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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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7:30pm start time was perfect to get home from work, prepare for sitter, grab a quick dinner, watch... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Mama Mia meets Shakespeare (except with The Beatles tune)

Lots of fun, make sure you get to your seats 15 minutes early to start enjoying the evening. The... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
Alison C
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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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...more
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1695 Whyte Ave | Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5C3, Canada
Granville Island & Fairview
+1 604-739-0559
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

7:30pm start time was perfect to get home from work, prepare for sitter, grab a quick dinner, watch some of Vancouver's finest artists act Shakespeare, and get back home at a reasonable hour. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

Lots of fun, make sure you get to your seats 15 minutes early to start enjoying the evening. The song selections are great and they fit right into the story line. You'll find yourself singing/humming along. And of course there's great choreography. Enough said go...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Alison C
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Saw As You Like It today.....OMG!!!! We've been attending for years and this was the very best production.....ever! Can fully understand why this production is rumoured tkbe set to travel across the country, it is that good.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

I just had an unfortunate experience with BOTB. They claim they do not facilitate the transfer of tickets from one person to another but if you want to change the ticket from a youth to an adult ticket after purchasing from someone, they consider it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed August 23, 2018

This is one of my favourites of Shakespeare's but I was disappointed in this production. It was OK but lacklustre. I have seen far better productions at Bard on the Beach, which is why I travel from quite a distance outside of the city just...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank movingmaven
Reviewed August 22, 2018

The production we saw of "As You Like It" was excellent. The twist to use all Beatles music and set it in the 60's was awesome. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve C
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We attended the festival and it was a great experience. We saw "As You Like It". We are not avid Shakespeare fans and it was difficult at times to understand the Old English dialogue but it was a great experience. It helped that it was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Coffeegirl5750
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Full marks for trying to stage Timon of Athens. But a failing grade for the acting. The actors spoke too quickly and swallowed their words. And sudden shouting with no emotional lead up is not dramatic. Everything spoken at a fast pace meant no time...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank toby3330
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Really enjoyed As you like it, Great mix of Beatles classics with the play. Fun evening for sure. Great music and play.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peter S
Reviewed August 18, 2018

I am so glad I was in Vancouver and able to attend the performance of Macbeth this summer. What a great production in a great setting. And I was able to take advantage of your partnership with the Boat House Restaurant in Kits Beach. It...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Granville Island & Fairview
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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
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Susan C
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Yes, no issues with bring items although I would be cautious about something too big the seats are relatively tight and storage space is limited.
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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