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Bard on the Beach Contest

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 — 9:00am PDT
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Update: This contest has been completed but I have another for the Comedy of Errors over at this link until June 24, 2009.

Over the last 20 years Bard on the Beach been a fantastic part of summer in Vancouver as it combines a night of Shakespearean theatre with gorgeous mountain views as a backdrop over in Vanier Park.

Photo credit: MandyJ on Flickr

Bard on the Beach is a not-for-profit Shakespeare Festival that runs from June until September in a 520-seat mainstage tent. This years productions include Othello, The Comedy of Errors, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Richard II.

The festival also features special events such as the Bard-B-Q, an evening performance combined with a dining experience and prime seats for the Celebration of Light Fireworks.

To celebrate the return of Bard on the Beach for this milestone year, I have a pair of tickets to give away for Othello on Saturday June 6th, 2009. If you would like to attend simply leave a comment or re-tweet this post.

Update: I have decided to sweeten the deal (not that I needed to as Vancouver obviously loves its Bard on the Beach) but I’m also offering a pre-show dining experience for the lucky winner. The winner and their guest will be able to spend $100 at Cafe Il Nido downtown before heading out for a night of theatre under the tents at Bard on the Beach. Simply leave a comment or re-tweet this post to be entered to win this amazing night on the town.

Contest winner will be chosen at random May 27th, 2009

The winner has been drawn, you can check out the announcement video here

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  1. Mehnaz says:

    I love shakespeare ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hmm lets see, I like Shakespeare, I enjoy theatre, and I really love the beach. I’ve been meaning to check Bard on the Beach for years now.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to this, I love shakespeare.

  4. daveo says:

    Oh pick me pick me! It’s a Vancouver event I’ve wanted to attend for years but never forked out the bread. Pick me ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nicole says:

    Bard on the Beach is such a great event! Would love to go!

  6. Nate Elliott says:

    Sure, Shakespeare’s great. But mainly I’ve got a thing for really big tents.

  7. Oh Bard on the Beach! This will be my first summer in Vancouver- what a great introduction to a newbie Vancouver-ite!

  8. Jer says:

    I would love to go to Bard on the Beach! Never been but have heard great things about it. Thanks for the entry ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Othello is my favourite Shakespeare play so I would LOVE to go see it.

  10. Tyler says:

    Sweet would love to see another play at Bard on the Beach! I saw Upon A Midsummer’s Night like 4+ years ago.

  11. Gwen says:

    I could use a night of Shakespeare.

  12. Alex says:

    It would be a nice experience to watch this play under a tent.

  13. luc says:

    Never been to one and it’s time I do!

  14. Michael Kwan says:

    I’ve only been to Bard on the Beach once and it was for a Bard-B-Que. Love it!

  15. TheQuack says:

    Ooh! Pick me! PICK ME! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. LHJ says:

    Would Love Win…Come on big tix!!!

  17. Pattiez says:

    Can’t wait for another year of Bard! =)

  18. Phoebe says:

    I’ve been to Bard on the Beach pretty much every single year in high school. Even though it’s no longer a mandatory trip, I’ve grown so fond of the festival. The actors are amazing and the directors always bring something new to the table. My English teacher actually volunteers there!

  19. Libby says:

    Ooh, I love Bard, but have missed it the last few years. I have always wanted to see Othello!

  20. Kirby says:

    Me too! Date-night with me-wifey (oops; that’s chaucer).

  21. Mom604 says:

    In “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Henry Baskerville receives a menacing note warning him “As you value your life or your reason, keep away from the moor!” Upon first reading that, I thought the author of the note was cautioning him not to see “Othello”.

  22. Don Foran says:

    This is some minx’s token, and I must take out the work? รขโ‚ฌยฆ Bianca, “Othello”

  23. Rob says:

    Count me in! One event I look forward to every summer!

  24. Beth says:

    Little know fact: I did a minor in Drama at university. I even took a course called “Acting Shakespeare,” in which I played Desdemona in the scene where she gets killed! My acting partner and I used to rehearse outside, which we always referred to as “doing Shakespeare in the paaaark” So, clearly, I shoud win those tickets.

    Also, my favourite lines from Othello include “happiness to your sheets” and “making the beast with two backs.”

  25. Joline says:

    Hey Becky! Awesome blog – I’m inspired by your dedication ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to win tix to the Bard. I’ve never seen Othello live and I’ve always wanted to!

  26. Andrew says:

    Hey Rebecca… thanks for the Bard heads up.

    Two tickets as an anniversary gift would make me a very lucky husband. My most wonderful wife would love to see Bard on the Beach!

