Starting November 8, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival and MEI Events International Inc. will present Shakespeare fans in British Columbia with a unique, all year round opportunity to see ten incredible Shakespeare productions. During fall and winter, fans will get to enjoy the drama, laughter and magic of six wildly popular Shakespeare productions from London’s legendary Globe Theatre. In the spring and summer seasons, Shakespeare enthusiasts will experience live plays in the magnificent setting of Vancouver’s waterfront Vanier Park, with four enthralling new Bard theatre productions.
The Globe On Screen Canadian series highlight will include a special appearance and Q&A with Bard’s Artistic Director, Christopher Gaze, at Landmark Esplanade’s screening of The Taming of the Shrew on December 20. This will be the British Columbia screen premiere of the production, which stars double Olivier Award-winner Samantha Spiro.
Other Globe screenings in British Columbia will include all-time Shakespeare classics from its hugely successful 2013 and 2014 seasons. Beginning November 8, 2014, screenings will include Henry V, starring the incredible Jamie Parker; the Broadway hit Twelfth Night, highlighted by Mark Rylance’s stunning Tony Award-winning performance – the best performing Globe On Screen production to date. Following The Taming of the Shrew, the series is rounded out with The Tempest, starring double Olivier-winner Roger Allam; Macbeth,featuring Joseph Millson; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Olivier Award-winner Michelle Terry.
The Bard 2015 season, which runs from June 4 – September 26, 2015, will open on the BMO Mainstage with the hilarious audience favourite The Comedy of Errors, alternating with the towering tragedy King Lear, a co-production with Theatre Calgary. In the intimate Douglas Campbell tent, audiences will be treated to the world premiere of a new play based on best-selling author C.C. Humphrey’s historical novel Shakespeare’s Rebeland directed by Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, along with a music-filled, Jazz Age setting of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
This unique and exciting partnership brings together two like-minded companies intent on sharing the best Shakespeare performances with Canadian audiences. Shakespeare fans will get to experience the highest quality sound and visual productions at some of Canada’s most unique venues, including over 25 Landmark Cinemas across the country – Canada’s second largest theatre chain – along with independent cinemas, performing arts centres and colleges and universities. Audiences will delight in the magic of Shakespeare from the world’s most famous stage as if they were at the Globe in person. Patrons at Bard on the Beach will be treated to exceptional creativity from some of the finest acting and production talents in the country, and can also enjoy an array of complementary programming including Bard-B-Q & Fireworks events and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Opera & Arias concerts in a unique performance space surrounded by mountains, sea and sky.
Thomas Miller, CEO of MEI says, “It is an absolute privilege for MEI to bring these incredible Globe On Screen productions to enthusiastic audiences in BC and across Canada. No longer will fans always have to fly to London to see Shakespeare at the Globe – they can now share the experience in the comfort of their local cinemas.”
Throughout the year, Canadian Shakespeare fans will also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes, including tickets to see the Globe screenings and Bard productions.