Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Prepares to Welcome Its Two-Millionth Patron 

AUGUST 15, 2022, VANCOUVER, B.C. – The search is on! Bard on the Beach is about to celebrate a major milestone, as it prepares to welcome the two-millionth person to attend the Festival since its founding. Sometime between August 23 and August 28, someone will enter the Festival grounds and be counted as the two-millionth patron. And Bard is ready to roll out the red carpet when the time arrives. 

Says Founding Artistic Director Christopher Gaze: “When we started the Festival in 1990, we had high hopes for its future. But we couldn’t have imagined how successful the idea would become, and that two million people would connect with us in the thirty-two years since then.” Gaze goes on to say: “Our return to Sen̓ákw/Vanier Park after two dark summers has been complicated in many ways and it has significantly challenged our teams and operations. It’s exciting and heartwarming to have this good news to celebrate, and also to take the opportunity to thank the community at large, and all those who have brought Bard to this moment!” 

The two-millionth patron will win a Milestone prize package that includes Season ticket packs for Bard’s 34th Season in 2023, Bard Boutique merchandise, and more.  

The 2022 Festival: The Festival continues to September 24, with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet currently on stage. Upcoming special events include a Bard Family Day/Relaxed Performance on Sunday August 14 @ 2pm, and the annual Opera & Arias concerts, featuring the UBC Opera chorus and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, on September 12 and 13. 

Ticket prices (Regular Adult) include all fees & taxes and start at $27. Festival special events, group bookings and multi-play ticket package prices can be found online at or by calling the  

Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 (daily – 12 noon to 6pm). Early booking is recommended for best seat selection (all seats are reserved) and because many performances sell out in advance.  

About Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival  

Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard’s mission is to create transformational experiences through exceptional theatre, training and education opportunities that inspire, resonate, and promote the exchange of ideas. As well as its annual summer Festival, Bard offers year-round education and training programs for youth, adults and theatre professionals in its administrative home at the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village as well as in schools and community facilities throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  


2022 Season photography is currently available on the Bard website.  
Please contact Cynnamon Schreinert for password access, or for interviews. 
Tel: 604-802-2733; email: [email protected]