The Festival’s summer-long celebration of Shakespeare starts with ROMEO AND JULIET on the BMO Mainstage, with Kim Collier (Hamlet, 2013) returning to Bard to direct this timeless romantic tragedy. It alternates with Bard’s Jessie Award-winning 2012 production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. This huge audience favourite is full of high-spirited comedy and live performances of classic 60s popular music. Johnna Wright is back to direct, this time on the BMO Mainstage, along with many of the original actors.

On the Howard Family Stage, in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, two of Bard’s best-known and award-winning actors make their Bard directorial debuts. Bob Frazer directs the tragedy OTHELLO, setting the play’s jealousy and manipulation amidst the racism and violence of the American Civil War. Lois Anderson directs a mythical and exotic setting of PERICLES, Shakespeare’s adventurous tale of a hero’s quest to find love, family and the meaning of life.

In addition to Shakespeare productions there are some musical events taking place on the BMO Mainstage throughout the summer. Chor Leoni: Mane Stage returns to Bard on the Beach for a musical and fun-filled evening over two weeks on Monday, June 20 and 27. On Monday July 11 and 18, join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Bard. Opera lovers can enjoy a costumed concert staging on Monday, August 29 & September 5 with Opera & Arias: The Magic Flute.
Looking for special events this summer? Consider a few at Bard on the Beach. On July 13, August 10 and September 7th join wine aficionados for Wine Wednesdays on the Bard on the Beach site. The Bard-B-Q & Fireworks events makes a full evening at Bard on the Beach with a play, catered dinner, on-site entertainment including a world-champion pipe band, and exclusive fireworks viewing.

Tickets for Bard on the Beach’s 27th season are on sale and prices for 2016 include all applicable fees and taxes and begin at $20. Early booking is recommended for best seat selection; note many performances sell out in advance. The full performance schedule, site information and play and special events details are on the Bard website at bardonthebeach.org. To book tickets, order online through the Bard website or call the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559 or (toll free) 1-877-739-0559.