Shore­side Shake­speare

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TO SEP 23 Ev­ery sum­mer, the dis­tinc­tive redand-white tents of Bard on the Beach (page 76) spring up in sea­side Vanier Park, sig­nalling an­other year of imag­i­na­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Wil­liam Shake­speare’s time­less plays. This year’s line-up in­cludes four of his finest. On the main stage, Much Ado About Noth­ing (pic­tured) turns Beatrice and Benedick into movie stars in 1959 Italy, while The Win­ter’s Tale in­cludes his­tory’s most fa­mous stage di­rec­tion: “Exit, pur­sued by a bear.” On the se­cond stage, The Mer­chant of Venice is up­dated to mod­ern-day Venice, and The Two Gentle­men of Verona fea­tures a new four-legged star in the mak­ing: Ger­tie the bas­set hound in the scen­esteal­ing role of Crab the dog.

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