Shakespeare in Love
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall | Music by Paddy Cunneen
June 12 – September 18 · BMO Mainstage
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…
Directed by Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, returning to Bard after directing our 2018 Season’s record-breaking Beatles-music-filled As You Like It.
This production was originally conceived at the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton. It is written in contemporary English, with occasional text excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Photo Credit: Charlie Gallant as Will Shakespeare & Ghazal Azarbad as Viola Photo & Image Design: Emily Cooper
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Will Shakespeare, an emerging playwright, has writer’s block. He is struggling to complete his new work, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, before the Rose Theatre’s deadline. He needs inspiration and is desperate to rival the success of his friend and fellow playwright, Kit Marlowe. Meanwhile, another acting company steals and performs one of Will’s plays, adding a dog and gaining the attention of Queen Elizabeth I. The Rose’s owner, Philip Henslowe, needs Will’s new production to settle his debts to Hugh Fennyman. Henslowe pressures Will to hold auditions to get the process moving.
A WOMAN IN DISGUISE
Viola de Lesseps is a young gentlewoman from a wealthy family. She longs to be on stage, but only men are allowed to act. She disguises herself as Thomas Kent and auditions for the part of Romeo in Will’s new play.
A LOVE AFFAIR
Mesmerized by Viola/Kent’s audition, Will follows her home. He leaves a letter with her nurse offering Kent the role of Romeo. While at the house, Will sneaks into the de Lesseps’ ball where Viola’s father is arranging her engagement to Lord Wessex, who is titled but has no money. Not recognizing Viola as Thomas Kent, Will becomes infatuated when he dances with her. He later goes to her balcony to profess his love. Viola/Kent attends rehearsals for the play and Will eventually discovers her true identity. They fall in love and begin a secret affair. Viola becomes Will’s muse and he is inspired to write again.
THE QUEEN’S COURT
Wessex brings Viola before the court to seek the Queen’s approval for their engagement. The three of them debate whether a play can capture the true nature of love, and a bet is proposed to settle the matter, with the Queen as judge.
CLOSED BEFORE OPENING
While out for a drink with the cast, Viola/Kent learns that Will has a wife and children. He tries to explain but she rejects his excuses and runs off. Viola reappears as Kent for final rehearsals, but her secret is exposed, and the Rose is shut down for having a woman on stage. With no theatre and a wedding fast approaching, what will become of the production, the actors and the lovers?
HENSLOWE: Let me explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster… But it always works out in the end.
HENSLOWE: I don’t know. It’s a mystery.
I have been drawn to theatre all my life because of its collaborative nature. So many other art forms are solitary – a novelist sitting alone at her computer, a painter alone at his canvas – but theatre is built by a community of artists coming together and imagining the impossible. And somehow, no matter how big the obstacle, by opening night it all magically
While Shakespeare in Love is a beautiful love story, it is also the story of an ensemble of actors and outcasts coming together to defy all odds and create something beautiful. They break the rules, and reimagine who is allowed to participate in the storytelling, and the story becomes richer for it. And we too, have come together with the very same intention, to create something beautiful for you. You are an integral part of that. Without you in the audience, there would be no production. We are creating this together. That’s the profound thing about theatre – we all come together in a space, for a moment, to create something that will never be exactly the same. It is ephemeral and magical. And it is why I keep coming back.
I’m writing this note before we’ve even started rehearsals. There are months of exploration and discovery and magic ahead of us to create the production you’re about to watch. I know what it all looks like in my head, but when I get in the room with this incredible company of actors and designers, it will be made all the more magnificent by the collaboration of all the artists. There will be moments where it feels triumphant and moments where it feels impossible. But somehow, it will make it to opening night, and the production you’re about to watch. Henslowe’s right, sometimes “it’s a mystery” how it all comes together. And that’s the magic of theatre.
Enjoy the show!
Cast & Creative Team
Ghazal AzarbadViola de Lesseps
Viola de Lesseps
Ghazal is an actor and singer based in Toronto. Her recent credits include Wedding at Aulis, Innocence Lost and La Bête (Soulpepper); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Arts Club); and Entrances and Exits: An Improvised Farce (Howland/ Bad Dog). Ghazal is a graduate of the UBC BFA program, the Soulpepper Academy, and the recipient of the National Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Acting. She is thrilled to be joining Bard this year.
