

“Lois Anderson, who directed last year’s hit production of Lysistrata, brings us a feminist-forward interpretation of our hilarious 2007 spaghetti-Western Shrew,” says Bard on the Beach artistic director Christopher Gaze in a media release. “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 [who] brought us the record-breaking, critically-acclaimed As You Like It last season.”

The Howard Family Stage will feature two new productions that will run consecutively. First up is All’s Well That Ends Well, set in 1940s India at the time leading up to Indian independence. It will be followed by the political drama, Coriolanus.

Along with the four plays, Bard on the Beach will once again feature a number of special events during the Festival run.

The following is a complete list of run dates and special events for 2019:

  • The Taming of the Shrew – June 5 to September 21
  • Shakespeare in Love – June 12 to September 18
  • All’s Well That Ends Well – June 26 to August 11
  • Coriolanus – August 21 to September 15
  • Exploring Shakespeare – July 6, July 13, July 20 & September 7 – Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra leads lively explorations of the season’s four plays
  • VSO at Bard: From Venice to Vienna – June 24
  • Forum: Kate – Victim or Victor? – August 26
  • Bard-B-Q & Fireworks – July 27, July 31 & August 3
  • Operas & Arias: Verdi and More! – August 26 & September 2
  • Family Days – July 6, August 10 & August 24 at 2pm
  • Talkback Tuesdays – Starting July 2
  • Wine Wednesdays – July 10, August 7, August 21 & September 4
  • Accessible Performances: VocalEye– July 21 & August 10, The Taming of the Shrew; July 20 & August 11, Shakespeare in Love; Relaxed Performance – September 8, The Taming of the Shrew

The 2019 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs June 5 through September 21. Visit bardonthebeach.org for tickets and information.