Throughout the months of July and August, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival delivers great entertainment in addition to its five plays, with special events and entertaining activities for every taste.

From Fireworks nights to concerts and glimpses behind the scenes, here are five unique special events at Bard this summer.

Bard-B-Q & Fireworks July 28, August 1 & 4 | 5:30pm & 6:00pm

See As You Like It or Timon of Athens followed by an exquisite salmon barbecue from Emelle’s Catering with all the fixings, delicious desserts and an entire evening of entertainment. Visit the PIXSTAR Photobooth, take in the award-winning Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band and more, before enjoying a private view of the spectacular Celebration of Light fireworks.

Family Nights July 24 & August 21 | 6:00pm

A perfect experience for the whole family! Geared for ages 6 and up, this special evening is filled with family-friendly activities. Arrive at the Village early for the PIXSTAR Photobooth, face painting, food truck, an exclusive pre-show talk designed just for kids and more. Then enjoy a performance of the joyful comedy As You Like It, filled with 25 Beatles songs performed by the cast. Purchase a minimum of one Youth and one Adult ticket and receive $10 off each adult ticket (maximum two adults).

Forum: Gender and Shakespeare in 2018 Monday August 27 | 7:30pm

Four centuries ago, Shakespeare challenged traditional assumptions and expectations around gender. In 2018, we apply new and modern lenses when we consider his characters. This moderated forum includes an on-stage panel of actors, directors and educators, followed by an audience Q & A.

Exploring Shakespeare June 30, July 7, July 14 & July 21 | 11:00am Saturdays

Simon Fraser University’s Paul Budra delivers in-depth explorations of this season’s plays in his lively and engaging style. Go beyond the story and explore Shakespeare’s inspirations and influences. Have all of your questions answered and leave with a fuller understanding of this season’s plays during the Q & A after the talk. Specific talk dates are: June 30 – Exploring As You Like It, July 7 – Exploring Macbeth, July 14 – Exploring Timon of Athens and July 21 – Exploring Lysistrata.

Operas & Arias: Bold and Beautiful August 27 & September 3 | 2pm & 7:30pm (both days)

Join the rising stars of the UBC Opera Ensemble and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for a costumed concert performance that will seduce, delight and inspire you! Drawn from a set of best-loved operas, the programme will include favourite selections from La Traviata, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus and more. The singers are directed by UBC’s Nancy Hermiston with musicians conducted by Leslie Dala. Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze hosts all performances, presented against the BMO Mainstage’s spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky.

Bard on the Beach special events, full performance schedule and site information are on the Bard website.


Last modified: July 8, 2018

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