Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Announces 35th Season Productions
2024 Season Packs On Sale Now
SEPTEMBER 6, VANCOUVER, B.C./ / Traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations – The 2024 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival will return to Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park in Vancouver from June 11 to September 28, 2024. The 2024 season will include four dynamic productions including Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, and Measure for Measure.
“We’re very excited to announce our 2024 Season,” said Christopher Gaze, Bard Founding Artistic Director. “With comedy, music, romance, and drama, there’s something for everyone, whether they’re a committed Shakespeare fan or have never been to the theatre before. We’re so thrilled to work with some of Canada’s finest theatre creators to present a unique and diverse Season that will make you laugh, make you think, and move you deeply – all in equal parts.”
On the BMO Mainstage, director Diana Donnelly celebrates the topsy-turvy world of Twelfth Night, packed with romance and laughs, adventure and self-discovery, set to original music by a beloved Vancouver singer-songwriter. It will play in repertory with Shakespeare’s classic tale of vengeance, love, and loss, Hamlet, adapted and directed by Stephen Drover. On the Howard Family Stage, two productions will play in repertory: The Comedy of Errors, directed by Rebecca Northan, who conceived and directed this year’s smash-hit Goblin:Macbeth, and an irreverent, footloose Measure for Measure, adapted and directed by Governor General’s Award nominee Jivesh Parasram.
ON STAGE AT BARD IN 2024
TWELFTH NIGHT – BMO Mainstage
Remember that song? The one you listened to over and over again when you first fell in love? You know the title. Maybe you were loved back; maybe you weren’t. But that song was like food to you. In director Diana Donnelly’s Illyria, everyone is obsessed with each other. No one is “adulting”, they are too busy feeling – and music gets them through the day. Who better than the queen of love songs, Vancouver’s brilliant Veda Hille, to bring her capacity for ecstasy (and its twin) to the love songs of Twelfth Night? Music, fights, pranks, jokes, and miracles: Twelfth Night is a hilarious and deep romcom that has it all. It holds a mirror to our nonsense and reflects how love transforms us, for better or worse. Bard’s big tent is the perfect venue for Illyria’s poetry and chaos, with “salt waves fresh in love” sparkling in the distance.
HAMLET – BMO Mainstage
For generations, no play by Shakespeare has more meaningfully captivated us than Hamlet. A young Danish prince returns home to mourn the death of his father only to uncover a dark secret he cannot ignore. His struggle to move forward with action and purpose awakens deep questions about life, existence, and if it’s better “To be or not to be.” As he attempts to make sense of a world that has shifted beneath him, we are invited to see ourselves in Hamlet and to consider the blurry lines around loyalty, self, and all the things that are in heaven and earth. Directed by Stephen Drover, who adapted this season’s masterful Julius Caesar.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Howard Family Stage
Canadian Comedy Award winner and co-creator of the runaway hit Goblin:Macbeth, Rebecca Northan makes her Bard directorial debut with a deadly-hilarious, side-splitting production of The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of identical twins, a looming death sentence, and the sexy, sweltering heat of an ocean port full of pickpockets, goldsmiths, courtesans, and cutthroats is the perfect recipe for mistaken identity, marital infidelity, and knee-slapping hijinks. Seven of Vancouver’s most accomplished funny folk will have you rolling in the aisles with a production that takes its comedy seriously: deadly seriously.
MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Howard Family Stage
Verona – party city. The proverbial place where you’ll never find a dance floor empty… until now.
When charged with enforcing long-ignored morality laws, the much-loved party boy Duke Vincentio takes his cue to get out of Dodge and lay low while the law cracks down – handing the judicial reins to the decidedly un-groovy Angelo. No (pre-marital) dancing is the decree. Footloose Claudio is made an example and sent to death for publicly busting a move with his fiancée. Now it’s up to Claudio’s most moral sister Isabella, who must appeal to icy Angelo’s humanity, imploring him to repeal his brutal judgement and save her brother’s life. This sharp and irreverent production helmed by Rumble Theatre’s Jivesh Parasram brings one of Shakespeare’s most painfully relevant tales of coercion and hypocrisy to darkly absurdist new heights.
2024 BARD SEASON PACKS OFFER THE BEST SAVINGS OF THE YEAR!
2024 Bard Premium A+, Regular, and Preview Season Packs are now on sale! All Packs include one ticket for each production; seat selection opens in 2024, before the general public can purchase tickets.
- Premium A+ Packs include A+ seating on any date – enjoy ultimate flexibility. You choose the dates, you choose the seats, includes every seat in the house.
- Regular Packs include A seats for your choice of dates. Save more and still see the performances from great seats.
- Preview Packs give access to the A+ seats, early in the run. See it first from the seats of your choice!
Enjoy up to a substantial 42% discount on tickets to all four productions, with these lowest-price Festival Early Bird rates in effect until September 30 at 11:59pm; Pack prices increase October 1. Visit bardonthebeach.org/ for full details and to purchase online now!
Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges the corporate sponsors and donors who support and sustain the Festival and its programs.
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.
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