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This year for Giving Tuesday, Bard on the Beach has decided to raise funds for the Bard Education Bursary Fund. Director of Education, Mary Hartman, shared her thoughts on the importance of arts education and the relevance of Shakespeare even in a modern age. Read on for more…

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The September long weekend has passed, but at Bard on the Beach, we’re still going strong. If you’ve missed some of our plays, or want to revisit a favourite, now is the time to act. The clock is ticking towards our last performances…

Here are three reasons why September is perfect for a trip to Bard:

  1. Our four plays have been maturing all summer and are now at their peak – and even if you’ve seen them once, now is the time to come and savour them again!

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Get to Know BuenoStyle

If you’ve visited us in Vanier Park before, you know that the Bard Boutique in the Village is home to a collection of unique items – Shakespearean themed and not – including beautiful handmade jewellery from local designers. New to the Bard Boutique this year is a line of jewellery from BuenoStyle.

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William Shakespeare would have been 451 this year, which is cause enough for celebration. We wouldn’t be who we are without him, so his birthday is an occasion we dearly love! We’ll be celebrating at the Fairmont Pacific Rim at Bill’s Birthday Breakfast, kicking off the season with Bard on the Beach supporters. Stage your own celebration with some of our favourite ways to mark Shakespeare’s birthday.

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The Scoop on Steampunk

Shakespeare’s plays can be seen performed around the world, and there are so many different interpretations of his work – that’s part of what makes his plays so enjoyable! At Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival we’ve been known to have some new interpretations of our own, and this season, Scott Bellis will be directing a reimagining* of his successful production of The Comedy of Errors done in steampunk style. What is steampunk, you ask?

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’re starting to feel the love in the air (and we may have already indulged in the chocolate that comes along with it). This rainy weather has us daydreaming about the summer months and the thrill of a new season at Bard on the Beach. From experience, we know that a trip to a tent in the park can be the perfect opportunity for romance.

Here are eight reasons to bring that special someone to Bard…

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Even though the festival runs during the summer months, the preparation for a season begins as soon as one ends. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival admin staff are on duty year round, piecing together every part of what makes an enjoyable summer for our patrons, new and experienced!

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It’s been another fun season in the Bard Box Office! Here are some of the err… interesting things that were overheard.

Patron: “I have tried buying tickets online but can’t seem to book in dates. That’s nothing unusual as I have been known to order a hamster on line before when I really wanted a hamper!”

Patron: “I think the internet is broken.”
Box Office: “Which browser are you using?”
Patron: “Desktop.”

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Ok, so we are not suddenly changing from Shakespeare plays to musicals but we are having a limited, three show run of the HILARIOUS Will Shakespeare’s ImprovMusical and we can’t wait! We caught up with show creator Alan Marriott to find out how they pull together a completely improvised show every night. 

How did the Will Shakespeare’s ImprovMusical come about?

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Back in April, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival contacted us about a couple from Vancouver who were traveling over to complete the Shakespeare canon by seeing The Two Noble Kinsmen.

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