Heather BarrApprentice Stage Manager
Apprentice Stage Manager
Heather is thrilled to be working at Bard on the Beach this summer. Her recent stage management credits include Marine Life (apprentice, Ruby Slippers); Goodnight Desdemona (United Players); The Ones We Leave Behind (apprentice, VACT); Cain and Abel (The Biting School); Blackbird (Vancouver Fringe); and Camera Obscura (apprentice, frank theatre). She is a recent graduate of Studio 58, and the recipient of the David Pritchard Scholarship for outstanding achievement in stage management.
nothing. We did everything. We put up the tents; worked the box office; hung the lights. We slept overnight to guard the equipment. We got rained on a lot. I’ve been fortunate to play some of the greatest plays in the English language on these unceded lands. After almost 100 productions, we know what we’re doing now. I hope you enjoy it.
Kate BesworthJohn Webster
Previously at Bard: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Timon of Athens. Thank you for coming to see theatre!
Kimira BhikumAssistant Set Designer
Assistant Set Designer
Kimira is an MFA graduate student from UBC. Her research explores the use of virtual reality in the creative set design process to enhance communication between a Director and a Designer. Originally from South Africa, she attained a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Technology where she specialized in prop-making and scenic painting. She has worked in both film and theatre industries and will continue to master her skills as an artist.
Daryl is the Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, the former Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops, BC) and the founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto). Directing credits include: As You Like It and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bard on the Beach); Shakespeare in Love, Matilda, UBUNTU, and The Candidate & The Party (Citadel); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary/WCT); Mary Poppins (Persephone/WCT); Tribes (Canadian Stage); And All For Love (National Arts Centre); and Afterplay (Shaw Festival).
Stephen CourtenayProduction Stage Manager
Production Stage Manager
Following last season’s incredible fusion of live Beatles music, comic mania, and dangerous drama, Stephen is excited to participate in this summer’s brilliant reexamination of the thought-provoking The Taming of the Shrew and the finely crafted homage to the genius at the center of Shakespeare in Love. Stephen proudly recalls 52 Shakespearean offerings and projects with the revered Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, Studio 58/Green Thumb, Touchstone Theatre, Electric Company, and Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble.
Andrew CowndenWabash / Valentine
Wabash / Valentine
This is Andrew’s fourth season with Bard on the Beach. Recent credits include Launce, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Launcelot Gobbo, The Merchant of Venice (Bard); Julian Marsh, 42nd Street (TUTS); The Emcee, Cabaret (Royal City Musical Theatre); Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas (Carousel Theatre); and Lopakhin, The Orchard (After Chekhov) (Arts Club). He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. @AndrewCownden
Mischelle CuttlerSound Designer / Musical Director
Sound Designer / Musical Director
Mishelle is thrilled to be back at Bard after composing and performing in Lysistrata last season. Favourite past projects include The Candidate and The Party (Citadel); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Hir and The Events (Pi); and Titus Bouffonius (Rumble). She has a BFA from UBC and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mishelle is a two-time Jessie Award-winner and multiple nominee. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.mishellecuttler.com
Victor’s second season with Bard. Bard: Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Elsewhere: productions with Pi Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Banff Centre, Blue Bridge Repertory, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Theatre NorthWest, Shakespeare in the Ruff, The Belfry, Electric Company Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, ITSAZOO, Kaleidoscope, Kokoro Dance, and SNAFU Dance Theatre. Victor has appeared in 21 cabarets with Atomic Vaudeville, and in three seasons at the Stratford Festival. Film/TV: Supernatural, Siren, Reboot: The Guardian Code, Raf, and Android Employed.
Austin EckertKit Marlowe
Austin is excited to be back with Bard on the Beach for his third season. Previous Bard productions include Much Ado About Nothing; The Winter’s Tale; As You Like It; and Macbeth. Recent theatre: Arts Club, Belfry Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, frank theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre. Recent TV: Supernatural, The Magicians, The Flash, Colony, Narcoleap, Snowpiercer, and Project Bluebook. Austin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. For GG.
Celeste EnglishAssistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Celeste English is a lighting designer born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Design credits include; Michif Medicines (Vni Dansi), The Virtual Full Light of Day (Electric Theatre Company), OW (Mascall Dance), The Sea (Slamming Door Collective). Assistant Design credits include; Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arts Club), Kleptocracy (Arena Stage), The Enemy (Firehall). This will be her fifth season with Bard, having previously worked with both the Operations and Education departments. She is a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.
