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How Shakespeare Brought an Aspiring Young Actress out of her shell

How Shakespeare Brought an Aspiring Young Actress out of her shell

During the day at Bard on the Beach there is a presence that takes over the entire Vanier Park site. Mostly it moves in packs and sometimes alone, with an insatiable hunger for all things Shakespearean. This presence is commonly known as “The Young Shakespearean.” Over the last 19 years, Bard has seen over 2000 Young Shakespeareans walk through our gates and come out the other side as changed individuals. A now 14-year-old Marlee Spicer gave us her account of what it’s like to take part in our annual summer workshops. 

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Jedi Knight, Nic Harrison Fights Back

Jedi Knight, Nic Harrison Fights Back

We’re delighted to have Dr. Nicholas Harrison return to Bard on the Beach for his 16th season as our Fight Director. As a young boy, Nic saw a little movie called Star Wars, an event that would change the rest of his life. Here's his story on how he became a Fight Director and the opportunities and challenges of this season’s plays.

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Get on your bike and ride!

Get on your bike and ride!

Vancouver is often described as one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world. One of the easiest and best ways to take in the views of this fantastic city is by bike (and we’re proud to say that almost all of our actors bike to Bard!) The journey to Bard on the Beach along the seawall is a great way to take in some spontaneous events while travelling at your own pace.

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Fun facts you might not know about this season's plays

Fun facts you might not know about this season's plays

Simon Fraser University Professor Paul Budra, our insightful Bard Explored lecturer, is back this season to help you unravel Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure For Measure and Elizabeth Rex.

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Rachel Cairns talks Heartache, Hamlet and Coming Home

Rachel Cairns talks Heartache, Hamlet and Coming Home

Kitsilano girl Rachel Cairns has come a long way from her days at Lord Byng Secondary’s specialty arts program.

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Measure For Measure & Elizabeth Rex Open the Studio Stage

Measure For Measure & Elizabeth Rex Open the Studio Stage

This is it, we've offically opened both stages! 

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Barbara Pollard takes us behind the scenes at Bard and reveals why an actor should never give up.

Barbara Pollard takes us behind the scenes at Bard and reveals why an actor should never give up.

It’s your first time performing at Bard this year. What has the experience been like for you?

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Where Would Christopher Gaze Sit?

Where Would Christopher Gaze Sit?

A couple of months ago one of our Box Office agents asked a patron, while booking their tickets: "Do you have a preference for seating?" to which the patron replied: "I don't know, WWCGS?"

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A Perfect Night for the Opening of Hamlet

A Perfect Night for the Opening of Hamlet

What a Canada Day weekend it has been!

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Twelfth Night Opens!

Twelfth Night Opens!

What a week! From Jessies to dress rehearsals to opening nights, it’s been all hands on deck and the late June rain hasn’t deterred any of you, our enthusiastic audiences - it's cozy and dry in the tents!

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Shakespeare In a Nutshell

Shakespeare In a Nutshell

Want to find out a bit more about the plays this season, straight from the experts? Come down to the Village in the hour before the show and our talented presenters will give you a 10 minute synopsis to get you up to speed on the play you're about to see and wow your friends with fascinating facts they didn't know!

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3 Village Superstars You Need to Know!

3 Village Superstars You Need to Know!

In a world where one may smile, and smile, and be a villain… where madness in great ones must not unwatched go, three women must break through from deception and treachery to present the most phenomenal Bard Village experience ever known to mankind! Ladies and gentlemen, (cue drum roll) meet your Bard Village superstars!

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