Bard on the Beach Will Unwrap an Egyptian Tragedy
“That time? O times / I laughed him out of patience; and that night / I laugh’d him into patience; and next morn, / Ere the ninth hour, I drunk him to his bed.”
-Cleopatra (Anthony and Cleopatra Act II, Scene 5)
This summer, under the peppermint tents, Ancient Egypt will come alive through the words of the world’s most famous playwright; William Shakespeare. Vancouverites will bare witness to Julius Ceasar’s greatest soldier falling from grace and Egypt’s last Pharaoh surrendering her once mighty kingdom to Roman rule. The tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra runs from June 17th to September 24th, at the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Vanier Park.
Accompanying this play will be three other productions all penned by the Immortal Bard: Much Ado About Nothing, Falstaff and Henry V. Falstaff, named after the clowning companion of Prince Hal, is a combination of Henry IV Part I and II, a definite bang for your buck.
The season begins with Much Ado About Nothing, on June 10th.
Included in this year’s program are the traditional Bard-B-Q (clever) & Fireworks night, Chatterbox Tuesdays and a Lecture Series.
Tickets can be purchased on line through the Bard on the Beach website:
Simmons Mattress Gallery suggests reading the plays before hand, or at least studying the short synopsis supplied on-line. You will take away much more of Shakespeare’s beautiful imagery and cunning word play if you already have a conceptual analysis of how the events will unfold. Just a tip.
So enjoy this summer’s offering of historical drama in one of the most beautiful theatrical settings in the world. And remember to bring your blanket.