Student Group Bookings

There’s nothing like experiencing a Shakespeare play live in performance, and there’s nowhere like Bard on the Beach to see Shakespeare! We provide steeply discounted tickets for student groups to select weekday matinees in June and September. Read on for information about the plays, ticket booking and payment processes, students’ day-of experience and more.

2023 Student Group bookings will open on March 1, 2023. In the meantime, you can read more about our 2023 Season here. Keep an eye on this space and subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

 

The Plays

As You Like It (BMO Mainstage) 
The Beatles are back at Bard! It’s the 1960s all over again, and free spirits are escaping from Vancouver to get “back to the land”. This joyful tribute to love, laughter and music features two-dozen classic Beatles songs, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Here Comes the Sun”, performed live on stage. The original Bard production played to sold-out houses in 2018 and has triumphed across North America since then.

Developed by Bard on the Beach and Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran. Directed by Daryl Cloran. Runs June 8 to September 30. Run time: TBA.

Note: As You Like It includes elements of playful sexual innuendo. 

 

Julius Caesar (BMO Mainstage) 
“Et tu, Brute?” (Julius Caesar). Shakespeare’s riveting drama tells the story of the leader Julius Caesar, who is murdered by those he trusts – a murder that his closest ally, Mark Antony, is unable to stop. This timeless story, in a modern-day setting, is about the human drive to get and hold on to power – and how order and good government can turn to chaos when personal ambition is unchecked.  Julius Caesar is powerfully connected to our world’s political landscape, with its fractured integrity, and it raises profound questions for us all.

Directed by Cherissa Richards (Harlem Duet, 2022). Runs June 15 to September 23. Run time TBA.

Note: Julius Caesar includes portrayals of violence.

 

Goblin:Macbeth 
When three Goblins come across a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, they’re intrigued by a writer who clearly knows his witches, faeries, goblins and monsters. They decide to co-opt a theatre space and cajole an audience into participating in their first attempt at “doing theatre”. They choose Macbeth because it’s short… and has lots of blood! Get set for a unique theatre experience with this joyfully interactive one-act production.

Originally produced by The Shakespeare Company and Hit and Myth Productions in Calgary. A Spontaneous Theatre creation by Rebecca Northan, with Bruce Horak. Original music by Ellis Lalonde. Runs August 19 to September 17. Run time TBA.

Note: Goblin:Macbeth includes coarse language and suggestions of violence. 

Dates

June

Wednesday, June 7 | 1pm As You Like It
Thursday, June 8 |1pm As You Like It

September

Thursday, September 14 | 1pm Goblin:Macbeth
Friday, September 15 | 1pm Goblin:Macbeth
Wednesday, September 20 | 1pm As You Like It
Thursday, September 21 | 1pm Julius Caesar
Wednesday, September 27 | 1pm As You Like It
Thursday, September 28 | 1pm As You Like It
Friday, September 29 | 1pm As You Like It

Pricing & Subsidies

  • Student Group tickets are $24 per student in June and $19 per student in September. All taxes and fees are included in the ticket price.
  • We provide 1 free chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased. Additional chaperone tickets will be available at the regular group rate (approximately 15% off a regularly priced ticket).
  • Thanks to the support of our funders and Festival patrons, subsidies are available through the Bard Education Bursary Fund. These funds, while limited, are intended to make a trip to Bard on the Beach accessible to a wider audience of students and teachers. To apply for a subsidy, please fill out the booking request form after March 1.

Accessibility

At Bard on the Beach, we believe that everyone should have equal access to our productions. We strive to be accessible and inclusive to all, and we’re committed to identifying and removing barriers to the best of our abilities. Please advise us of any accessibility needs you or your students may have by filling out the booking request form or by contacting the Education Coordinator. We are pleased to provide free tickets to Education Assistants who will be attending a performance to support a student.

How to Book Tickets

  1. Submit a request form (opens on March 1) to request tickets. Please note, requests for June shows will be considered before September shows. Thank you for your patience.
  2. If we’re able to meet your request, we’ll ask for a 50% deposit to hold your tickets. NEW THIS YEAR: Payments can be made by Electronic Funds Transfer or credit card.
  3. Adjust your numbers if needed and pay the balance no later than two weeks before your show.

Plan Your Visit

Health and Safety

Please review our Festival Safety Plan before requesting tickets and before your visit to our Festival.

Before the Show

  • Plan for everyone in your group to arrive 1 hour before show time. Groups arriving less than 30 minutes in advance may miss some of the performance
  • Visit our maps and directions page for driving, transit, and parking directions
  • Plan your lunch: Students are welcome to bring packed lunches to eat before the show. Snacks, sandwiches, and beverages will also be available at our concession (cash, debit and all major credit cards accepted).
      • Takeout and café options are available nearby on Cornwall Avenue. If walking off-site, please arrive at least 1.5 hours before the show begins. Consider ordering ahead to allow time to walk there, pick up your food, and be back in the Bard Village 1 hour before your show starts.
  • Students are welcome to dress casually, but we suggest dressing for the weather. We recommend wearing a sweater or jacket and comfy shoes.

At the Show

  • Tickets should be picked up by the chaperone whose name is on the order starting 1 hour before show time. If another adult will be picking up the tickets, please notify our Box Office staff ahead of time.
  • The Bard Village, including concession and boutique, will open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to showtime.
  • All seats are reserved, and we ask that all students sit in the seat noted on their ticket. However, students are welcome to trade tickets with other students in their group before entering the festival site.

Educational Resources 

  • A Shakesperience: a delightfully unconventional 60-minute introduction to Shakespeare! Stream for FREE and watch it all at once or in chapters. Includes companion curriculum.
  • Discovery Zone: a collection of FREE resources focussing on Shakespeare’s characters, speeches, and wild and wacky words!
  • Play-specific resources for our Student Matinee plays will be available in late August for September student matinees.

