There’s something very special about going to the theatre in Vancouver and something even more spectacular happens when that theatre experience takes place seaside, at sunset, on a gloriously warm summer night. Bard on the Beach returns this summer for its 27th season, with the white tents at Vanier Park hosting the award-winning Shakespeare Festival from June 3rd until September 24th.
Bard on the Beach Summer 2016
Play run dates and Special Events for 2016 are:
Romeo and Juliet
June 3 – September 23 (BMO Mainstage)
Opening Night Friday, June 10, 2016
The Merry Wives of Windsor
June 17 – September 24 (BMO Mainstage)
Opening Night Friday, June 24, 2016
June 24 – September 17 (Howard Family Stage)
Opening Night Thursday, July 7, 2016
July 2 – September 18 (Howard Family Stage)
Opening Night Sunday, July 10, 2016
Bard-B-Q & Fireworks
Saturday, July 23, Wednesday July 27 & Saturday, July 30 at 5:00pm
Tickets from $95
Includes play, dinner, on-site entertainment including a world-champion pipe band, and exclusive fireworks viewing.
Mondays, June 20 & 27 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
July 13, August 10 & September 7 at 6:00pm.
$21 (must purchase play ticket for same evening)
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Bard
Mondays, July 11 & 18 at 7:30pm
Opera & Arias: The Magic Flute
A costumed concert staging
Mondays, August 29 & September 5 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Exploring Shakespeare Talks
Delve deeper into each play’s story and background with Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra. Saturdays, June 11 and 25, July 16 and August 13 at 11:00am.
July 18, August 29 and September 5 at 7:00pm
New this season, behind-the-scenes panel discussions.
July 5 – August 30, 2016
Free post-show discussions following Tuesday performances in both theatres.
July 6, August 3 and August 31 at 6pm
Lively pre-show activities, family package pricing available.
Ticket prices for 2016 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $20 for every regular performance. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; all seats are reserved and many performances sell out in advance. Book tickets through the Bard Box Office at (604) 739-0559, (toll free) 1-877-739-0559 or order online through the Bard website.
Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. Established in 1990, Bard is an annual summer festival with a mission to perform, explore and celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, surrounded by the natural beauty of Vancouver, British Columbia. Play performances run Tuesday through Sunday with matinees on selected weekends and weekdays; numerous special events on Monday evenings. All evening performances start at 7:30pm. Follow Bard on the Beach on Facebook and Twitter.