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Bard on the Beach: Much Ado About Nothing

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 — 1:32pm PDT
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Bard on the Beach has returned this summer to once again present top-notch performances in Vancouver’s most stunning setting. Starting June 12, Much Ado About Nothing will take to the main stage to open up the season.

Bard on the Beach

Romance and matchmaking abound when the men return victorious from war. While friends devise merry plots to trick the fiercely independent Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their love for each other, Hero and Claudio make idealistic wedding plans. Into this world of courtship, light-hearted mischief and wit, Shakespeare places Don John, a “plain-dealing villain.” Isolated from the fun, he is determined to destroy it. Relieving tensions are the hilarious constable and his watch and, in the end, it is bumbling Constable Dogberry who saves the day…

I have two reserved-seat tickets for the 8:00pm performance on Saturday June 26th to give away. My winner will also receive a picnic meal for two from Emelle’s (official caterer of Bard on the Beach) and a prize pack from the Bard on the Beach gift shop.

Here’s how you can enter to win this prize:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • Enter to win tix to @BardontheBeach + a picnic lunch & prize pack from @Miss604

    I will draw the winner Friday June 18th, 2010.

    The 2010 Bard on the Beach season includes: Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Falstaff (Henry IV, I & II), Henry V, and Operas and Arias with La Boheme.

    Update June 11, 2010 I interviewed Artistic Director Christopher Gaze this morning for TVWeek Online.

    Update June 18, 2010 I have drawn the winner at random and it is Diane, congratulations and have a great time!

    Current contests on


    1. S. Field says:

      A summer evening at Bard on the Beach is one of the great Vancouver experiences – watching the sun set as the stage’s backdrop is a wonder. Hope to win.

    2. Stacy says:

      Would love to win tickets to Bard! One of my favorite summertime things to do!!

    3. Michelle says:

      oh yes please!

    4. caroline says:

      One of my favourite Bard plays. I am glad they are producing it this year! Guilty pleasure: the Kenneth & Emma film version on cold rainy days like today.

    5. Angie Schick says:

      Consider me entered! Sounds great and I love Bard on the Beach.

    6. Hi,

      I’d like to win this amazing bard on the beach prize!
      My sister is coming to visit from Ontario and she’s never been exposed to the fine arts; I would love to take her to one of the Bard’s plays when she comes this summer. It’d be such a wonderful treat for a sixteen year old.


    7. Chloe says:

      What a great way to spend a summer evening. 😉

    8. Bo says:

      Sweet! It isn’t summer without Bard. We always make sure to catch at least one performance. Two is better! Last year’s Othello was spectacular. And love Christopher!
      (Throw in an Emelle’s picnic and I would call that Much Ado About Sumething!)

    9. Babs says:

      Always wanted to go!

    10. Jan says:

      I’ve never attended Bard on the Beach. Would love to get a chance to go this year.

    11. Carla says:

      What a lovely experience to enjoy a summer evening watching Bard on the Beach “Much Ado About Nothing” with a friend or love one, in one of the most beautiful city in the world, Vancouver.

    12. Don Foran says:

      Claudio: “Can the world buy such a jewel?”
      Act I Scene i
      Much Ado About Nothing

    13. Carrie says:

      I love Bard on the Beach. It’s the best way to spend a glorious summer night in Vancouver

    14. Kristina says:

      Would love to go!!

    15. lisa says:

      What a great contest! Bard on the Beach is a summer institution in Vancouver–I’d love to win. 🙂

    16. Stefan says:

      Would love to see Bard on the Beach!

    17. Eric Wan says:

      I’m so so so excited! I’ve been to Bard On The Beach once with my school two years ago for “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and it was fantastic. We talked about the play all on the way home. I would love to attend “Much Ado About Nothing” and more plays this summer.

    18. Amy says:

      I’ve been going to Bard every year since our English 12 class went – and that was 8 years ago!

    19. Jen says:

      I would love to go! I have heard great reviews of it 🙂

    20. Jeremy says:

      Sounds like a great time, I also love the picnic idea!

