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Green Spaces

Green Spaces

One of the best parts of Bard on the Beach is its physical location. The picturesque view — captured as the stunning backdrop to the BMO Mainstage set — makes the Festival unique. But this beauty is only part of the landscape. For the last four years it's been enhanced by on-site greenery, maintained by Jennifer Gaze and her Green Team

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4 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare

4 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare

You've no doubt heard that this year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing on April 23, 1616. His legacy and the timeless quality of his works is being celebrated around the world, and so of course it’s a special year for us at Bard. Read on for some of our favourite ways to honour William Shakespeare - this Saturday and always…

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Sharing Shakespeare through Bard Education

Sharing Shakespeare through Bard Education

This year for Giving Tuesday, Bard on the Beach has decided to raise funds for the Bard Education Bursary Fund. Director of Education, Mary Hartman, shared her thoughts on the importance of arts education and the relevance of Shakespeare even in a modern age. Read on for more…

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Donor Stories: Dedicating a Chair

Donor Stories: Dedicating a Chair

Our patrons support Bard on the Beach in many different ways - from buying tickets, to volunteering, to becoming a Member. We are grateful that so many have made Bard a part of their lives.  A tangible way of supporting Bard is to dedicate a chair in one of our theatres, affixed with a plaque engraved with a special message on the selected chair.  Patrons choose to dedicate their chairs for many reasons - remembering a loved one, celebrating an anniversary or honouring a specific person.

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Alison Knight talks Riotous Youth and Coming Home

Alison Knight talks Riotous Youth and Coming Home

This year marks my 10th season with Bard on the Beach education programs. I did my first Young Shakespeareans Workshop in 2005 when I was 12, taught by Andrew Wheeler. We performed Romeo and Juliet and I played the Nurse. I participated in 10 workshops over the next six years, until I aged out of the program.

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Top 3 Reasons for Bard in September!

Top 3 Reasons for Bard in September!

The September long weekend has passed, but at Bard on the Beach, we're still going strong. If you've missed some of our plays, or want to revisit a favourite, now is the time to act. The clock is ticking towards our last performances...

Here are three reasons why September is perfect for a trip to Bard:

Our four plays have been maturing all summer and are now at their peak - and even if you've seen them once, now is the time to come and savour them again!

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Spotlight: Ben Elliott

Spotlight: Ben Elliott

Ben Elliott is a man of many talents. Not only has he acted with us for five seasons, but once again, he has taken on the role of Musical Director - this time for Daryl Cloran's adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost.

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Get to Know BuenoStyle

Get to Know BuenoStyle

If you’ve visited us in Vanier Park before, you know that the Bard Boutique in the Village is home to a collection of unique items – Shakespearean themed and not – including beautiful handmade jewellery from local designers. New to the Bard Boutique this year is a line of jewellery from BuenoStyle.

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Spotlight: Nathan Schmidt

Spotlight: Nathan Schmidt

If you're a fan of Shakespeare, you won't want to miss this season's production of King Lear. As a co-production with Theatre Calgary, the Company is comprised of the best of the best from Vancouver, Calgary and beyond. While you'll likely recognize Bard favourites such as Colleen Wheeler and Jennifer Lines, there are some new faces on the BMO Mainstage, including Nathan Schmidt.

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Spotlight: Josh Epstein

Spotlight: Josh Epstein

This season we're lucky to have a fantastic Company of actors, both returning and new. Bard is a unique experience for any actor, as both casts perform two shows at the same time - not to mention it all happens to be outside in a tent!

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

With just over a week to go until we open our 26th Season, things are in full swing down in Vanier Park. If you’ve been in the area lately, you’ve likely seen our signature red and white tents popping up in preparation. It takes a whole team of people to put the Festival together, and many months of work are involved to create the finished product that you see when you come to enjoy our productions.

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6 Ways to Celebrate Bill’s Birthday

6 Ways to Celebrate Bill’s Birthday

William Shakespeare would have been 451 this year, which is cause enough for celebration. We wouldn’t be who we are without him, so his birthday is an occasion we dearly love! We’ll be celebrating at the Fairmont Pacific Rim at Bill’s Birthday Breakfast, kicking off the season with Bard on the Beach supporters. Stage your own celebration with some of our favourite ways to mark Shakespeare’s birthday.

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