Perfect weather for Shakespeare

This season the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival showcases Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It

Amy Lee Radigan as Beatrice and Adam Holroyd as Benedick – who have both forsworn marriage but later find themselves in the throws of love for each other

Greater Victorians are showing their support for Shakespeare, says Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival artistic director Michael Glover.

The festival is already celebrating a successful pre-season launch after nearly three times the number of pre-sale tickets were sold on their first available day as compared to previous years.

“It’s clear to us that Victorians loves their outdoor Shakespeare festival, and it’s thrilling to see its popularity explode even further as we head into our special 10th anniversary season,” said Glover.

Since being formed in early 2003, the Victoria Shakespeare Society has produced works of theatre, primarily, but not limited to, the works of William Shakespeare and their Shakespeare in the summer festival.

Their artistic objective is to creatively explore Shakespeare in a way that is interesting and accessible to the general public, making Shakespeare for the people. The society is keen to transfer the universality of Shakespeare to modern English speakers. Since 2005, summer shows have been performed in an outdoor location on the Camosun College Lansdowne Campus.

This season the festival showcases Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It July 16 to Aug. 18. Pre-sale tickets are sold at a discounted rate of $10, or 55 per cent off the regular price of $22 and are on sale until the first 500 are sold. Go to vicshakespeare.com for more information.