Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

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  • The 28th Bard season, sponsored by Goldcorp and running from June 6 to September 22, 2018, features four Shakespeare plays plus a short-run contemporary drama; together they will take audiences from ancient Greece to modern-day Venice and Vancouver.

    Opening the Festival on the BMO Mainstage is a new production of an audience favourite, Much Ado About Nothing, set in 1959 Italy and inspired by the era’s extravagantly entertaining Italian films, with John Murphy (Measure For Measure, 2013) directing. Alternating with Much Ado is The Winter’s Tale, a magical and poignant family drama, set in Sicily and Bohemia and directed by Bard’s Associate Artistic Director Dean Paul Gibson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2014).

    On the Howard Family Stage, award-winning Canadian actor-director Nigel Shawn Williams will direct a provocative new staging of The Merchant of Venice, set in contemporary Italy; it will alternate with a new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Bard Artistic Associate Scott Bellis (The Comedy of Errors, 2015). Rounding out the 2018 lineup is a short-run production in September directed by Sherry J. Yoon to complement The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a single-hander written by BC’s Mark Leiren-Young; first produced at Bard in 1996, it’s the story of a modern-day actor playing Shylock who wrestles with the timely issues of censorship and political correctness.

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