Bard on the Beach


xMuch Ado About Nothing


Dates and Venue June 1 – September 23, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.

 

xThe Winter’s Tale


Dates and Venue June 8 – September 22, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park


A husband’s fierce jealousy is the trigger for a magical and moving tale, set in Sicily and Bohemia, which begins with a cruel punishment and ends with a miracle. King Leontes believes his wife, Queen Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his best friend, so he puts her in prison and orders that their newborn baby be abandoned in the wilderness. Sixteen years later, across the sea, two young people fall in love and their union becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption and a family’s healing.

 

xThe Merchant of Venice


Dates and Venue
June 22 – September 16, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre


A deeply fascinating study in contrasts, Shakespeare’s timeless drama, set this season in modern-day Venice, exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Portia and Bassanio discover true love but the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock are driven by prejudice and the craving for revenge, as they move ever closer to a devastating judgement day.


xThe Two Gentlemen of Verona


Dates and Venue
June 29 – September 17, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre


Valentine and Proteus are best friends with an awkward problem – they’re both in love with Valentine’s girlfriend Sylvia. And it gets even trickier – Proteus already has a girlfriend of his own. Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively riff on friendship, love and loyalty with the bonus of two very funny clowns plus a dog that just might steal the show!


Tickets $21 - $59. Call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 or purchase online at https://bardonthebeach.org


Ensemble Theatre Festival

Dates and Venue July 7 - August 18, 2017 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

xA Prayer for Owen Meany by Simon Bent

Seeming anti-hero Owen Meany is an oddity who charms an East Coast community as he grows up during the turbulent post war period in the 50s and 60s. He is remarkable on many levels, but especially as he sees himself as an instrument of God after he is involved in a tragedy which he believes was his fault. It speaks to social justice and the notion of fate, and is an exploration into organized religion and its inherit hypocrisy.

 

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In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl

Set in a spa town close to New York in the late 1800s—it was a time of Victorian societal repression that coincided with dramatic technological change. Inspired by Rachel P. Maines’ The Technology of Organism, the play is based on historical medical procedures that may seem both quaint and quizzical, yet the themes remain relevant today. A multi-layered and nuanced character study, In the Next Room explores professional and personal relations between men and women with a strong streak of female solidarity.

 

xMaster Class by David Pownall

An anteroom in the Kremlin. 1948. The Soviet Musician's Union Conference in Moscow. Stalin is formulating his policy for the Arts in The Soviet Union and summons Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, the leading Russian composers of the day, in order that he can discuss, with the aid of his Cultural Minister, Zhdanov, their place as artists in Soviet society. Needless to say, the discussion is conducted on Stalin's terms - but with a course that is far from predictable.


Tickets $30 & 25 (Previews $20). Three-show pass + all special events: $75; Noon Sunday Readings: $15; 11th Hour Cabaret: $10; All above include service charges and taxes. Purchase online: ensembletheatrecompany.ca Pay-What-You-Can Wednesdays at the door only.


Theatre under the Stars

xMary Poppins

Dates and Venue July 7 – August 18, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.

Mary Poppins, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination. Alternates nightly with The Drowsy Chaperone.



xThe Drowsy Chaperone

Dates and Venue July 8 – August 19, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.

The Drowsy Chaperone, full of song and dance, is a Canadian musical parody that whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation. Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more. Alternates nightly with Mary Poppins.

Tickets $30 – $49 Early Bird tickets are now on sale at: www.tuts.ca/tickets or call 1-877-840-0457

 

Fighting Chance Productions
Forbidden Broadway

Dates and Venue July 2 – 29, 2017, 7:30pm; 5pm on July 16, 23 & 30 | XYYVR, 1216 Bute Street

Just in time for summer, the off-Broadway spoof Forbidden Broadway. From Wicked to Rent, Streisand to Sondheim, no one is safe from the mind of creator Gerard Alessandrini who has been at the helm of Forbidden Broadway since it first premiered in 1982. The revue also includes impersonations of well-known musical theatre performers such as Carol Channing, Mandy Patinkin, Liza Minelli and more!

Tickets $25 - $20 for the 5pm performances on July 16, 23 & 30. For more information and tickets please visit FightingChanceProductions.ca

 



Vancouver TheatreSports
Oh Canada

Dates and Venue | June 29 – Sep 2, 2017, Thur-Sat @ 7.30pm | The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island

TheatreSports improvisers take a comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians. Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, lumberjacks or Timmy’s coffee to name only a few of the endless possibilities.

Tickets $10 – $23.50; Purchase at: tickets.vtsl.com

 

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29th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Dates and Venues August 10-20, 2017 | Various: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF Vancity Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and York Theatre.

Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) takes place this summer at various theatres. VQFF is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. More than just film, the Festival hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, facilitating a unique community space for 11 days each August. This year’s film Spotlights include: The Experiential Lens: Filmmakers of Colour; Young Hearts, Bright Eyes: Spotlight on Youth; Intergenerations; and Indigenous Cinema. Presented by Out On Screen. For complete schedule, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/schedule-grid

Tickets: Single ticket = $12; Six-pack = $66; Super Pass = $165. To purchase, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets or call 778-875-8363


Arts Club Theatre Company
Bittergirl: The Musical book by Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore, music by Bob Foster

Dates and Venue June 15 – July 29, 2017, Mon–Thurs at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm | Granville Island Stage

Bittergirl is a cathartic musical charts the romantic breakups of three women and the antics that ensue. Sixties girl group music “Be My Baby,” “And Then He Kissed Me,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Where Did Our Love Go?” provide the perfect backdrop for the bittergirls’ journey back to happiness. Who knew getting dumped could be so much fun?

Tickets from $29 at www.artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644