Celebrating its 29th Season in 2018, 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.
Bard on the Beach is celebrating families! Expose your kids to Shakespeare early and they’ll be hooked for life. We took our 5 & 7 year olds to last year’s Family Nights production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Prior to the performance we made sure they were familiar with the play’s plot line. The staging by Bard on the Beach made it so the kids were entertained throughout despite not understanding every word uttered. The Merry Wives of Windsor production contained loads of music, highly entertaining characters, prat falls (which delight “kids” of all ages), great costuming and riveting staging. Our boys were hooked and are truly looking forward to the 2018 production. Three Family Nights are designated for the 2018 season: June 26, July 24, and August 21. There is even family-package pricing available, you just need to call the Bard Box Office at 604-737-0625. The family-friendly production for the 2017 season is Much Ado About Nothing.
Editor’s update: We took our kids to see the Beatles’ infused version of As You Like It. Without a doubt it is our favourite Bard on the Beach production to date. While much of the Shakespearean text remained untouched in the performance, tweaks were made to the script making the production more accessible to those learning the works of the Bard. Only yesterday my kids were quoting from the play, “We must hide. Why? It’s Shakespeare”. Seriously, there are 25 Beatles tunes in the performance. If you don’t emerge with a smile on your face and a Beatles tune in your head, then we may need to check whether you have a pulse. Clearly our family wasn’t the only one who felt the production of As You Like It was exceptional. The production has been so popular it has been extended by a week, now closing on September 28th. Take your kids, enjoy a truly memorable, hilarious, and music-infused performance of As You Like It!
Bard on the Beach:
When: June 6 – September 28, 2018
Time: evening and matinee performances
Where: Vanier Park, Vancouver
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.