Bard on the Beach Announces 2010 Season

Artistic Director Christopher Gaze is pleased to announce that Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival will run June 3 to September 25, 2010 under the familiar red and white tents in Vancouver’s Vanier Park. Tickets for the 21st season go on sale March 15th when Bard will roll over a new website with complete season details.

The season will open with the witty romance MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, in the 520-seat Mainstage tent. Dean Paul Gibsonreturns to stage this comical look at reluctant love and merry matchmaking. Playing in repertory with Much Ado… in the big tent is the passionate tragedy ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Longtime Bard on the Beach actor and Artistic Associate Scott Belliswill make his Festival directorial debut with this romantic and political drama. In the intimate 240-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent, Bard on the Beach continues its 3-year THE KINGS History Cycle. Glynis Leyshon returns to direct FALSTAFF, an exciting new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, I & II by Errol Durbach. Playing in repertory with Falstaff is the powerful historical drama HENRY V directed by the ever-imaginative Meg Roe.

In Much Ado About Nothing, merry plots and malevolent deception abound before one of Shakespeare’s most famous comic constables saves the day. Passion, war and betrayal erupt in the rich romantic tragedy Antony and Cleopatra when Mark Antony must choose between duty and desire.  Falstaff follows the antics of the young Prince Hal who is led astray by the roguish knight Sir John Falstaff, while King Henry IV fights an unforgettable struggle for the heart and mind of his son, the future Henry V.  Continuing the history series, Henry V follows the young king from his recent ascent to the throne through his maturity into a leader able to rally his “band of brothers” to win against impossible odds.

Run dates and Special Events are as follows:
Much Ado About Nothing – June 3 to September 25 (Mainstage tent)
Antony and Cleopatra – June 16 to September 24 (Mainstage tent)
Falstaff (Henry IV, I & II) – July 1 to September 22 (Studio Stage tent)
Henry V  – July 14 to September 24 (Studio Stage tent)
Bard Explored: Lecture Series – SFU’s Dr. Paul Budra gives insight into each play: June 26, July 17, Aug 7 & 14
Forum: Shakespeare at War – Dr. Budra & Education Dir. Mary Harman examine this theme in the 2010 plays: July 12
Bard-B-Q & Fireworks – Play plus salmon barbecue & fireworks viewing: July 21, 24, 28, 31
Celebrating Red & White – Play plus Wine Tasting either before or after the show: August 14
Opera & Arias: La Bohème – UBC Opera Ensemble & members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra: Aug. 30 & Sept. 6

Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare company, Bard on the Beach presents its festival in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. The productions are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays. Evening curtain is at 8:00 pm, except Sunday evenings and from September 8 on, when curtain moves earlier to 7:00 pm. Matinees are scheduled on selected weekends and weekdays.

Play ticket prices include taxes and reflect the introduction of the HST. Shows in June are $35.50 (evenings) and $18.75 to $29.50 (previews & matinees). Shows July 1st to September 25 are $38.00 (evenings) and $20.00 to $31.50 (previews & matinees). Prices for Special Events can be found on the Bard website. Tickets go on sale March 15. Advance booking is recommended as many performances sell out in advance.

The performance schedule and information can be found on the Bard website at  For more information and tickets, call 604-739-0559 or toll free at 1-877-739-0559, or order on-line through the website.

Bard on the Beach gratefully acknowledges its corporate sponsors: RE/MAX, Starbucks, Calona Vineyards Artist Series, Whistler Beer, Emelle’s Catering, and Rogers Chocolates. Media sponsors are The Vancouver Sun and Global Television. Bard also thanks the City of Vancouver Cultural Services Department, the Province of British Columbia, and the BC Arts Council for their support.

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