The summer holidays are fast approaching, which means travel and vacations for some. No matter where your days off take you, there are many ways to experience Shakespeare across Canada! Here’s a look at Shakespeare festivals and productions happening this summer.
Vancouver, British Columbia is host to Bard on the Beach, one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Celebrating their 25th season, they are presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Cymbeline. In addition to those three Shakespeare plays, they are presenting Equivocation by Bill Cain, a play in which “Shakespeare is commissioned to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot, only to discover there are times when writing the truth can be deadly…”. Bard on the Beach runs from June – September.
For more information visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org/.
Since 1989, Freewill Shakespeare Festival has been offering Edmonton their summer Shakespeare experience in the Heritage Amphitheater in Hawrelak Park (though they’ve had to change venues for this season due to repairs at the amphitheater). Their 2014 season showcases The Taming of the Shrew, running from July 9-27.
For more information visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/.
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is presented on the banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River in the heart of Saskatoon. For their 30th season, they are producing Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan runs from July 9 – August 24.
For more information visit http://www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com/.
From June 4 – June 28, Shakespeare in the Ruins presents The Comedy of Errors. The shows are played in the Ruins in the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For more information visit http://www.shakespeareintheruins.com/.
Canadian Stage presents Shakespeare in High Park every summer in Toronto, Ontario. This season they offer us As You Like It and Titus Andronicus running from June 26 – August 31.
For more information visit https://www.canadianstage.com.
In various parks across Quebec, Repercussion Theatre presents Shakespeare-in-the-Park: Harry the King – The Famous Victories of Henry V. This year’s tour offers an adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical plays Henry IV pt. 1, pt. 2 and Henry V, and runs from July 4 – August 2.
For more information visit http://www.repercussiontheatre.com/.
Shakespeare by the Sea is an artist-driven collaborative organization in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This season, they offer The Taming of the Shrew from July 6 – August 30 and Merchant of Venice from August 2- 29. Visit http://www.shakespearebythesea.ca/index.html for more information.
Newfoundland offers Shakespeare by the Sea Festival, the longest running outdoor summer theatre event in the St. John’s area. Their 2014 season presents The Taming of the Shrew from July 6 – August 11 and All’s Well That Ends Well from July 18 – August 16, as well as other performances and events. Visit http://shakespearebytheseafestival.com/ for more information.
Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea is in its second year, and will be presenting Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. The shows will be running from July 1 – August 3. Visit http://www.vicshakesea.ca/ for more information!
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These are some of the Shakespeare performances occurring this summer. If you know of any others being produced, let us know in the comments below!