    21. jewels says:

      oh a lovely sunday summer picnic, what a great date!!!

    22. Dom says:

      Yes please, thanks!

    23. Melissa says:

      This is such a cute giveaway idea! I’ve never been to Bard on the Beach but i’ve been meaning to!

    24. ashlee says:

      awesome prize…i would love to win 🙂

    25. Sharylin says:

      This would be a great way to celebrate our 9th Anniversary!

    26. Karen says:

      Always have wanted to go!

    27. ApollineR says:

      I’d love to see it

    28. Vivian says:

      Awesome! My sister is just learning about Shakespeare in school so I would definitely bring her!

    29. Veronica says:

      Wow – I would love to see this one!

    30. Kym says:

      been wanting to go for a while now… pls count me in! 😀

    31. Amanda R says:

      I’m excited, Much Ado has got to be the best feel-good Shakespeare. I’ll be buying tickets anyway if I don’t win. Got to love Beatrice and Benedict.

    32. Jesselyne says:

      A romantic picnic, Bard on the Beach date? Sounds like the perfect date! Would love to go!

    33. Sean Wilson says:

      I’ll probably be going anyway, love Bard on the Beach. Tickets and a lunch provided though, most excellent!

    34. Karen says:

      I’d love to win this to see with my boyfriend!

    35. Christe says:

      Yes please!

    36. LB says:

      Oh – I haven’t been to Bard in ages!

    37. Sandra N says:

      Yes please !

    38. Jeff says:

      Never been to a show but would like to. I’ve read a lot about it.

    39. Mary Moltman says:

      Pick me! Pick me! Would loooove to go!

    40. Siobhan says:

      An evening at Bard on the Beach – with a picnic, even!! – sounds fabulous.

    41. Tricia says:

      ooo the picnic’s a nice touch! 😀

    42. Dee says:

      The evening sounds amazing!

    43. Diane says:

      This is my favourite Bard play, would love to see it live!

    44. Ray Miller says:

      I am looking forward to seeing all of the Bard on the Beach performances this summer. Thanks for running this contest.


    45. Annie says:

      Friends, Vancouverites, city people, lend me your ears. Bard on the Beach has come to Vancouver, and all are guaranteed a spectacular time!

      What a great giveaway. Thanks!

    46. Tia Singh says:

      Oooh I’ve never been, would love to win these tix! Thanks! @TiaSparkles

    47. Rob says:

      Would love a chance to see my first BotB!

    48. Trudy says:

      I have always wanted to see a Bard on The Beach show even though I work in the theatre industry in Vancouver…I haven’t yet.
      I really would love to win the chance to attend this amazing event.

    49. acey says:

      all these years of living in vancouver and i’ve never attended… it’s about time i went!

    50. lori says:

      Entered & would love to win 😀

    51. Peter vT ~ @PvT says:

      Magical – A backdrop totally unique to Vancouver.

    52. Susan Masters says:

      I lived in Vancouver for over 30 years, work in Kits and have never made it to a preformance of Bard on the Beach! I would really lve to change that especially after reading your write up.

    53. Tracy says:

      Already got my tickets for Antony and Cleopatra! Would love to see Much Ado About Nothing as well.

    54. FMC says:

      Miss 604 you have the best blog and greatest giveaways. Thanks! I would love to go to the Bard on the Beach.

    55. Sharon Dong says:

      What a way to make my first experience going to Bard on the Beach by winning this awesome giveaway….:))

    56. Jeanie says:

      Would love to go.

    57. Maria says:

      I hear this is nothing like high school Shakespeare! I’d love to attend a show.

    58. Lilia says:

      Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

    59. David says:

      Forsooth, I would make much ado if I were selected as the lucky commenter.

    60. Brenda says:

      I have only been once before but always wanted to go again. Loved it!!

    61. Linda says:

      Great! I’ve wanted to try this and we were actually considering buying tickets this weekend. Though It would be real fun to win this giveaway- with the lovely picnic and all.

