Hmm. Why Do I Want to See This Play?

Shakespeare in Love (2)

Ghazal Azarbad and Charlie Gallant in Shakespeare in Love

Something about the profile, maybe?


Dawn French and Richard Armitage in The Vicar of Dibley courtesy of

And maybe a bit about a certain style of jacket?

Guy's Season 3 Jacket

Richard Armitage finds his old Series 3 Guy of Gisborne jacket and posts the pic on Instagram

Regardless of the handsomeness factor, I always try to see at least one play each season at the outdoor Bard on the Beach festival. (I posted about the production of Macbeth I saw last season here.)

In addition to Shakespeare in Love, this summer’s lineup includes All’s Well That Ends Well set in India during the waning days of British occupation, Coriolanus seemingly as a traditional production, and The Taming of the Shrew presented as a “hilarious Wild-West love story, where two fierce kindred spirits finally meet their match in each other. Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West meets Kate, the prickliest gal in Padua, and their throw-down contest of wills and wits will leave you laughing out loud as they bicker and battle their way towards a splendid, healing love.”

Not so sure about the last one, but the others all sound promising.

11 thoughts on “Hmm. Why Do I Want to See This Play?

  1. Sue as a huge Shakespeare fan I definitely would see All’s Well That Ends Well. Also Shakespeare in Love especially if your brain is conjuring up Harry and Geraldine images!!
    So lovely that you have theatre in Vancouver to appeal to a wide range.

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  2. I don’t think i could watch “Taming of the Shrew” right now. I would also recommend the Stratford Festival Coriolanus running on their HD transmission series — it will probably be the definitive one for me. I haven’t done a summer Shakespeare in years but I’m usually looking for something like “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nothing too serious!

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    • I’ll have to check that out. I have fond memories of school trips to the Stratford Festival. I just looked again at the Bard on the Beach website and found that actually they’ve cast Coriolanus with a female lead. She played Lady Macbeth in the production I saw last year. Should be interesting. Maybe I’ll go to the comedy and the tragedy this year.


      • I have seen two of their plays in cinemas now, that and The Tempest (I was not convinced by the genderswap Tempest casting, but it is my favorite Shakespeare play and the staging was really effective). I now have this fantasy of trying to do a long weekend there and seeing several plays, but as that’s unlikely right now, as a consolation, I have seen that Stratford is filming an entire Shakespeare and the productions are available on Broadway HD.

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