Tara Cheyenne FriedenbergMovement Coach
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Tara is an award-winning creator, performer and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Tara is known for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. When she isn’t coaching, teaching and creating innovative movement for theatre, she is performing her highly acclaimed physical-theatre around the world (highlights: DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, High Performance Rodeo/Calgary etc.). Tara lives in East Vancouver with her husband composer Marc Stewart and their son Jasper.
Charlie GallantWill Shakespeare
After 13 months of playing anguished characters like Reverend Dimmesdale in The Scarlet Letter (Theatre Calgary) and Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Stratford Festival), Charlie is thrilled to return for his sixth season at Bard in playful roles. Having worked across Canada in theatre/film/TV, Bard remains a favourite company of Charlie’s since his debut in the original spaghetti-western The Taming of the Shrew in 2007. A musician, writer, director, filmmaker, and Studio 58 grad.
Ming HudsonMistress Quickly / Kate
Mistress Quickly / Kate
This is Ming’s second season at Bard. Select performing credits include: Timon of Athens and Lysistrata (Bard); Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Theatre Replacement); Blisskrieg (Atomic Vaudeville); PostSecret: The Show (Firehall); Big Bad and Fall Away Home (Boca del Lupo); and The Penelopiad (Arts Club). This fall, she is producing/curating a new immersive theatrical experience called At Last. Ming is a graduate ofarthouse berlin (formally LISPA), holds an MA (Rose Bruford), and a BFA (UVic).
Kayvon KhoshkamDirecting Apprentice
Kayvon was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. This is Kayvon’s sixth season with Bard. He is the current Artistic Director of SpeakEasy Theatre and the co-artistic director and founder of the Pull Festival which recently celebrated its eighth season. He is a Jessie Award nominated actor and director. Directing highlights: The Shipment and Gross Misconduct (SpeakEasy Theatre), and The After After Party (After Party Theatre).
Warren was born in South Africa. He trained at RADA in London. Warren has performed extensively in the UK, Europe, and South Africa. He has been seen locally as Sweeney, Sweeney Todd; Bill, Mamma Mia; Shylock, The Merchant of Venice; Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof; Dad, Billy Elliot; Javert, Les Misérables; Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady; Mr. Banks, Mary Poppins; and Dan, Next to Normal. Warren is thrilled to be returning to Bard. More about Warren at warrenkimmel.com.
Gerald KingLighting Designer
Lighting designer at Bard for 17 seasons. Gerald’s recent credits: Matilda (RCMT, Citadel, Arts Club); Chariots of Fire (The Grand Theatre); Carried Away On The Crest of A Wave (NAC); The 39 Steps (Circle Bright); Liberation Days (Theatre Calgary); Othello, The Merry Widow, Faust, Dead Man Walking, and Evita, (Vancouver Opera); Beauty and the Beast, Jitters, and Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club); Crazy for You (Citadel); The Book of Love (Kokoro Dance); The Ones We Leave Behind (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre); and Faerie Queen (Royal Winnipeg Ballet).
Jennifer LinesQueen Elizabeth / Molly
Queen Elizabeth / Molly
Jennifer has performed in nearly 40 productions in her 19 seasons with Bard. Favourite roles include Ariel, Beatrice, Cleopatra, Paulina, Hermione, Emilia, Olivia, Tamora, Cressida and many more! Recent theatre: Forget About Tomorrow, Hand to God, It’s a Wonderful Life, High Society, and The Real Thing (Arts Club); The Great Gatsby, and Beyond Eden (Theatre Calgary); and Après Moi (Ruby Slippers). She is the recipient of two Jessie Awards and has a BFA in Acting (UVic).
Anton LipovetskyFrees / Lord Wessex
Frees / Lord Wessex
stages Anton has performed on: National Arts Centre, Luminato Festival, Arts Club, Carousel Theatre, Firehall, and The Belfry. Anton is also an award-winning musical theatre songwriter and is currently at work on three commissions. He is a graduate of Studio 58 and the Stratford Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.
