Win Tickets to Bard on the Beach: Hamlet


Saturday, July 6th, 2013 — 9:05am PST
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Vancouver’s annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is on now until September 13th, 2013 with Hamlet and Twelfth Night in the 742-seat BMO Mainstage tent, and Elizabeth Rex and Measure For Measure on the studio stage at Vanier Park.

Bard on the Beach

Hamlet is one of my favourite Shakespearean works so John and I made a date night out of our trip to event one sunny evening. Walking around the Seawall from the West End, we hopped a False Creek Ferry across English Bay to the Maritime Museum, passing stand-up paddle boarders, sailboats, kayakers and other traffic in this busy waterway. The sun started its descent as we walked from the ferry dock across the grass at Vanier Park and over to the main entrance of Bard on the Beach.

Bard’s version of Hamlet this year, directed by Kim Collier, is set in 2013 with everything from iPads to Bluetooth document sharing — and a good sword-fight.

Hamlet is the source of some of pop culture’s most famous Shakespeare references and phrases such as “To be, or not to be”; “This above all: to thine own self be true”; “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”; “In my mind’s eye”; “A little more than kin, and less than kind”; “Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?”; and many more.

Despite some ambient noise from the bay, floatplanes overhead reminding you that you were indeed still outdoors, I was sucked into the story thanks to the convincing portrayal of Jonathon Young as Hamlet. The character is tough to master and one must avoid going too over-the-top crazy, which I think Young pulled off splendidly and catapulted him to the top of my list of favourite Hamlets.

Hamlet Bard on the Beach
Jonathon Young as Hamlet. Photo: Davie Blue.

The rest of the cast was tight, with Barbara Pollard as Hamlet’s mother Gertrude, Bill Dow as his murdering uncle Claudius, and Jennifer Lines as his old friend Horatio (I like that Horatio was played by a woman).

Rachel Cairns plays Hamlet’s sweetheart Ophelia with Richard Newman as her interfering old father Polonius, and Todd Thomson as her brother Laertes.

Duncan Fraser is Hamlet’s father’s Ghost, The Player and the First Gravedigger, while Daniel Doheny, Andrew McNee, Robert Olguin and Allan Zinyk play numerous characters including other Players of the court. Naomi Wright (another role traditionally played by a man) and Craig Erickson are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

The set is posh and sleek, and the technical timing is spot on. To top it off, the BMO Mainstage tent has comfortable seats, with cup holders, and the refreshments are reasonably priced (compared to sporting events in town).

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). 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.

Contest

Catching a show at award-winning Bard on the Beach is a truly Vancouver experience and I’d love to share it so we’re giving away a pair of tickets this summer. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post with a Shakespearean quote (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to see Hamlet at @BardontheBeach from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/mIjIB

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 11, 2013. The winner will be able to select the Hamlet performance date of their choice until September 12th (based on availability, excludes Bard-B-Q fireworks nights).

Follow Bard on the Beach Facebook and Twitter for season updates and to learn about their special events.

Update The winner is @QuipsAndTips!

Current contests on Miss604.com

158 comments

  1. Bonnie R says:

    This above all: to thine own self be true.”

  2. Colleen says:

    Great contest! thanks!

  3. Jeff says:

    But soft, what light through yonder window doth breaks?
    Why tis a free ticket, and I its winner.

  4. Juliana Lima says:

    If music be the food of love, play on.
    🙂 Thanks!

  5. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the chance to win

  6. Christine McDonald says:

    “To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub,
    For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause.” Hamlet

    Dreaming of winning some tickets!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Get thee to a nunnery!

  8. Jen says:

    “To do a great right do a little wrong.” (The Merchant of Venice)
    I would love to win – BotB has been on my “list” for years but I haven’t yet had the opportunity!

  9. Hamlet is one of my absolute favourite plays hands-down. And not only because my family’s Danish, and well, some of them very much like Hamlet himself.

  10. OH, and I can’t edit the above comment. Boo!
    Or, read instructions it seems.

    My favourite quote:
    “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”

  11. “Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    and he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with the night”

    Romeo & Juliet

    two tickets so my beloved and I may celebrate our first anniversary.
    money is tight…we are both looking for work

  12. Nicole says:

    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

    Hamlet is my favourite Shakespeare play! I haven’t managed to see Bard on the Beach yet and would love to go.

  13. Swapnil says:

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

  14. Masumi says:

    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none

  15. Eran Roubini says:

    Out dam spot. Out.

