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Celebrating its 24th Season in 2012, 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.
A custom-built Mainstage was erected in 2011, offering expanded seating (742 seats), a redesigned stage and more comfortable seating for patrons. The Mainstage tent is open-ended so that the actors perform against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky - a highlight of the unique Bard experience. Two productions are performed in repertory in the tent from early June through late September.
The Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent seats 240 and its two repertory productions run from the end of June through September. This intimate performance space features Shakespeare's lesser-known plays or his great classics presented with less traditional staging.
Both tents are located in the Bard Village, a lively gathering space for Bard theatre patrons where they can meet and chat with fellow event-goers, take in a range of educational events, enjoy full concession and bar services and browse the Bard boutique. The Village is open to patrons for one full hour prior to curtain.