  27. Chris says:

    Looking forward to the Bard.

  28. Rachel says:

    ah yes, shakespeare plays.
    can’t get any better than that.

  29. Kevin says:

    Oh I’d love to go!

  30. Kater says:

    I love Bard on the Beach – the tent, the atmosphere, and of course the plays.

  31. maria b says:

    I would love to win!

  32. Cathy says:

    I would love to go to Bard on the Beach. I’m new to Vancouver and didn’t get a chance to go last year!

  33. Marie says:

    I’d love to see BotB too!

  34. Aidan says:

    What an awesome contest! I always love heading to Bard every year, well most every year. I did not go last year.

    *fingers are crossed* I want to win!

  35. Jen B says:

    This is one event that I have never been to, but would love the chance to go!

  36. Andy says:

    Comment! Bard is great.

  37. CSET says:

    Would love to go!

  38. David Chan says:

    Bard on the Beach is great, and free things too! I know someone who’d love to go see Othello if I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Wendy weir says:

    mmm Bard on the Beach and dinner – sounds like a perfect summer’s night in Vancouver. would love to go to othello – and dinner at Il Nido too…thanks for the opportunity

  40. Lori says:

    Went last year for the first time and loved it! Great Vancouver tradition ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Karen says:

    This will be my fourth summer living in Vancouver and I’ve yet to see Bard on the Beach. Perhaps this summer I’ll be able to break that streak.

    We used to go to a similar event in Halifax, called Shakespeare by the Sea, and always had a great time.

  42. David says:

    My wife would love to go Back to the Bard!

  43. Gary says:

    I would love to go to Bard on the Beach!!!

  44. oct says:

    i’ve never been to a show…would love to check it out!

  45. meeelissa says:

    someone would love me for it and I would love you and it… and… just lots of love overall, hahaha! great blog and hope your summer is going nicely!!!

  46. Michelle says:

    Just stumbled upon your website this weekend-so glad I did…. It is now in my favorites!! I have always wanted to go to the Bard, but always forget that it is on until it is over…… maybe this year will be my year-thanks to you!? Keep up the wonderful work.

  47. Brianna says:

    I moved to Vancouver four years ago from Saskatchewan and look forward to Bard on the Beach every summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Emma says:

    I’m new to Vancouver and would love to check out Bard no the Beach!

  49. Chris says:

    For all the years that I have driven along the Burrard St. Bridge and looked at the tents, I have yet to actually go and see Bard on the Beach. Go figure. I’m thinking I really should get down there this year.

  50. David Morton says:

    I really hope it’s me that wins the tix, but good luck to every one else! Shakespeare is always such a treat! (fingers crossed!)

  51. Josh says:

    I would love to see Othello or The Comedy of Errors! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Loren says:

    I’ve seen a Bard on the Beach production exactly once – loved it. I was in my teens, so that must have been a few years back. Still remember walking from the West End Hostel over the bridge and the tents and the light and the night. It was magical.

  53. Matt D says:

    There’s very little that can compare with Shakespeare in a tent on a warm Vancouver evening.

  54. BlissfulGirl says:

    very cool prize pack … I’ve never been to Bard on the Beach but would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Kit says:

    I have read and heard amazing reviews of Bard on the Beach but have never been to a show personally. I think it is a great Vancouver summer tradition and would definitely love to check it out. Hopefully, you haven’t picked a winner yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Dave says:

    We’d love to go! Never heard of it until now ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. jk says:

    love the bard and hope I win!

  58. Tracy says:

    Oh please please please! I’m not from Vancouver, but I’m there that weekend and Othello is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I’m from Winnipeg and I go to all of our Shakespeare in the Ruins, and as wonderful as they are, Bard would be just amazing.

  59. Victor Tang says:

    although i’ve been living in vancouver forever, this would be my first bard on the beach experience… granted i win! big money big money!

  60. Lynnette says:

    We love the Bard on the Beach! We look forward to the unique and high quality interpretations of Shakespeare’s classics each summer.

  61. Bradley says:

    I’m the king of contests,
    there is none higher,
    you other losers will
    be calling me ‘sire’

  62. Jemmen says:

    Would love to go! 5 years in Vancouver and I’ve never been to Bard ๐Ÿ™

  63. Kirsten 6oz says:

    oh me! Me! This would be amaaazing

  64. Vinny in Vancouver says:

    Thanks for the contest. If I win, the first thing I’ll do is say “thank you very much”. Then, I’ll make sure to let you know how it goes.

  65. Julie O-C says:

    I need to win this one ’cause: 1, I’ve been an Il Nido fan since it opened way back when, and 2, I could take my student daughter who loves Bard but can’t afford to buy herself tix!

