Discover our 2022 Season

We’re thrilled to confirm that Bard is back! After two summers of dark stages due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival will be returning to our beautiful waterfront site in Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park. 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!

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), and more. Watch for more details here in the weeks and months to come!

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On the BMO Mainstage

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece follows four desperate lovers and a troupe of stumbling actors through enchanted woods, into an alternate world where the natural and supernatural have merged and elves, goblins, and talking trees guide the way. Says Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, “Dream is such a celebration of hope and joy – it lifts the spirits of everyone who sees it.” Get ready for love, laughter and magic!

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, often called a prelude to Shakespeare’s Othello, imagines Othello with a first wife, Billie – the woman he married before Desdemona. It then brings to life three couples, each named Othello and Billie, during three key eras in the American Black Experience: 1860, before the US Emancipation Proclamation; 1928, during New York’s Harlem Renaissance; and in post-civil rights 1997.

Directed by actor-director Cherissa Richards (Stratford and Shaw Festivals). Onstage from June 15 to July 17.

Romeo and Juliet – Be swept away by Shakespeare’s tragic tale 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 story of the divide between “two households alike in dignity” is a powerful reminder that with love, it’s possible to heal even the world’s greatest wounds. This production, in a classical setting, gives additional emphasis to Juliet’s perspective.

Directed by award-winning director Anita Rochon (Cymbeline, 2015). Onstage from August 3 to September 24.

NOTE: All run dates are subject to change.