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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

1695 Whyte Ave | Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5C3, Canada
+1 604-739-0559
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Much Ado

Fabulous production with a cast who were believable, camp and engagingly. Who couldn't come back... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2017
Vancouver Island, Canada
via mobile
Shakespeare with modern twist

I attended Much Ado About Nothing in September. What a fabulous setting for a backdrop: the sea... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2017
Goleta, California
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Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1695 Whyte Ave | Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5C3, Canada
Granville Island & Fairview
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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Fabulous production with a cast who were believable, camp and engagingly. Who couldn't come back? Best show in the city.

Thank okmurrays
Reviewed September 27, 2017

I attended Much Ado About Nothing in September. What a fabulous setting for a backdrop: the sea, mountains and ships in the distance. The play was very clever with a modern twist. The audience enjoyed the play and so did we. The cast was enthusiastic...More

Thank marilynsbca
Reviewed September 11, 2017

In July we visited Bard on the Beach for the second time and found the acting and facilities as enjoyable as ever. This location is a partial open air theater in that the area behind the stage is open. As you can see from the...More

Thank Tom R
Reviewed September 9, 2017

I have attended Bard several years and have always enjoyed it. The interpretations are always good and the special effects are often very inventive. I have not been disappointed ever and find it good value for money especially if you get can tickets on their...More

Thank Jennyfromtheblock50
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Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

I saw A Winter's Tale on the main stage, which has to have the best backdrop ever - water and mountains. The play was well done in every way. Engaging thru the whole 3 (?) hours. If you don't drive it's a long walk to...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed August 29, 2017 via mobile

Great location, great cast & production (Much Ado about Nothing) and all in all a very enjoyable evening. Lovely views of the water and action on the beach through the open backdrop complemented the engaging action on stage. Lots of fun! My second visit to...More

Thank diane m
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

They did a fabulous job of the play from the acting, directing and costumes. Space was limited but they did well with the set design with what they had. The play is inside a tent and there are no bad views, including the front seats....More

Thank tshep42
Reviewed August 21, 2017

Much a Do is playing and it was great. We arrived an hour before show time with a picnic dinner plus bought a couple glasses of wine. It was a basic picnic setting but nice views of the West End and out onto False Creek....More

Thank David R
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

We went on the last fireworks night in Vancouver where Canada was lighting off the pyrotechnic. The performance by Bard of the Beach was fantastic and we had a brilliant time. The play was followed by a great salmon BBQ with desert and entertainment before...More

Thank purplejwhayes
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

The best version of Shakespeare's Much a Do I have seen. The night we went they opened the back doors to an amazing view and cool breeze. Outdoor venue but the play is inside a tent. Wine, beer & snacks available, but eat prior if...More

Thank Harold P
Granville Island & Fairview
One of the favoured neighbourhoods for a day out,
Granville Island's packed theatres and art studios,
hobby shops and book stores, restaurants and bars, all
offer a plethora of activities and entertainment
options, leaving no one bored. The highlight of the
area is the Fisherman's Wharf, where the seagulls
overhead and the smell of the sea invigorate its many
visitors, some of who are there to shop the fresh
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July 1, 2017|
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Response from Sassamatt | Reviewed this property |
It can get chilly when the sun goes down around 9/9:30, especially by the beach. Sweater or shawl will do. I usually don't wear sandals. Don't like walking across the grass in the way out because dew is forming chilly. You... More
April 30, 2017|
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Response from BardontheBeach | Property representative |
Hi there, Ticket availability will depend on the production. Our productions in the Douglas Campbell Theatre (The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona) have a smaller capacity, and may potentially sell out in... More