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“Long live the Bard”

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 30 July 2014

If you are in Vancouver when Bard on the Beach is on, don't miss it. For those who have forgotten how much they liked Shakespeare, this will remind you. For those new to the Bard, this is a great introduction. The setting is amazing. See something in the big tent! Bravo to all the performers in The Tempest! -- Take the 44 bus from near Canada Place and get off after you cross the bridge

1  Thank Pam R
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

The setting overlooking the bike paths and oceanfront through the open stage is breathtaking. The play's the thing . . . .

1  Thank Marty D
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We saw "Midsummer Night's Dream" last night at Bard on the Beach, and it was a terrific night out. The theatre space, which opens up behind the stage to frame trees and sunset, was magical. The performance was pacey, punky and absorbing, with a largely youthful and wholly energetic cast ensuring that there was plenty of entertainment to be had, from the poetry and from their own performances. The atmosphere at Bard on the Beach is great, and if you're spending a couple of nights or more in Vancouver, it should be at the top of your must-do list for evening entertainment.

Thank PJD2909
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We have been going to Bard on the Beach at least once a year for over 7 years. The performances have always been outstanding and being at a Shakespearean play with the Vancouver water in the background of the stage is magical.

With their enhancements a few years ago of reserving seats it just got better!

Not to be missed for people who live close by and for visitors. Truly a Vancouver Treasure!

Thank LMLSTravel
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We had our first trip to Bard On The Beach a few weeks ago. As Shakespeare fans, we were very glad to visit Bard On The Beach and were glad we went. Our overall assessment of the theatre was that the nostalgic setting of theatre under tents makes for a good photo, but it is inferior to the quality of the performances.

Most importantly, the quality of the productions we saw were impressive. Though not as sparkling as other regional theaters such as Stratford or the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the two Bard On The Beach productions we saw -- The Tempest and Cymbeline -- were well acted, imaginative, and especially well-directed. If you drive to Bard On The Beach, it is fairly accessible. If you are looking to use mass transit, such as Vancouver's bus system, to get there, it is doable but a little on the inconvenient side.

The most notable drawback of Bard On the Beach is that its facilities do not match the quality of its performances. For instance, the bathrooms there are Port-A-Potties. In the large Main Stage theatre, chairs are actually connected so that if one person in a row moves or fidgets, it shakes the chairs around him/her. Airplanes flying overhead are loud and frequently interfere with one's ability to hear the language coming from the stage.

The tickets are very, very reasonably priced. For my money, though, I would be glad to pay $20 more per ticket if it would help the company elevate the quality of its physical facilities. Bard On The Beach does really good work and puts together a really good product. When its physical property is upgraded, I think theatre-goers will be in for a genuine treat. On balance, I would encourage any Shakespeare fan to visit Bard on the Beach at least once, though I would caution them to be aware that their surroundings will not be as glamorous as other theatre experiences.

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