Alison MatthewsHead Voice and Text Coach
Head Voice and Text Coach
Alison is Head of Coaching at Bard, where she has led voice and text work since 2009. She is a founding faculty member of the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive and has taught at the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program for five years. A professional actor for over twenty-five years, Alison works in radio, television, and film. MFA (specializing in Voice), University of British Columbia; Associate Diploma in Drama & Speech, Trinity College London. www.alisonmatthews.com
Susinn is a multiple Jessie Award-winner who has worked in theatres across the country. Best known for touring Canada with Mom’s The Word, Menopositive The Musical!, and Michele Riml’s smash-hit Sexy Laundry, Susinn is thrilled to be back at Bard. She is one of the founders of Wet Ink Collective. Her first play, Since You Left Us, was among Vancouver Presents’ top 10 plays of 2014.
Andrew McNeeRichard Burbage
Andrew McNee is a Vancouver born and raised actor in Theatre, Film and Television, and Animation. His theatre work has taken him on tour across Canada, to Europe and to the UK. Recent screen credits include Public Schooled, Grand Unified Theory and Mega Man. When not playing make believe for a living, he spends his time with his wife Karen and wrestling his rascally kids Finn and Thomas. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58.
Paul Moniz de SáSir Robert de Lesseps / Tilney
Paul Moniz de Sá
Sir Robert de Lesseps / Tilney
For Bard: The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona (2017); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure For Measure (2006); Macbeth (2004); and Pericles (2003). Other theatre credits: Guys and Dolls, It’s All True and Oh What A Lovely War. Screen credits include Arrow, The Murders, iZombie, Timeless, and The BFG. He received Jessie Awards for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Overcoat and Jessie nominations for Driving Miss Daisy. Paul is the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella and a graduate of Studio 58.
Rebecca MulvihillAssistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
This is Rebecca’s fifth season with Bard on the Beach. Recent Stage Management credits include Redbirds (Solo Collective); Topdog/Underdog and The (Post)Mistress (Arts Club); Sultans of the Street (Carousel); and Selfie (Théâtre La Seizième). Recent ASM credits include The Shoplifters, King Charles III, Good People, and Educating Rita (Arts Club). Rebecca has had the opportunity to travel with shows around B.C. and as far away as Norway. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria.
Chirag is a Vancouver-based actor. Selected theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Tempest (Bard); carried away on the crest of a wave (NAC), Cranked and Showdown (Green Thumb); Mustard and Peter and the Starcatcher (Arts Club); Yoga Play (Gateway); and Après Moi (Ruby Slippers). Film credits include Limetown, No Tomorrow, and Rogue. Chirag is a graduate of Studio 58 and the recipient of the Sydney J. Risk Award.
Kamyar PazandehLambert / Ned Alleyn
Lambert / Ned Alleyn
Kamyar is delighted to be back at Bard for his third season. Select credits include Pericles, Pericles; Gratiano, The Merchant of Venice; and Turio, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bard on the Beach); Gaston, Beauty and the Beast; Tom, The Piano Teacher; and Tom, Jitters (Arts Club); and Smudge, Forever Plaid (Mayfield). Kamyar is a Jessie Award-nominee and the recipient of the Koerner Arts Award. He is a graduate of Studio 58.
Alana Hawley PurvisVoice and Text Coach
Alana Hawley Purvis
Voice and Text Coach
Alana is an actor and voice & performance coach, working with institutions across North and Central America including: The Stratford Festival, University of Alberta, Douglas College, the Citadel Banff Professional Program, The Speech Studio and Es Artes!. She is a graduate of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting (MFA) and The Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. She has performed with various theatre companies including: The Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, and Theatre Calgary.
Jonathan Hawley PurvisFight Director
Jonathan Hawley Purvis
Jonathan has worked across Canada as an actor and fight director for both the stage and screen. He is a member of Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stage Fight Society in Europe. Last year he choreographed fights and dance for Macbeth and As You Like It at Bard. Other theatres he has worked for include: Citadel, Arts Club, Chemainus, St. Lawrence Shakespeare, Theatre Calgary, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and Concrete. www.jonathanpurvis.com
Jason is thrilled to be making his Bard debut this summer! Recent theatre credits include The Matchmaker (Arts Club); 13 the Musical (Bring on Tomorrow Co); Bah! Humbug! (2017-2018 Remount, SFUW/Vancouver Moving Theatre); and The King and I (Gateway Theatre). Film/TV credits include Mech X4, iZombie, and Spontaneous (Upcoming). He would like to thank the Bard team, Joel Garner, Sara and Team PT, and his parents and grandparents for all their support.
