The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0517  Friday, 22 February 2002

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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 12:47:38 -0800
Subject:        Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, Canada

For Immediate Release

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VANCOUVER, B.C. February 20, 2001.... Artistic Director Christopher Gaze
is proud to announce the playbill for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare
Festival's 2002 Season, which runs June 12 to September 22, 2002 in
open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park.

On the 520-seat Mainstage:
The delicious comedy Twelfth Night opens the Mainstage season and runs
June 12 through September 22. When twins Sebastian and Viola are
shipwrecked, disguise, mistaken identities, and misplaced affections
result in a delightful tangle of  romance. Dean Paul Gibson, who
received acclaim for last season's staging of The Two Gentlemen of
Verona, returns to direct.

Henry V plays in repertory with Twelfth Night, beginning June 25 and
running through September 21. The mature Prince Hal, who is now king,
emerges as a blazing comet who inspires the English against all odds to
glorious victory over the French at Agincourt, winning the King of
France's daughter in marriage. Noted for its rich oratory, this majestic
drama is staged by Bard's Artistic Director, Christopher Gaze.

On the 225-seat Douglas Campbell Studio Stage:
The rarely seen epic romance, Cymbeline, runs on the Studio Stage July 9
to September 1. Katrina Dunn, A.D. for Touchstone Theatre, directs this
evocative story where lustful deceptions, murderous plots, and surprise
reunions unfold when King Cymbeline's daughter is falsely accused of

Additional Festival events include Bard-B-Q & Fireworks (July 31, Aug.
3, 7, 10), Celebrating Red & White wine tasting (Aug. 17), and Symphony
Opera & Shakespeare featuring Vancouver's own 3 Divas (Aug. 19 & 26).

Now in its 13th Season, Bard on the Beach is Western Canada's only
professional Shakespeare company. Three plays are staged in repertory
between June and September on the waterfront against a spectacular
backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Open-ended tents capture the
changing skyline from stunning sunsets to flash summer storms. The Bard
site is in Vanier Park next to Vancouver's downtown core. Bard on the
Beach consistently garners rave reviews with 2001 attendance exceeding
65,000 - a record-breaking 97% of capacity.

Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays. Ticket prices range from $15
to $26. Play schedule and updates on the 2002 Festival can be found on
the Bard web site at www.bardonthebeach.org. For tickets and
information, call 604-739-0559.

Note: Photos may be downloaded from the Bard web site "News & Media

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