Discover our 2023 Season
We’re excited to reveal the lineup for the Festival’s 34th Season, which will run from June to September, 2023.
Bard’s 2018 blockbuster As You Like It, brimming with Beatles hits, is back on the BMO Mainstage after delighting sold-out houses across Western Canada and the USA. It will play in repertory with Shakespeare’s thrilling political drama, Julius Caesar. On the Howard Family Stage, there are two contrasting productions: Henry V, set this season in a mythical realm and inspired by fantasy, and the hilariously interactive Goblin: Macbeth, created by a team of acclaimed Canadian theatre-makers.
“Our 34th Season is the full package, with dynamic productions for theatre lovers of every stripe,” says Christopher Gaze, Bard Founding Artistic Director. “There’s a wealth of romance, music, high-spirited comedy and compelling drama – something just for you, whether you’re a committed Shakespeare fan or have never been to Bard before.”
And now is the time to buy 2023 Season Packs! You can look forward to seeing all four of the 2023 Season’s fascinating productions, while buying at the lowest Pack prices of the year. Note: Season Pack prices increase on October 1.
AS YOU LIKE IT (BMO Mainstage)
The Beatles are back at Bard! It’s the 1960s all over again, and free spirits are escaping from Vancouver to get “back to the land”. This joyful tribute to love, laughter and music features two-dozen classic Beatles songs, from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “All You Need is Love”, performed live on stage. The original Bard production played to sold-out houses in 2018 and has triumphed on tour since then.
“One of the most joyous productions in Bard’s history… You’d have to be a real Nowhere Man not to be on your feet and singing along.” Vancouver Sun (2018)
“A total blast… and entirely in the spirit of the Bard.” Chicago Sun-Times (2021)
Developed by Bard on the Beach and Citadel Theatre Artistic Director Daryl Cloran. Directed by Daryl Cloran. Runs June to September*
JULIUS CAESAR (BMO Mainstage)
“Et tu, Brute?” (Julius Caesar). Shakespeare’s riveting drama tells the story of a brilliant military leader who is offered political power, betrayed by those he trusts – and is ultimately murdered. This age-old tale, in a modern setting this season, is about the human drive to get and hold on to power, often at any cost, and the chaos that ensues when others plot to take it away. Julius Caesar speaks powerfully to the current political landscape with its damaged integrity and morality – with profound implications for us all.
Directed by Cherissa Richards (Harlem Duet, 2022). Runs June to September.
HENRY V (Howard Family Stage)
A war. A bombed-out building. Mistress Quickly shelters in the wreckage. Thus begins the tale of two Empires, Eastland and Ferone, and of Prince Hal, manipulated by false advisors, who commands a bloody siege. Greed, empire, and destruction prevail. Can there be another way? Can a few, a happy few, turn the tide towards love? Shakespeare’s famous story is set this season in a mythical realm and steeped in fantasy, with all the power of Shakespeare’s original.
Directed by Lois Anderson (The Taming of the Shrew, 2019; Lysistrata, 2018). Runs from June to August.
GOBLIN: MACBETH (Howard Family Stage)
When three Goblins come across a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, they’re intrigued by a writer who clearly knows his witches, faeries, goblins and monsters. They decide to co-opt a theatre space and cajole an audience into participating in their first attempt at “doing theatre”. They choose Macbeth because it’s short…and has lots of blood! Get set for a joyful theatre experience with this unique interactive production.
“Shakespeare goblins veer from inspired lunacy to riveting command of the language. Unpredictable, unrestrained and uninhibited, Goblin: Macbeth is the stage equivalent of a theme park funhouse ride.” The Calgary Herald
“…absolutely brilliant. A perfect mix of high-quality, precision Shakespeare, ingenious creativity, and cleverly crafted humour.” Calgary theatre patron
Originally produced by The Shakespeare Company and Hit and Myth Productions in Calgary. A Spontaneous Theatre creation by Rebecca Northan, with Bruce Horak. Original music by Ellis Lalonde. Runs from August to September.
*Specific start- and end-of-run dates to be confirmed. General run periods shown above.
2023 Bard Season Packs Offer the Best Savings of the Year!
2023 Bard Premium and Regular Season Packs are now on sale! Enjoy a substantial discount on tickets to all four productions, with these lowest-price Early Bird rates in effect until September 30, 2022 at 11:59PM; package prices will increase on October 1, 2022.