  16. Lynn Montes says:

    Doubt thou that the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love!
    “Hamlet” :)))

  17. bjh says:

    It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

  18. KinseySS says:

    “Tickle us, do we not laugh

    prick us, do we not bleed

    and wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

    -General Chang, Star Trek VI 😉

  19. Ai Ling says:

    “To be, or not to be”

  20. Vicky says:

    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
    William Shakespeare

  21. Vicky says:

    Bard on the beach is dreamy…

  22. matthew m says:

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

  23. don foran says:

    “The play’s the thing. Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Hamlet II iv

  24. Tracy K. says:

    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

  25. Katie says:

    Haven’t been yet (despite being in Vancouver for 8 years) and would love to go

  26. Ryan M says:

    “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”

  27. Eileen says:

    “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”
    ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

  28. Michelle W. says:

    To sleep, perchance to dream; Aye, there’s the rub,

  29. Debbie says:

    To be or not to be

  30. Kathleen says:

    To be or not to be…That is the question.

  31. Dayna Wilson says:

    My Lord, I have remembrances of yours that I have longed long to redeliver; I pray you now receive them.

  32. Nikki says:

    ” to be or not to be , that is the question “

  33. Rachael says:

    “I am not of that feather, to shake off my friend when he must need me” from Timon of Athens

  34. Jackie says:

    “Sweets to the sweet”. Hamlet

  35. Janice M says:

    Would love to win this!

    A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

  36. Jenn S says:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true”

  37. Janet Kong says:

    A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself a fool.

  38. Teresa Sadler says:

    ” The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” Never been to BoB but would love to go. Portia was my grade 8 character – Haha.

  39. jan says:

    O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

  40. Gary says:

    If music be the food of love, play on.

  41. Chris says:

    A personal favourite: “Give thy thoughts no tongue.” Pick me!

  42. Kenny says:

    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!

    (Hamlet)

  43. If music be the food of love, play on.

  44. Cyndi says:

    To be, or not to be
    (also later said by Luongo)

  45. Nancy says:

    If music be the food of love, play on.

  46. Linda says:

    To be or not to be. The question is will I win tickets?

  47. Richard says:

    Child Rowland to the dark tower came,
    His word was still ‘Fie, foh, and fum
    I smell the blood of a British man.

  48. Sara says:

    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.”
    (The Taming of the Shrew)

  49. Rachel says:

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players

  50. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

  51. Darcy says:

    O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

  52. Rebecca says:

    There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  53. Kelly says:

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

  54. Debra says:

    ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’

  55. katie borrett says:

    “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

  56. lor says:

    “If music be the food of love, play on.”

  57. dlee says:

    “If music be the food of love, play on!”

  58. dlee says:

    oh my goodness, just noticed that the person above me posted the same thing, that was not on purpose!!!

  59. Alex says:

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…

  60. Manjeet Bains says:

    “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar not to praise him”

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

  61. Megan says:

    Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!

  62. sh3v4 says:

    “To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – Hamlet

  63. chista says:

    “I must be cruel only to be kind.”

  64. MICHAEL says:

    good contest!

  65. Kelsey says:

    i wanna win tickets! i wanna see Bard on Beach

  66. Michelle says:

    If music be the food of love, play on!

  67. rino says:

    But soft, what light through yonder window doth breaks?

  68. Bily says:

    Here’s hoping! It will be my first bardonthebeach

  69. Bard on the Beach is the BEST Vancouver show to see every year… is an awesome experience!!!!

  70. Karen Falk says:

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

    Would love to see Bard this season!

  71. Elizabeth B says:

    We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. [The Tempest]
    Would love to see Hamlet!

  72. Mike B says:

    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” from “All’s Well That Ends Well”

  73. Victoria says:

    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.” – Taming of the Shrew

    <3

    Thanks for having this contest!!
    *crossing my fingers*

  74. Wade says:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true”. – Hamlet (Act I, Scene III).

  75. Andrea Spring says:

    To be, or not to be: that is the question.
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die; to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wished.

  76. parker says:

    “A little more than kin and less than kind.”

  77. Harjit says:

    “Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
    That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”
    ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
    Thanks for the chance to see an amazing play!
    Twitter fan@plumerea

  78. rj says:

    to be or not to be… thanks!

  79. Tracy says:

    If music be the food of love, play on.

  80. Iz says:

    I would be so awesome to have the opportunity to see this play!

  81. Elaan says:

    Macbeth does murder sleep — the innocent sleep,
    Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
    The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
    Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
    Chief nourisher in life’s feast. (Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 2)

  82. Bryan says:

    It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

  83. Arthur says:

    it [Life] is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

  84. Brenda says:

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

  85. Fatima says:

    To enter or not to enter? WHY OF COURSE TO ENTER *giddy with excitement*

  86. Jaegen says:

    Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds

  87. stacey says:

    “But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
    Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
    Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness”- A midsummers nights Dream

  88. A.J. says:

    A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

  89. KayKay says:

    to be or not to be

  90. Anne B says:

    “Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”
    ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  91. Alisha says:

    I love Bard!!! thanks for the contest =)

  92. Jen says:

    Ha! Got to love “I do desire we may be better strangers.” As You Like It (3.2.248)

  93. Greg says:

    Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.

