Bard on the Beach’s 25 anniversary season was a resounding success, with both critics and audiences. Setting an all time attendance high of almost 101,000 patrons to the 2014 season events, it’s a major increase from the previous record set in 2009 of 91,000 attendees.
“We are blessed with so many loyal repeat patrons, while also attracting thousands of locals and tourists to Bard for the first time. Together they fill our houses and this year they’ve given us a remarkable, record-breaking season,” says Christopher Gaze.
The upcoming season will bring back the tragedy that this year left out in the form of King Lear, directed by Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum. Opening the season will be the hilarious audience favourite, The Comedy of Errors, directed by Scott Bellis, a respected actor/director and Bard Associate. You’ll have seen him this year as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell tent opens with a world premiere of Shakespeare’s Rebel, a play based on best-selling author C.C. Humphrey’s historical novel and directed by Bard’s Christopher Gaze. Also on this stage is a music-filled Jazz Age rendition of Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Daryl Cloran of Kamloops’ Western Canada Theatre.
The upcoming season will run from June 4 to September 26, 2015, with tickets going on sale in early April.