Some of the 50 local performers who will be involved in this year’s Shakespeare by the Sea

Stage set for Shakespeare by the Sea

The stage is set for Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea and organizers are hoping their new location at Fisherman’s Wharf Park will stick.

The stage is set for Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea and organizers are hoping their new location at Fisherman’s Wharf Park will stick for several years to come.

Now in its fifth year, the festival has moved to five different locations for a variety of reasons. The first year it kicked off at Holland Point, which was soon labelled an ecologically sensitive area. The festival then moved to Clover Point, where it continued for two-and-a-half years before strong winds blew some of the tents over.

Last year was spent on the barge at Ogden Point, but organizers couldn’t afford to stay there. Now, Steve Duck, executive director of the Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts Society, believes they may have found a winner.

“We think it will be a fortuitous move for presentation and access to the community,” said Duck. “Even those five years of moving the production, we continue to grow our audience.”

Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea features three performances — Othello, Much Ado About Nothing and a locally-written Shakespeare-inspired play, Richard the Lionhearted. Othello is a tragedy that revolves around two themes — envy and jealousy. Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play that combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honour, shame and court politics.

The festival involves 50 local performers who’ve been honing their craft in a number of other productions throughout the community. All plays are performed in Shakespearean English, but due to the quality of the writing, Duck said you don’t have to understand every word to comprehend what’s going on.

Running an event management company, Duck admits he’s not a theatre expert, but seeing the festival evolve over the years has been a wonder to watch.

“There is a dedication and a passion for the craft that’s been exhibited by both the art director and the cast, many of whom have been with us for five years,” said Duck, adding the festival’s artistic director showcases the quality of Shakespeare’s writing.

“The audience that hasn’t experienced Shakespeare, they are surprised because they get a new interpretation of it. It’s not set in what people perceive would be an old writing, but more because of the uniqueness of his writing quality, they walk away with an impression of uniqueness in what he presented.”

The festival runs June 28 to Aug. 7 with shows every evening at 7 p.m., except Monday. Matinees will take place Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at VictoriaTicket.ca or in person at the visitor centre at 812 Wharf Street.

For more information on specific shows visit the VIShakespeareArts page on Facebook.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

Esquimalt arson trial hears of feud with tenant before the fire

Wei Li charged with intentionally setting fire to a duplex he owned on Oct. 3, 2017

Driver charged in Central Saanich pedestrian’s death appears in court

Victim Kim Ward, 51, died on scene at the August 2018 crash

Nuisance tree will remain on perimeter of Fireman’s Park

Council re-affirm pledge to protecting healthy tree canopy

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

Two RCMP vehicles vandalized in Duncan over long weekend

Local Mounties asking for help in finding culprits

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Most Read