Cory SincennesCostume Designer / Set Designer
Costume Designer / Set Designer
Cory is an award-winning designer, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. His designs have received both national and international recognition having worked throughout Canada, Europe and Russia. He holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Recent work: Anne of Green Gables, Evangeline (Charlottetown Festival); Liberation Days, Peter and the Starcatcher (WCT); Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Crazy For You, (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet (Citadel). www.corysincennes.com
Erica SterryAssistant Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Erica Sterry is thrilled to be part of the Bard team for the first time this year. She is a costume design student going into her final year of the BFA Theatre Design and Production program at UBC. She has a diploma for Costuming for Stage and Screen from Capilano University and plans to graduate from UBC in 2020. Previous credits include costume design for: Much Ado About Nothing (UBC) and Tuesdays and Sundays (UBC).
Bard on the Beach debut! Julie is currently directing and choreographing Newsies at TUTS. Recent credits include Once (Citadel); Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Panto); On The Town and Crazy For You (Theatre Sheridan); Grease and Footloose (Chemainus); Buddy Holly (The Globe); Mary Poppins (WCT/Persephone); 42nd Street (Studio 58); and Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre – Jessie Award-winner for Outstanding Choreography). Former Radio City Rockette. Upcoming: Pinocchio at YPT in Toronto. Love and thanks to Daryl. www.julietomaino.com
Joel WirkkunenRalph / Catling
Ralph / Catling
Select theatre credits include The Audience, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Odd Couple, School For Scandal, and A Flea In Her Ear (Arts Club); Detroit (Mitch & Murray Productions); Of Mice and Men and The Overcoat (Vancouver Playhouse); Grace, Sled, and Cherry Docs (Touchstone Theatre); Richard III, Henry IV, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and (Assistant Director) Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach).
Kingsley is a 6 yr old King Charles Cavalier spaniel. He is often seen competing in the Obedience ring in both Rally and CKC Obedience. He is currently placed in the top ten in Canada in Rally. Outside of the ring, Kingsley enjoys going for long walks, bossing his little brother Archie around, and stealing treats and attention from anyone who will give him the time of day. His TV credits include an RBC commercial.
PorkChop is a 5 year old Jack Russel mix adopted from a shelter in Southern California. Shakespeare in Love will be his acting debut. PorkChop loves chasing waves, getting dirty and he will do anything for peanut butter. He's also famous in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood as shop dog at Ball and Biscuit Grooming.
Critics & Patrons Say
The actors bring it & the onstage energy leaves even the audience breathless.Marsha Lederman, Globe & Mail
Shakespeare in Love was amazing. We had incredible seats. Outstanding cast and cute dog.Destiny, Bard patron
Bard on the Beach’s second play of the summer is an exhilarating tour de force. The cast is enchanting and the direction superb, making for a heartwarming, life-affirming ode to love and artKatherine Dornian, The Georgia Straight
My first time watching Shakespeare in Love and I had no idea what I’ve been missing out on!Steph, Bard patron
“…it’s the perfect date night for romantics and lovers of theatre alike.Juljka Nadir, The Vancouver Arts Review
Daryl Cloran directs a sterling cast in a briskly funny, surprisingly moving production as praiseworthy as his last summer’s marvellous ‘As You Like It’.Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun
Daryl Cloran’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ evokes so many emotions – love, laughter, heartbreak, confusion, frustration and satisfaction.Petrina D'Souze, Darpan
An inspiring and moving performance. The transition from film to stage was seamless, the acting impeccable, the costumes stunning. Did I mention I really enjoyed it.Robert, Bard patron
The stage adaptation is every bit as rich and absorbing as the film, if not more so.Cora Li, Vancouverscape
[Bard on the Beach] really outdid themselves this year! Shakespeare in Love was phenomenal. Best of the 14 shows I’ve had the privilege of seeing over the years! Shoutouts to [Ghazal Azarbad] and [Charlie Gallant] for the laughs, the tears, and the memorable evening.Camden, Bard patron
This presentation brings passion and absolute joy to the story! And what can we say about the sweet puppy?Nancy, Bard patron