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Andy at Bard on The Beach

Posted on: August 14, 2012


Andy was invited to join me and my Bard Buddies to attend a performance of King John at Bard on The Beach. Turns out Andy is a Shakespeare aficionado.


Andy at English Bay, Vancouver, BC

As per tradition, we started the day with a picnic lunch at English Bay.  Andy was happy to be included.











After the wonderful picnic, we attended the afternoon performance which was exceptional. Scott Bellis gave us an outstanding performance of the weak, tortured youngest son of Henry II and Elinor of Aquitaine. This is a play that is seldom performed so I was pleased to have had the opportunity to see it.  Attending Bard on the Beach with my friends is one of the highlights of my summer and the best value for entertainment in Vancouver. The medieval costumes were exquisite and all the performances stellar.  Attending these plays in tents transports one back to Shakespeare’s time. We have been attending these performances for the last 16 years.  If you are ever in Vancouver, in the summer, you must take in a play.

Andy seemed to have a good time, loved English Bay and enjoyed all the attention he got from my friends.  He just couldn’t stop smiling.

Andy with Bard Buddies


Have you seen a good performance of a Shakespeare play recently?

27 Responses to "Andy at Bard on The Beach"

That Andy sure knows how to have a good time. 🙂

I loved “King John”! Some friends and I went to see “Macbeth” on Saturday, which was also fabulous. And in Starbucks afterwards, I said hi to the actor playing Macduff. 🙂

How cool is that! I wish I could see another play this summer but it won’t happen as I am off to Europe in a few weeks.I have heard Macbeth was well done.

Yes indeed Darlene what a wonderful summer tradition – so happy to enjoy warm weather, picnic before and time at The Bard watching King John – incredible acting all around – totally loved Constance as well…they are all such talented actors and actresses. Hope Andy enjoyed his first trip to The Bard.

Thanks for visiting my blog Jayne. Andy did have a great time and enjoyed meeting you. We must keep up this tradition.

Aaah! Shakespeare, Sweet Sticks and all those lovely women … Andy just knows he is in a heavenly place.
Blessings – Maxi

What more could an armadillo ask for!

Darlene, that looks like so much fun. I’m not a Shakespeare fan, but I think I would have enjoyed that step back in time. Thanks for sharing.

You would have loved the costumes Diane. They work on a fairly low budget to keep the cost of admission down, but do wonders with what they have to work with.

Looks like a perfect combination of activities. “And a good time was enjoyed by all.”

It was a welcome activity and a chance to see friends I haven’t seen for awhile.

What a great time you all had and I had no idea that armadillos were into Shakespeare!

Wonderful! I love how you gals gather for a picnic. It’s a tradition? That is lovely. The scenery couldn’t be nicer, either, eh? The Bay looks beautiful. I hope Andy was quiet during the performance.

Andy was very quiet during the performance as he was concentrating on the Olde English that was being spoken. He got a bit nervous during the sword play but I reminded him that his armour was probably better protection than the players wore.

A friend of mine and I have made BOTB an annual tradition for 12 years. Sadly we weren’t able to do so this year, but I’m determined we’ll resume the tradition next year. Always a wonderful experience!

It is a tradition worth preserving. Maybe you will get to attend two perfromances next year to make up for missing this year. I am always excited to see what they plan fro the next year.

Andy looks like a very pleasant travel buddy!

He is very pleasant indeed.

No. I haven’t seen a good performance of a Shakespeare play recently. I haven’t seen a Shakespeare play before AT ALL! I want to though! 🙂 I like your photos!

I do hope you get to see a Shakespeare play soon. Most kids love them once they have been to one. I really enjoy the outdoor performances. There are some good books out in which the stories are written in a way that kids can understand them. You would probably enjoy “A Midsummer’s Dream” It is very funny.

Smitten with the Sweet Sticks! 🙂

Just read your interview on Karen Elliot’s blog…thank you for taking us on your inspiring writing journey!
I’m a new follower on your blog…can’t wait for more adventures. 🙂

Thanks for visiting my blog Vivian. There will be more adventures for sure!

I’ll look forward to them!

Wish I could have joined you there! – I haven’t seen a Shakespeare production for ages (and I don’t really have an excuse as Trinity College (Dublin) put on a play every summer.) I’ve been to a few Shakespeare performances in parks but never one on the beach!

Should you ever get to Vancouver in the summer, we will be sure to include you. I would love to see a Shakespeare performance at Trinity College in Dublin. Perhaps one day……..

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