  94. Jennifer says:

    “The quality of mercy is not strained.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”

    -Portia, The Merchant of Venice

    Would love to go to Bard on the Beach!

  95. Alisa says:

    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

  96. Dilara says:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”

  97. John D says:

    the lady doth protest too much methinks.

  98. Alyssa says:

    “Now is the winter of our discontent”

  99. Erin B says:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”

  100. Sanaz says:

    “That it should come to this!”. Hamlet quote (Act I, Scene II).

  101. cindy quach says:

    be not afeard. the isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not

  102. Shirley says:

    To be or not to be… that is the question.

  103. Eillen H says:

    “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit” Twelfth Night

  104. Amy says:

    Oh I love Hamlet!

    “To die, to sleep –
    To sleep, perchance to dream”

  105. Ruby says:

    Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice

  106. Dennis L. says:

    “I’ll be back.” I’m totally kidding!

    Doubt thou the stars are fire,
    Doubt that the sun doth move,
    Doubt truth to be a liar,
    But never doubt I love.

    – Hamlet

  107. Kay says:

    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet”

  108. Karen says:

    If music be the food of love, play on. – twelfth night

  109. leah says:

    “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;
    They kill us for their sport.”

    -King Lear

  110. Stotes says:

    “Though I am not naturally honest, I am sometimes so by chance.”

    Autolycus, A Winter’s Tale

  111. Jay says:

    If music be the food of love, play on.

  112. Emma says:

    “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

  113. Gerald says:

    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

  114. Erica says:

    “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

  115. Ashley M says:

    O, speak again, bright angel! For thou art as glorious to this night

  116. Puneet says:

    This above all: to thine own self be true.

  117. Glenda says:

    “One half of me is yours, the other half is yours,
    Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
    And so all yours.” — Merchant of Venice

  118. wenxiao says:

    “The course of true love never did run smooth”.

  119. Shannon Mac says:

    It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

  120. Ruby says:

    “To be, or not to be”

  121. Em says:

    Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.

  122. Alan says:

    All the world’s a stage, but there is only one Bard On The Beach!

  123. Katrina says:

    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”

  124. Lauren says:

    Out, vile jelly!

  125. Deidre says:

    To sleep, perchance to Dream…

  126. VS says:

    All the world’s a stage!

  127. Ceci says:

    Parting is such sweet sorrow,
    That I shall say good night till it be morrow

  128. Sylvia says:

    When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
    when a son gives to his father, both cry.

  129. Evelyn says:

    “Out, damned spot! out, I say!”
    🙂
    (From Macbeth)

  130. John Stuart says:

    Hark, what light through yonder window breaks?
    It is the east and Juliet is the sun!

  131. Jodi says:

    To be or not to be.

  132. tim says:

    get thee to a nunnery!

  133. Michael Kwan says:

    Polonius: What do you read, my lord?
    Hamlet: Words, words, words.

  134. Laura says:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks”, but I won’t protest if I win the tickets!

  135. Steve v. says:

    Beware the Ides of March!

  136. Ed says:

    do you bite your thumb at me sir?

  137. Alecia L says:

    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so

  138. Wally says:

    O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

  139. Monique says:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
    -Hamlet

  140. Daphne says:

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

  141. Daryl says:

    Bard on the Beach, what a great summer event!

  142. Kirky says:

    “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

  143. Robyn C says:

    there are more things in heaven and earth, horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  144. Heidi says:

    “If you prick us, do we not bleed?
    if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
    us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
    revenge?”

  145. Neena says:

    “To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.”

    Pick me

  146. Paula C says:

    “If music be the food of love, play on.”
    – Twelfth Night

  147. Reen says:

    “The bright day is done, and we are for the dark.”

  148. Nathan says:

    beach… bard.

  149. Daniel Rossi says:

    “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

  150. Surinder says:

    “Brevity is the soul of wit.” –Hamlet

  151. tracy says:

    “When he shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
    -Romeo and Juliet

  152. Alan says:

    “Frailty, thy name is woman!”

  153. Anita says:

    “Yearly will we do this rite.”
    It’s usually for my hubby’s birthday 🙂 but we would love to do it more!

  154. Kyle says:

    “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.”

  155. Mag says:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true” Hamlet quote (Act I, Sc. III).

  156. David Theduy nguyen says:

    “If music be the food of love, play on.”
    – Twelfth Night

  157. Alice says:

    Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

  158. John Yan says:

    To be or not to be.

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