    62. DrSharon says:

      Would love to attend this!

    63. patti millard says:

      Heard lots about it, can’t wait to win it!

    64. Kelly says:

      I’ve never been to bard on the beach.

    65. Sherry says:

      Maybe summer will finally start in Vancouver when Bard on the Beach opens! Hope you pick me for this fab contest.

    66. Devon says:

      Was just looking at the schedule the other night… and I do love picnics, by which I mean that I do love food…

    67. Ed says:

      Would be great to win

    68. Joyce says:

      Bard on the Beach is a must for me every summer and it would be great to get to go for free!

    69. Beth says:

      Going to see a Bard on the Beach performance is on my 101 things to do list! I totally want to win this one!

    70. Maggie says:

      What a fabulous contest! I’ve never been to Bard on the Beach, so winning this would be a good opportunity for me to see what it’s all about!

    71. Crystal says:

      I’ve never been to Bard on the Beach, I’ve never been able to convince anyone to go!

    72. Taylor says:

      i love shakespeare!

      english lit at its finest.

    73. Asha says:

      Bard is going to rock this summer, I saw a midsummers night’s dream a couple
      of years back and it was hilarious!

    74. Tyler says:

      Gotta add myself into this. Last Bard on the Beach play I saw was many moons ago; A Midsummer’s Night Dream (or whatever lol)

    75. Grant says:

      We saw Bard on the Beach a few years ago and were smitten. We’d love to go again!

    76. Stephanie says:

      Shakespeare, beach-side setting, picnic… what’s not to love? Christopher Gaze and co do a top job.

    77. izikavazo says:

      Nice contest. (Hopefully the weather is better before then.)

    78. Cadi says:

      Yes Please Yes Please Yes Please!

    79. Tyler says:

      I have heard from many friends that Bard’s is lot’s of fun, but for some reason I keep forgetting to go. This summer I am going to make it happen.

    80. Aaron says:

      Much Ado is one of my favorite plays, with midsummer being my all favorite!

    81. Kyla says:

      oooooh, contest! I’ve STILL never seen Bard on the Beach, although I always plan to go & I do love my Shakespeare!

    82. Leigh says:

      would love to win this
      i love summer!

    83. Pat Cumming says:

      Nothing says summer in Vancouver like Bard on the Beach.

    84. Kelly H says:

      Great event to go to. Hope its me!

    85. Erin says:

      Looking forward to Bard.

    86. tracey says:

      I have never been to Bard on the Beach and my husband’s birthday is on June 25…what a great treat this would be.

    87. Deborah Chatterton says:

      I love Bard on the Beach – I bet Shakespeare would have loved, too. And I’m looking forward to hearing you speak at the CPRS AGM on June 23. Thanks for posting such a great contest!

    88. Ceci says:

      Haven’t been to Bard but would love to go!

    89. Erin H says:

      Sign me up!

    90. Tina says:

      I’ve never been to Bard,but I’d looooooove to go!

    91. Miranda says:

      It’s that time of the year—- Bard on the Beach!

    92. Caryn says:

      Would love the picnic lunch with the tickets! Bard is fabulous.

    93. Timmy Wong says:

      I’d definitely love a pair of tickets to Bard on the beach – went to a performance 8 years ago and have been doing so since!

    94. Jodi says:

      would love to go!

    95. Sarah A says:

      fortune’s fool should win those tix…aka me!

    96. Rachel says:

      This is an awesome contest!!

    97. Mary says:

      never been! would love to go!

    98. h cruz says:

      Is this the “hey nonny nonny” play? If so I hope I win 😉

    99. Cassie says:

      A great way to start the summer!

    100. Alison says:

      One of my favourites…

    101. FuzzyDave says:

      Never been and would love to go!

    102. Stephanie S says:

      Beach and Picnic, Yes Please!

    103. Teresa says:

      Much Ado About Nothing is my favourite Shakespeare play. Loved the movie recently done too.