  66. Heather says:

    Shakespeare on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park…is there anything more spectacular than that?

  67. Julie O-C says:

    No, wait, I’ll change my answer: I’ll take my long-lost MUSSOC pal Don if I win…

  68. Amelia says:

    I would love to go to Bard this summer!

  69. Annemarie says:

    When I was in university I used to volunteer for Bard on the Beach. I even have a huge sweatshirt I still love from those days. There’s something so quintessentially Vancouver about Bard on the Beach, but I’ve never gone with my (actor) hubby – it would be a lovely summer treat. Too bad the prize doesn’t include babysitting *grin*

  70. Christa says:

    Wow…my sister thinks she’s going to win but I know better! LOL. Great contest, and GREAT blog, Miss 604!

  71. Fiona says:

    Would love this, for my theatrical daughter!

  72. Marda-Mischa says:

    This will be my third summer living in Vancouver – and I’m hoping the first time I get to see Bard on the Beach!

  73. Graham says:

    Sounds awesome!

  74. Jean Smith says:

    Bard on the Beach is a great Vancouver summer experience! I’d love to do it again.

  75. Duncan says:

    Great contest. I have got my fingers crossed, because that sounds like the perfect evening in Vancouver!

  76. […] the end of this week (after I do my Bard on the Beach + dinner contest draw) I’ll be covering our trip to San Francisco and including several posts from the […]

  77. Eileen McKee says:

    Never win anything, but I’ll keep on trying.


  78. Jon Jennings says:

    A great contest! Good luck everybody.

  79. I’d like to enter. I’ve been a Shakespeare fan ever since I was lucky enough to catch The Tempest at The Globe in London during a trip when I was 17. Vanessa Redgrave played Prospero.

    I studied Othello for a Drama & the Novel course at UVic during undergrad, but I haven’t actually seen the play, so I think it would be fun.

  80. Jeremy Knight says:

    once more unto the breach, dear friends…

  81. Aidan says:

    *fingers crossed* Bard on the Beach is always so much fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Allen says:

    New to Vancouver – would love to win!

  83. Jessica says:

    I’ve lived in Vancouver / Burnaby my entire life and I have *never* been to Bard on the Beach!

  84. Linda Book says:

    Two tickets to Bard on the Beach and money for dinner too:) Would be a great 19th Birthday (June 10) treat for our daughter who has just finished a busy 1st year up at SFU Business and is now working to help pay for her 2nd year.

  85. Sean Fenzl says:

    I’d love to throw my name in the basket… last year I really screwed up and missed getting tickets for me & my lady (who happens to be a Highschool English Teacher and LOVES LOVES LOVES Shakespeare!)

    Hope I’m not too late! =) =)

  86. Jenn says:

    Never been and have heard all about it! What a wonderful night out it would be!

  87. I have always wanted to go to Bard on the Beach.

  88. Dilara says:

    One of the highlights of my summer!

  89. helen says:

    Fantastic! Would love to win!

  90. OLMMark says:

    Ooooh … I’d love to win this!

    Thanks for the contest Rebecca!

  91. Chris says:

    Here’s my comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Monica says:

    How do you get such AMAZING packages to just give away!?! I am so jealous! I’m entering and tweeting! Thanks Rebecca!

  93. Josh Lavoie says:

    Officially a comment. Just in the nick of time. Please pick me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Miranda says:

    Yes yes yes! Me me me!

  95. Janice says:

    Me please and thanks!

  96. Dougall says:

    Bard on the Beach is great! If I could download it illegally from home I would. But alas, I must venture out of my fishbowl each summer to enjoy the theatre.

  97. Miss604 says:

    The contest is now closed — I’ll be writing an update post to announce the winner shortly.

  98. […] the last few weeks I have been running a contest, on my site and on Twitter, to win tickets to Bard on the Beach along with a pre-show dining […]

  99. Juan Carlos says:

    I just went to see Bard on the Beach’s Othello. It was an excellent play. Very good actors in a minimalist stage that allows you to focus in what is happening in the story.

    I loved how the actors played the different characters like Othello, Iago, Desdemona and Roderigo, but I definitely was amazed by Jennifer Lines, the actress who played Emilia, Iago’s wife. Such a great role.

  100. Ann says:

    Count me in. Bard on the Beach is my fave venue in the city.

  101. […] my first Bard on the Beach contest was such a smashing success, I’ve teamed up with them once again to offer a special afternoon […]

  102. What an amazing venue for those addicted to the Bard! Should I find a way to head north this summer I’ll add this to my must see list!

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