Bard on the Beach

The Bard on the Beach 2017 festival season debuts in June and runs through the end of September, much like it does each year. All plays that are part of the festival are featured along the shores of Vancouver’s beautiful Vanier Park, skirted by downtown and the north mountains and overlooking scenic English Bay. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Vancouver is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit festivals featuring works by Shakespeare along with many special events, Shakespeare-related dramatic performances, and outdoor concerts.

Bard on the Beach History and Facts

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Vancouver was initially established in 1990. The sole purpose was offering visitors and locals affordable access to professionally performed productions by William Shakespeare. Mainly funded from a grant by Canada Council Explorations extended to Christopher Gaze, the festival’s founder and director, Bard on the Beach is a non-profit theater company enlisting the work of more than 30 period actors every season along with a group of designers, directors, and technicians that are all aided by a group of more than 250 volunteers.

There are two stages highlighting plays during Bard: Bard on the Beach Main Stage and Bard on the Beach Douglas Campbell Stage. The first offers 520 seats and features two plays between June and September. With no solid back to the stage, each play is acted out fronting a stunning, live backdrop of mountains, sky, and sea. The Douglas Campbell stage has 240 guest seats under a large tent and is known to feature Shakespeare plays that are lesser known than his greatest works. There are additional special events at Bard on the Beach 2017, including wine tastings, a BBQ and fireworks, a lecture series on each play, and live outdoor concerts including arias and operas.

Tickets to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Vancouver

Tickets to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival Vancouver 2017 vary in price depending on which type of show is preferred. Options range from evening performances, which are the most expensive type of tickets, to matinees and previews, which are less costly. Tickets to Bard on the Beach go on sale each year around March. Since 2011, purchasing advanced tickets also means enjoying reserved seating. Though tickets cannot be refunded once purchased, they can be transferred to another play time for a small fee at least 24 hours before the performance.

Directions to Bard on the Beach

Directions to Bard on the Beach 2017 from either West or North Vancouver are straightforward. If heading in from another direction, make your point of entry from Lion’s Gate Bridge, which turns into Georgia Street. Follow Georgia West to Burrard and turn right. Continue along Burrard and over the Burrard Street Bridge. Stay in the right lane and continue on to Cornwall Avenue. Take the first right turn after Burrard Street Bridge on to Chestnut Street. If you happen to miss Chestnut, make a right at Cypress Road. Continue on to Whyte Avenue and make a right toward the Bard on the Beach venue at 1695 Whyte Avenue. Parking is available onsite for a fee.

Lodging near Bard on the Beach

Since the festival’s location is basically right in the middle of both east downtown and Kitsilano, either of these locations provides lodging near Bard on the Beach 2017. Downtown Vancouver hotels get a lot of credit for offering the benefit of excellent access to city attractions and are an easy point from which to ride public transit. There is an almost endless choice in accommodation, from luxury hotels to cheap hotels and everything in between.

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