    104. Ryan M says:

      Would LOVE this opportunity 🙂

    105. Emma says:

      Oh! Much Ado is my favourite Shakespeare play!

    106. joan says:

      never been and would love to go. it is on my bucket list!

    107. Nicola says:

      Pick me! Pick me!

    108. Tom says:

      Love to see Bard. Thanks for the opportunity.

    109. Kristina says:

      Would love to go!!! What a great opportunity.

    110. Leanna says:

      I will be “horribly in love” with this contest. hurray!

    111. Richard says:

      Sounds like a wonderful thing to experience.

    112. Chris says:

      Some of my friends watched a dress rehearsal of Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday and said it was really funny.

    113. Teresa says:

      I would like to go.

    114. Veronica says:

      Would love to go to this…

    115. Janet says:

      Bard on the Beach is awesome!

    116. samaah says:

      this would be awesome 🙂 could treat my rents….ill pretend they deserve it 😛 jk

    117. Steph :) says:

      I have never been but would like to see it. Thanks!

    118. Rachael says:

      Bard on the Beach is on my list of things to do this summer. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    119. JoDee says:

      Look forward to going every year!

    120. Julien says:

      I’ve never been to see Bard before, but Much Ado is my favourite Shakespeare play. I’d love to win the prize. Thank you.

    121. Chris says:

      This is the perfect way to spend a summer evening in Vancouver.

    122. Veronica R says:

      The best! The Sun just publish quite a good review about it!

    123. Janice says:

      One of my favourite plays!

    124. Philip says:

      I could use a comedy this summer!

    125. Leigh says:

      I was just looking at what show to go see earlier this afternoon. I would love to win this contest!

    126. Nicole says:

      what a great giveaway!

    127. Gloria says:

      Would love to see the Bard… on the beach!

    128. Akemi says:

      Would love to go to this!

    129. SugarMama says:

      Christopher Gaze is the hottest bard! Saw him this morning on the news!

    130. Marilou says:

      I would love to win this. Have always wanted to see a play at the Bard for a very long time but for some reason never get to go.

    131. Mimi says:

      I’ve gone to Bard for the past few years, and have been impressed every single time. Thanks for putting on this contest!

    132. Katie says:

      Would be very exciting to get to go. Thanks

    133. RB says:

      Oh yes please.

    134. Shivani S says:

      Love Bard on the Beach! Hope I win, and thanks for having all these great contests! 🙂

    135. Nicole says:

      Would love this!! Crossing my fingers!

    136. Amanda says:

      “When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married.” – Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing

      My favorite Shakespearean Comedy!

    137. Xing says:

      A good contest!

    138. Jamie says:

      though I am old yet I am strong and lusty

    139. Jason C says:

      Bard on the Beach = summer in Vancouver. LOVE Bard.

    140. Johnathan says:

      I haven’t been there in several years. I hope the weather is good for this event.

    141. Fa says:

      How I would love this, that would be my only opportunity to go to Bard on the beach before flying home!

    142. Akaisha says:

      Great date idea! I would love to surprise my hubby with a picnic and some shakespeare

    143. dippergirl says:

      A perfect way to enjoy the beautiful city.

    144. Sanaz says:

      Awesome contest, would love to win this:)

    145. JP says:

      I like BotB!

    146. Dilara says:

      It’s just not a summer in Vancouver without Bard on the Beach!

    147. E. Tang says:

      I love driving over the Burrard Street bridge and seeing the white tents. I always associate Bard with the start of summer.

    148. Christine says:

      Great giveaway! i would love this!!

    149. aylo says:

      I like BOTB.

    150. aria says:

      A Vancouver summer tradition.

    151. rose says:

      Haven’t been to show ever. Would love to go this year

    152. pete says:

      What a setting for Shakespear play…

    153. ying says:

      My daughter and I would enjoy this.

    154. ari says:

      How romantic.

    155. PLO says:

      Definitely a date activity.

    156. CKL says:

      Good luck to me.

