Bard on the Beach 2013 Season: Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Elizabeth Rex

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Summer in Vancouver means warm strolls at sunset on the sea wall, fireworks in the sky, and Bard on the Beach. The annual festival under the iconic red and white tents at Vanier Park has recently released their 2013 season line-up and tickets will go on sale Monday, April 8th. This is the 24th season of the summer festival which will run from June 12th to September 14th, 2013.

Bard on the Beach

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night brings romance and intrigue, as everyone at Europe’s What You Will Hotel and Spa seems to be falling in love with wrong person.”
Directed by: Dennis Garnhum
Location: BMO Main Stage
Run Dates: June 12th to September 14th
Opening Night: Wednesday, June 26, 2013


“In the great tragedy Hamlet, a troubled young man tries to make sense of a modern-day world where power still corrupts absolutely.”
Directed by: Kim Collier
Location: BMO Main Stage
Run Dates: June 13th to September 12th
Opening Night: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Measure for Measure

Measure For Measure is set in early-1900s New Orleans, and live jazz plays a featured role.”
Directed by: John Murphy
Location: Studio Stage
Run Dates: July 3rd to September 13th
Opening Night: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Elizabeth Rex

“In Elizabeth Rex the setting is Elizabethan England, as the great Queen meets up with Shakespeare’s acting company the night before her traitorous lover is due to be executed.”
Directed by: Rachel Ditor
Location: Studio Stage
Run Dates: July 5th to September 11th
Opening Night: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Special Events

Special events include the Bard Explored Lecture Series (July 15th & 29th, August 12th & 19th); Bard Explored Shakespeare’s Rebel (book launch and sword fight event July 22nd); Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (play plus sit-down salmon barbecue & fireworks viewing July 27th & 31st, August 3rd); Celebrating Red & White (wine tasting following the matinee performances and before the evening shows August 17th); Viva Verdi! Opera & Arias (UBC Opera Ensemble & members of Vancouver Opera Orchestra, hosted by Christopher Gaze August 26th & September 2nd).

Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare company. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays with evening curtain at 8:00pm, except Sunday evenings and from September 4th onward, when curtain time is an hour earlier at 7pm. Matinees are presented on selected weekends and weekdays.


Ticket prices include all fees & taxes and are $43 (evenings) and $25 to $30 (previews, matinees and long weekend evenings) with a $25 Youth Rate (6-25 years, all performances). Early bird pricing offers a $40 regular adult ticket to May 31st. Prices for special events, groups and multi-play ticket package discounts can be found on the Bard website. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection (all seats are reserved) and because many performances sell out in advance.

Order by phone (604) 739-0559 or 1-877-739-0559, or online, and follow @BardontheBeach on Twitter for season updates.

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  1. Emilia TurnerFriday, April 5th, 2013 — 9:06pm PDT

    Love Bard on the Beach, I do like following with the programs

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