Bard on the Beach Presents Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and more for 2024 Season

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The Bard on the Beach 2024 summer season at Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park will include Hamlet and Twelfth Night on the BMO Mainstage, as well as The Comedy of Errors and Measure for Measure on the Howard Family Stage.

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Bard on the Beach Summer 2024

  • From June 13 to September 20, 2024
  • Ticket prices for all regular play performances start at $30 CAD and are available now.

Twelfth Night: Director Diana Donnelly celebrates a topsy-turvy carnival world packed with romance and laughs, adventure, and self-discovery, set to original music by beloved Vancouver singer-songwriter Veda Hille. 

Hamlet: Adapted and directed by Stephen Drover, who invites us to consider the blurry lines around loyalty, self, and all the things that are in heaven and earth.

The Howard Family Stage will host two productions from July 2 to September 21, 2024:

The Comedy of Errors: Directed and adapted by Rebecca Northan, this play takes its laughs seriously—deadly seriously. Wear your best bedsheet as a toga to this hilarious slapstick saga of mistaken identity and marital strife.

Measure for Measure: Jivesh Parasram’s footloose adaptation is set in a contemporary Vienna where the party never stops—until now. Shakespeare’s tale of coercion and hypocrisy reaches absurdist new heights as premarital… dancing is outlawed.

Special Events

  • Bard Fireworks Nights: Enjoy a performance of Twelfth Night or The Comedy of Errors followed by a dessert buffet, and guaranteed, spectacular views of the Celebration of Light. Fireworks evenings are July 20, 24 & 27. New this year: Bring your own picnic supper, preorder from Bard (for an extra charge), or snack the night away.
  • Wine Wednesdays before one of three performances throughout the season. June 26, July 10 & August 14
  • Family Days: Encouraging a new generation of young theatre patrons to discover Shakespeare and the Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park festival experience. Special pricing and kids’ activities are in effect for these matinees July 14 & August 18.
  • Bard Pride Day: Includes early site access for special activities to celebrate Pride with the Bard Family on August 4.
  • Relaxed Performance: Twelfth Night. June 30 at 2:00pm. This performance is also “Pay What You Will”.
  • Bard Explored: A talk with Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra on June 29, July 6, August 10 & August 17.
  • Talkback Tuesdays: In July and August where performers will take part in free post-show discussions.
  • Every performance, audiences are invited to In A Nutshell, free pre-show talks providing short, informal introductions to the plays’ stories and characters.

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