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“Don't miss this!”

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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Clearwater, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Although we enjoy theater, we are more of a casual theater goer. This company makes Shakespeare relevant to the modern audience. While it didn't change the original plays, it was extremely creative in its presentation. We had planned to go just one evening, but loved it so much, we went back for a second time during our stay in Vancouver. The venue was beautiful, particularly the main stage. Definitely don't miss this attraction when visiting the city.

Visited July 2014
Thank Jodi L
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Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great venue - poor producers”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I had high hopes for Bard - wanted to go for years.

The small venue was great - every seat seems good. Was not crowded. Most of the actors were good. Some stood out - others made me want to walk out.

All the volunteers were excellent. Can not say enough about how helpful and happy they all were.

Price was fair for what you got. And concession prices were not bad.

The biggest disappointment was what the director/ producer did to the story and presentation. Not the actors fault, and not the venues fault. But was a real shame. Shakespeare meets Monty Python - and not in a good way. I'm not trying to be harsh, but I have honestly seen High School presentations that were more engaging and true to the story. Was such a let down that it took away from the nice surroundings.

Will try going to another presentation in future years, but a far cry from good theater.

Bathrooms were horrible. Be warned. Have to imagine it's pretty nasty to go to this event when it's raining. I would eat the cost of the ticket and do something else.

Visited August 2014
4 Thank Leavethesn0wbehind
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“One of the premiere things to do on a beautiful summer night in Vancouver”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

A quintessential Vancouver night. A picnic on the grass before the show. A glass of wine in the "lobby" area and the ushered into that amazing facility - with the stage backing onto the incredible scenery at English Bay. The plays are always fantastic - we have done this for many years and have never been disappointed. With Christopher Gaze at the helm - how can you go wrong?

Visited July 2014
Thank Durodeb
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent Production!”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I just saw The Tempest and it was excellent in every respect. The two ladies who played the traditionally male characters of Stephano and Tricula were very entertaining and all of the other actors were excellent as well - especially Ariel and Caliban. This was a matinee on fireworks night with a BBQ dinner included (which was excellent), but I would go on a regular night next time since the traffic and crowds were horrendous. It would be a good idea for Bard on the Beach to have traffic control people around the area to assist with the parking lot exits. Also, the washroom facilities could use a bit of an upgrade from portable toilets, but I understand that this is a seasonal production.

Visited July 2014
Thank Peter M
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Long live the Bard”
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

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Pam R
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