Discover our 2022 Season
Get ready to experience the magic of Bard as we return to Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park! Our 33rd Season, from June 8 to September 24, features three unique plays and a range of special events including Opera & Arias concerts, Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (dinner & play evenings), a Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performance, and more.
We can’t wait to welcome you to the Bard Village again and share the excitement and joy of live theatre under the Bard tents.
On the BMO Mainstage
Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece follows four young lovers and a troupe of stumbling actors through enchanted woods, on a journey of discovery to find out who they are, whom they love, and why it matters. Beginning in a world in disrepair, the story moves to the forest, where the natural and supernatural have merged and elves, goblins, and talking trees guide the way. It’s time again to enter a place of love, laughter and magic!
“I adore this play – it’s full of joy, magic and love. This is my tenth (Dream) production and I can’t wait to see it onstage again!” – Christopher Gaze, Bard Artistic Director
Directed by veteran Bard director and actor Scott Bellis (director – The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2017; Bottom – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014). Onstage from June 8 – September 24.
On the Howard Family Stage
Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears
This Governor-General’s Award-winning drama explores the complicated relationship of a Black couple in three key periods in the American Black experience: 1860, before the US Emancipation Proclamation; 1928, during New York’s Harlem Renaissance; and in post-civil rights 1997. Each setting reframes the story of the woman, her deep love for her partner, and her sacrifices – and resilience – in the face of his betrayal. With connections to Othello, Harlem Duet explores important contemporary questions about race, privilege and relationships.
“…an era-spanning epic that comments on what it is to be black then and now in North America.” – The Globe and Mail (2018)
Directed by actor-director Cherissa Richards (Stratford and Shaw Festivals). Onstage from June 15 to July 17.
Shakespeare spins a tragic and timeless story of two young people who fall deeply in love, in spite of a bitter feud that divides their families. Their passion – and Juliet’s courage – never fail to move and inspire us. And today more than ever, the play’s “two households alike in dignity” are a powerful reminder that with love, even the world’s greatest wounds can be healed. This production, in a classical setting, casts new light on Juliet’s experience.
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.” – Juliet
Directed by award-winning director Anita Rochon (Cymbeline, 2014). Onstage from August 3 to September 24.
NOTE: All run dates are subject to change.