    157. Donna says:

      The Vancouver skyline is such a gorgeous backdrop to Bard on the Beach. The twilight performances are the best with the sunsets!

      Many people are intimidated by Shakespearean English but after about 10 minutes you don’t even notice the “accents” anymore!

      Much Ado About Nothing is a must do!

    158. Amanda Spear says:

      I love picnics with a bit of drama on the side!

    159. Belinda says:

      Never been to Bard on the beach.

    160. trish says:

      never been to one of these shows! would be awesome to go this year.

    161. Peter says:

      Quintessential Vancouver…Bard on the Beach and an English Bay sunset. I’ll take those tickets now (in anticipation of a sunset)

    162. Alexis says:

      Ooh, consider me entered. Will tweet about it too. I so love Bard on the Beach, yet manage to miss it almost every summer. One year we bought tickets and got the dates mixed up and showed up on the wrong day. So lame. 🙂

    163. Areta says:

      Here is my entry.

    164. Crystal says:

      Pick Me!!! 🙂

    165. Art Buffie says:

      This is awesome…I’d love to win this!

    166. Shannon says:

      Would love to go! Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favorites. Best line: Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

    167. Art Buffie says:

      I’ve never been but heard that it’s great…please enter me in the draw.

    168. Niamh says:

      I’d love to go!

    169. kaelin says:

      Please enter me in the draw!

    170. john says:

      My daughter is a literature fiend and has been bugging me to go to Bard on the Beach for three years now. Would love to win some tickets for her.

    171. Andy says:

      Oooh – pick me! Pick me! 😀

    172. Alison says:

      pretty pretty please! (with a cherry on top)

    173. Rob Stocks says:

      We have been going to Bard for 15+ years and have never been disappointed. Consistently high quality and some truly exceptional moments. Midsommers watching my daughter laugh at Puck and many years ago a goosebump moment during the Tempest when Prospero stopped the storm on stage just as the rain stopped hammering the tent. You could hear a pin drop.

    174. JDG says:

      Bard on the Beach is great but I haven’t attended in years. A pair of free tickets (plus the other goodies) would definitely remedy that situation 🙂

    175. Isabel says:

      You would make Bard so special this year, please.

    176. Stephanie F says:

      I’ve been unable to see Bard in the past. Hopefully this will be the year that changes. Thanks for the chance!

    177. Monica Lippingwell says:

      We are so lucky to have Bard on the Beach in our city! Really looking forward to this season’s performances and would love some prize tix. 🙂

    178. LowSlash says:

      I would love to win tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing!

    179. The Kaz says:

      after almost two decades of attending Bard I have yet to see a bad performance …..

    180. Linda says:

      A first – What great fun it would be to have a date on a WARM summer night with Bard on the Beach

    181. Joanne says:

      Forsooth, I would love to win this prize.

    182. Nevada Yates Robart says:

      Yes Yes Yes!

    183. LBuss says:

      I’ve been going every year for the past 7 years. Can’t wait for this season!

    184. Bard Fan...a rose by any other name... says:

      Love the Bard!! Love him on the beach…love him under a tent…love him with a picnic on a warm Summer Night…! Now if only I could have the lucky 604 stars on my side…oh how what a night that would be…

    185. Aleksandra says:

      I would love free Bard tickets! Bard on the Beach is always excellent.

    186. Ian Yeung says:

      I desperately need some family time!

    187. Nyla Carpentier says:

      Looking forward to spending a lovely evening with the most fantastic man ever, the Bard.

    188. ocr says:

      love it

    189. Rob says:

      My first summer in Van, I have to start it off right with some Beach Bard!

    190. Rob says:

      Summer in Van! I have to start it off right with some Beach Bard!

    191. Shawn says:

      Much Adoooooooooooo

    192. Angelika Dawson says:

      I have been going to bard on the beach since the 1990s. Saw “Merry Wives of Windsor” with Christopher Gaze in the lead role and was hooked. We take a group of people every summer and have made some converts to Shakespeare in the process. Bard is the best thing that happens in Vancouver every summer!