FAQ





Who is eligible for Student Group rates?

Elementary, middle, and secondary students ages 6 and up from schools or home learning groups are eligible for Student Group Rates to our Student Matinees. Reduced rate options for our other performances are available; please contact the Box Office for more information. 





We would like to see a Bard on the Beach performance but can’t make any of the dates. Can you put on more Student Matinee performances?

We would love to perform more for students, but as an outdoor summer festival we are extremely limited in what we can offer to schools in June and September. We invite school groups who can’t attend one of our Student Matinees to take advantage of our regular Group rates or Global BC Youth Rate to come to a regularly scheduled performance during our Festival. 





Can the performances be offered earlier in the day to better accommodate busy student schedules?

Many teachers have told us that it is difficult to organize a field trip that runs outside of school hours, and we hear you! However, to comply with labour union regulations, 1 pm is the earliest we can offer our Student Matinees. 





What is the deadline for submitting a booking request?

Although we have no deadline for booking a student group, we recommend submitting a request as early as possible, beginning March 1. Many of our student matinee performances sell out. If you’re not yet sure of your numbers, keep in mind that only half of your order will be non-refundable. You may adjust your numbers for the remaining half of your booking up to 3 weeks before the performance. For requests within 1 week of the performance, we recommend contacting the Education Coordinator directly.





What forms of payment does Bard accept?

We accept payment by Electronic Funds Transfer or credit card. If neither of these options are available to you, please reach out to the Education Coordinator for support. 





We’ve been put on a waiting list. What are our options?

We keep schools on a waiting list and contact them if spaces become available. There may be tickets available for other performances, so it’s worth checking with us. We also invite students to attend the Festival at any other time throughout the season at the Global BC Youth Rate (Please note: infants and children under 6 years of age are not permitted, and patrons under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).





Our school is too far away to attend Bard. Will you be touring at all?

Unfortunately, we do not currently tour our productions. However, we do offer other in-person and virtual programs for schools both inside and outside the Lower Mainland through Bard Education.

We highly recommend checking out A Shakesperience, our 60-minute film that introduces students to the many words and worlds of Shakespeare, inviting them to explore how Shakespeare resonates for them today (and it’s FREE!).

To find out more about Bard Education’s programs, please click here or email workshops@bardonthebeach.org.





How many tickets can we buy?

You may request as many tickets to a Student Matinee as you like; however, in the interest of fairness, we may limit individual group sizes for performances with high demand. 





What if some of our students cannot go? Can we get a refund?

All payments are non-refundable.* We understand that students can be unpredictable and that your numbers may change, however, as a not-for-profit organization, we rely on our ticket sales. If your numbers change before your final payment, we can decrease the number of seats in your booking and adjust your balance accordingly. Please note that if you drop more than 50% of your seats, we cannot issue a refund on your deposit payment. If you need more seats, we can add tickets to your order, subject to availability. To adjust your order, please contact the Education Coordinator.

*The only exception to this policy is in the case of student illness. Please see our Festival Safety Plan for details.





Can I adjust my order after it has been booked?

We will do our best to fulfill requests for additional tickets at any time, based on availability. Please be aware, it might not be possible for us to book additional seats in the same section of the theatre as the original booking.

All payments are non-refundable. So, if you would like to reduce the number of tickets in your booking before the final payment deadline, the cost can’t be lower than the amount you have paid on account.

To adjust your order, please contact the Education Coordinator.





If we cannot make our original performance, can we change to a different one?

There are a limited number of performances for schools, so it may not be possible to move groups into a different performance. If we have the capacity to do so, you may be able to make a one-time change before your final payment date. Please inquire with the Education Coordinator. 





How many adult tickets can we include in our booking?

We recommend one adult chaperone for every 15 students attending. To help with this, we provide one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased. We also provide complimentary tickets for Education Assistants who will be supporting a student during the show. Additional adult tickets can be booked at the regular group rate (discount of approximately 15% off a regularly priced ticket). Please contact the Education Coordinator for more information. 





Can you mail the tickets to us?

We do not mail tickets to student group. They are only available for collection from the Box Office on the day of the performance. This is to prevent any misplaced tickets, which can cause difficulties and delays for large student groups and may cause your students to miss parts of the performance.





Will our group be sitting all together?

We generally seat groups together; however, it may sometimes be necessary to split groups into different sections to better accommodate accessibility needs or to provide groups with more central seating. If this is something you’re interested in, please let us know on your request form. Our shows use reserved seating, so we require that you sit in the specific seats assigned to you and that chaperones sit among the students.





Are the Festival site and venues accessible?

Yes! We encourage and foster an open and welcoming environment for patrons with disabilities. Please indicate on your booking request form if anyone in your group will need accessible seating or other accommodations. That way, we will be able to reserve your seats and provide the best experience for your students. If you have any questions about accessibility at Student Matinees, please contact the Education Coordinator. 





Do you allow food in the venues? Is it possible for our students to bring their own lunches?

Our concession is open one hour before the show and during intermission. The concession accepts cash, debit, and all major credit cards. We also allow outside food and non-alcoholic drinks on our site. Students are welcome to bring their own food into the Village, where there are a limited number of picnic tables and benches where they can eat. Out of consideration of others, we ask that everyone please refrain from eating in the theatres. Be sure to arrive in time for students to eat before the show begins. 





Where can we park our school bus? 

The best options for bus parking are the boat-launch lot behind (north of) our Festival site or the lot outside the Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space. Please check our Directions & Parking page or EasyPark for available parking rates and options.

Contact

Please contact Melanie Hiepler, Education Coordinator, at studentgroups@bardonthebeach.org.