Discover our 2019 Season

Our 30th Anniversary Season runs from June 5 to September 21, 2019, with four productions on two stages.

The Festival’s BMO Mainstage is home to The Taming of the Shrew, inspired by Bard’s 2007 Wild West production, a hilarious runaway hit; it plays in repertory with the Elizabethan-era romantic comedy, Shakespeare in Love. On the Howard Family Stage there are two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, set in India and sparked with South-Asian music and dance, and Coriolanus, a no-holds-barred political tragedy filled with resonance for our time. Says Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze: “Our 30th Season is designed to be a delight for patrons, old and new. We’ve programmed entertaining options for all, from the most loyal Shakespeare fans to those who’ve never experienced a play at Bard before.”

Change in scheduling patterns in 2019 — the two plays on the Howard Family Stage run consecutively. All’s Well That Ends Well runs from June 28 – August 11, and Coriolanus runs from August 20 – September 15. The BMO Mainstage plays will run in repertory as usual.

Here are the plays, in short:


BMO Mainstage

The 2007 ‘spaghetti western’ version of The Taming of the Shrew – one of Bard’s most beloved productions – is the inspiration behind this hilarious Wild-West love story, where two fierce kindred spirits finally meet their match in each other.  Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West meets Kate, the prickliest gal in Padua, and their throw-down contest of wills and wits will leave you laughing out loud as they bicker and battle their way towards a splendid, healing love.

Jennifer Lines and Andrew McNee play Kate and Petruchio. Directed by Lois Anderson (Pericles, 2016, Lysistrata, 2018); inspired by Miles PotterRuns from June 5 – September 21.


BMO Mainstage

Based on the screenplay by Mark Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall | Music by Paddy Cunneen

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is looming and he’s in desperate need of inspiration. And then he finds his muse – Viola. She’s Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms but their road to romance runs into plenty of complications, from nefarious schemers to overheated backstage theatrics. And then there’s the dog…

Shakespeare in Love is directed by Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, returning to Bard after helming the 2018 Season’s record-breaking Beatles-music-filled As You Like It. Runs from June 11 – September 18.

“This, my friends, is a funny, sexy, touching evening.” – Liz Nicholls,  (Shakespeare in Love, Citadel Theatre, 2017)

All’s Well That Ends Well

Howard Family Stage 

This fresh, bold staging of All’s Well That Ends Well is set in India during the waning days of British occupation and the cusp of Indian independence. Helena, a privileged young Indian woman, secretly loves Bertram, an officer in the British Army.  Cultural, social and political barriers stand between them – but Helena doesn’t give up, and her journey takes her into the heart of her own culture and identity. Evocative music and dance will transport you to India as this tumultuous love story unfolds against a backdrop of dramatic societal change.

Co-created and co-directed by Johnna Wright (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2016) and Rohit Chokhani (Artistic Director, Diwali in BC). Runs from June 28 – August 11.


Howard Family Stage 

Political warfare – and war within a family – drive Shakespeare’s compelling story of the ruthless fighter, Caius Martius, as she fights for honour without compromise. Themes of pride and arrogance are at its core, as Coriolanus examines what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader and to a country – and how those choices can redeem or destroy us. Bard’s first-ever production of Coriolanus features Moya O’Connell (Lady Macbeth, 2018) as Coriolanus, and will be directed by Dean Paul Gibson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014; The Winter’s Tale, 2017). Runs from August 20 – September 15.

Tickets and packages

Advance sales of 2019 Bard Season Packs are underway and offer a substantial discount on tickets for all four productions. Flex Packs go on sale in November, and single tickets in early April, 2019. Order Season Packs now through the Bard website or by calling the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559.


NOTE: all run dates and casting subject to change.