Shakespeare with a view

Shakespeare by the Sea is staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream nightly at 7 p.m. until Sept. 2 at Holland Point Park

For those who didn’t get their outdoor iambic fill this summer, another Shakespeare play is popping up along Dallas Road.

Shakespeare by the Sea is staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream nightly at 7 p.m. until Sept. 2 at Holland Point Park, in a relaxed and intimate setting for 100 guests each night.

“There is no Bard on the Beach here yet, but we’re going to be it,” said director Robert Light, who already has plans to expand to two plays next summer.

“You look out onto the Juan de Fuca and Olympic mountains; it’s the perfect backdrop,” he said.

As part of the process, the organization is holding a two-week education program for young actors, ages 8 to 12 as well as 13 to 19, to teach the essentials of Shakespearean acting.

Students will then appear onstage as fairies and elves in the Sept. 1 and 2 performances.

The 20-actor playbill is made up of local professional and community actors, including UVic acting students, who have been rehearsing for the past two and a half months.

Light, who has been involved in more than 80 plays in his career, said the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will see it return next year, along with a tragedy like Macbeth.

“This is a very educated and artistic city. We know the audience is there and they want to see our show,” he said.

Call 250-213-8088 or go to vicshakesea.ca for more information.

Just Posted

Greater Victoria businesses lose thousands of dollars in credit card scams

Affected businesses want to spread the word to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else

Four-sailing wait at BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal

Full vessels create long waits on Friday afternoon

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Tent city campers prepare to leave Uplands Park

Vehicle access remains restricted at Cattle Point

A year in tent city: Timeline of Camp Namegans

Since September 2017, Victoria’s homeless camp has set up in more than 20 locations

WATCH: Twelve Angry Jurors puts a new spin on an old tale

Canadian College of Performing Arts opens season with reworked version of Reginald Rose teleplay

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for Oct. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support amalgamation for communities in the Capital Region?

Residents in Victoria and Saanich will be voting on Oct. 20 on… Continue reading

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Enbridge aims for mid-November to finish B.C. pipeline repair after blast

A natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George caused an explosion and fireball

How to get government cheques if Canada Post staff go on strike

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said members could go on rotating strikes as early as Monday

Anti-SOGI school trustee files defamation lawsuit against BCTF president

Barry Neufeld says Glen Hansman’s words caused him “indignity,” “personal harassment,” and “anxiety”

Most Read