    193. Graeme says:

      I would like some tickets and a picnic! Ooo pick me please!

    194. Kelsey says:

      Rock on, Bard!

    195. Jeannette says:

      I would LOVE to win this!!

    196. Darren says:

      Just moved here and would love a picnic and the Bard… I just need a date…

    197. Antonia says:

      I’ve gone to Bard every summer with my Mum for as long as I can remember. I’d love to win a picnic dinner to surprise her with! Great idea!

    198. Lucy says:

      Enter me! Just moved to BC in March and am longing for an introduction to Bard on the Beach. Even if I don’t win tickets I’ll be there…

    199. Lisa says:

      I got hooked on Bard last year… Can’t wait to go this year..

    200. Bard Fan...a rose by any other name... says:

      Ahhh me again….hoping, wishing for an evening under the magic of the Bard~~ SIGH!!

    201. Dalyce says:

      I really wanted to go to Bard on the Beach today but the show got canceled… wish i can go soon!!

    202. Melissa says:

      I have never been to the Bard, but have attended “Shakespeare in the Park” in Kelowna and just loved it! I have always wanted to attend Bard, but have not lived close enough until now… thanks for considering me!!

    203. Nazanin says:

      I really wanted to go last year, but couldn’t. Give me 2 tix this year! : ) : )

    204. John McBain says:

      Bard on The Beach is great,I go every year but havent gotten around to ordering tickets yet so I would love to win a couple of tickets.Thanks!

    205. Renata S says:

      Sigh no more, o ladies, sigh no more..!

    206. daniel says:

      I want this so badly!

    207. Carmela says:

      This is super. 😀 I hope I win the tickets. 😉

    208. Love Bard on the beach, only been once with my husband when I won a Vancouver Sun contest. I think the only way I will get back is to win again.

    209. Anieta says:

      This is going to be my first Bard on the Beach theater show.
      I’m so excited. ‘Course, I’d be even *more* excited if I won free tix to my first Bard experience.
      *fingers crossed*


    210. alisha says:

      oh yes please!

    211. Miriam says:

      If there’s anything that kindles the spirit of the performing arts in this town, it’s Bard on the Beach!

    212. Kathy says:

      Ahh…Bard on the lovely along the ocean

      A custonmer at work is one of the set decorators for Bard
      What a nice job

      Fingers crossed

    213. Mary Zinck says:

      Can’t think of a better way to spend an evening in Vancouver – hope to win!

    214. Joanne says:

      I went last year for my first time and had a wonderful time. Looking forward to going again.

    215. Jane says:

      Oooooh, have I snuck in under the wire?? I’d love to win tickets and surprise my boyfriend with a romantic picnic and evening of the bard!!

    216. Brenda says:

      I have been dying to go see Bard on the Beach, I seem to miss it every year since I go home every summer!

    217. Andrea says:

      Oooh, I do love a contest! This is my first summer back in Vancouver after many many years, so am excited about reconnecting with the Bard in our beautiful surrounds.

    218. Dan says:

      would make a great present for my wife! would be great to go!

    219. Roshena says:

      Bard is a summertime ritual!

    220. Sim says:

      Have never actually been but would love to experience it-been told it’s fantastic and a very unique experience in Vancouver!

    221. Alex Cameron says:

      Hope I’m not too late, I love Bard on the Beach and picnics!

    222. Rachel says:

      Hope this makes it in time! Love the Bard – but my man hasn’t even gone so would love to take him this summer. Thanks for the generous sharing of info in this Van City of ours.

    223. Oree says:

      My entry may be late but I am none-the-less excited about winning an an oportunity to visit Bard this summer. It is definately NOT – much ado about nothing!

    224. Lisa says:

      bard on the beach! =D

    225. Sonia says:

      Hi, It would be great to win a package for this Bard on the beach. I have promised myself this year to go and see the sights and sounds of Vancouvr this summer .. would be an awesome surprise to win … i love shakespeare and it would be a unigue experience 🙂

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