The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is back this season and will run June 3 to September 25, 2010 under the familiar red and white tents in Vancouver’s Vanier Park. Tickets for the 21st season are on sale at www.bardonthebeach.org. We are also giving some away, so keep reading for details.
The season will open with the witty romance MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, in the 520-seat Mainstage tent. Dean Paul Gibson returns to stage this comical look at reluctant love and merry matchmaking. Playing in repertory with Much Ado… in the big tent is the passionate tragedy ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Longtime Bard on the Beach actor and Artistic Associate Scott Bellis will make his Festival directorial debut with this romantic and political drama. In the intimate 240-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent, Bard on the Beach continues its 3-year THE KINGS History Cycle. Glynis Leyshon returns to direct FALSTAFF, an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, I and II by Errol Durbach. Playing in repertory with Falstaff is the powerful historical drama HENRY V directed by the ever-imaginative Meg Roe.
In Much Ado About Nothing, merry plots and malevolent deception abound before one of Shakespeare’s most famous comic constables saves the day. Passion, war and betrayal erupt in the rich romantic tragedy . Antony and Cleopatra when Mark Antony must choose between duty and desire. Falstaff follows the antics of the young Prince Hal who is led astray by the roguish knight Sir John Falstaff, while King Henry IV fights an unforgettable struggle for the heart and mind of his son, the future Henry V. Continuing the history series, Henry V follows the young king from his recent ascent to the throne through his maturity into a leader able to rally his “band of brothers” to win against impossible odds.
Run dates and Special Events are as follows:
- Much Ado About Nothing – June 3 to September 25 (Mainstage tent)
- Antony and Cleopatra – June 16 to September 24 (Mainstage tent)
- Falstaff (Henry IV, I and II) – July 1 to September 22 (Studio Stage tent)
- Henry V – July 14 to September 24 (Studio Stage tent)
- Bard Explored: Lecture Series – SFU’s Dr. Paul Budra gives insight into each play: June 26, July 17, Aug 7 and 14
- Forum: Shakespeare at War – Dr. Budra and Education Dir. Mary Harman examine this theme in the 2010 plays: July 12
- Bard-B-Q and Fireworks – Play plus salmon barbecue and fireworks viewing: July 21, 24, 28, 31
- Celebrating Red and White – Play plus Wine Tasting either before or after the show: August 14
- Opera and Arias: La Bohème – UBC Opera Ensemble and members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra: Aug. 30 and Sept. 6
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The performance schedule and information can be found on the Bard website at www.bardonthebeach.org. For more information and tickets, call 604-739-0559 or toll free at 1-877-739-0559, or order on-line through the website.