And I’ve been to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. But I had never been to Bard on the Beach in my very own city. Until now.
Went to their production of Antony and Cleopatra this weekend (loved it!) and learned a few things from the experience:
1. Date night at Bard on the Beach > date night on the couch. Got that, gentlemen?
2. Tents have roofs. So even if you go on a day that’s less spectacular than this one, you don’t have to worry about a little Vancouver sky water ruining your night.
3. Cleopatra might be your next girl crush. She is a is a feisty, captivating woman (played by Jennifer Lines, pictured centre, with Almeera Jiwa and Sarah Afful, photo by David Blue).
4. Tents are breezy. So at the risk of sounding like your mother, bring your favourite vintage faux fur jacket with you.
5. Cleopatra has more fake gold than you do. And she has more costume changes than Cher. Costume designer Mara Gottler did a beautiful job.
6. Vancouver makes the most beautiful backdrop you could ask for. I’m sorry London, my apologies Ashland, but it’s true. (Photo by David Blue.)
7. Seats are cushy. I stood for all three hours of Romeo and Juliet at the Globe (which was amazing, actually) but you won’t be on your feet at Vanier Park (just make sure you get there early enough to reserve seats — they aren’t assigned).
8. Unless you speak Shakespeare fluently, you’ll want to read the synopsis beforehand. My husband didn’t and at one point, he leaned over to me and whispered “I understand about two percent of what’s going on.” (He crammed during intermission and was fine for the second half.)
9. You can eat licorice allsorts in the theatre! Some of us find that very exciting.
Antony and Cleopatra plays until September 24. Have you been to Bard on the Beach? What did you think?
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Hey, I’m so glad you went to Bard on the Beach! I went on a clear summer’s day and watched “Love’s Labour’s Lost” while the sun was setting. It was absolutely spectacular. I got about half of what they were saying so good tip about reading the synopsis. I’m for sure going to Anthony and Cleopatra. It looks amazing :D
Which night did you go? I was there on Friday evening! It was quite entertaining. haha I just concentrate harder on what’s being said and was able to follow the “Shakespeare” lingo ;) but yes thank goodness for the synopsis!
Love Bard on the Beach, and you’re right, Mara Gottler is a god. The costumes are always excellent.
I was going to say I wish we had an equivalent here, but it wouldn’t be as good without that same backdrop.
yes, that was a fun time, and a very good performance. even when i had no idea what was going on, i knew i was watching something good.
i would suggest that in the future they offer the type of licorice allsorts that include those little men and the jelly one with the sprinkles.
Gorgeous post, darling!
Love the faux fur!
fun! i haven’t been in years and i really want to go this year!
Great post, thanks so much for letting us know how Bard was! I have been meaning to go with Adam for oh, 3 years now! I am definitely going this year…thanks again!
I’m going. Are the seats cushy?
Change that to how cushy are the seats?
Ah, you look like Cleopatra yourself in that dress. Absolutely gorgeous!! :)
It looks so fun
Cleopatra is very beautiful
and I love your dress girl and the necklace =)
I think I need to borrow this dress for the wedding I’m going to in two weeks.
Vinci — There’s something amazing about the open air theatre, isn’t there? I’m going back soon.
MizzJ — I went on Saturday so I just missed you.
Camille — Is there nothing similar in Boston? I’m surprised.
MC — I’ll be sure to make that suggestion.
Couture Carrie — That trusty coat is vintage and one of my favourites.
JanetTaylor — Thank you!
Erin — I hadn’t been ever. Go this year! I’ve heard Much Ado About Nothing is amazing too.
AliciaFashionista — I had been meaning to go forever and ever too.
Irina — They’re like the seats you’d find around a table at a hotel ballroom, if that makes any sense.
Cafe Fashionista — I was definitely inspired by her, that’s for sure.
Bionica — Thank you!
Larissa — Sure thing, jellybean.
thanks for the tips! i’ve never been, but i shall try when they do romeo+juliet again b/c that’s the only one i’ve ever studied extensively and actually loved.
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