Vancouver may have Bard on the Beach, but New Westminster has Bard in the Park, and it’s free to boot.
Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company returns to the Queens Park Bandshell every Saturday & Sunday at 2pm from July 17 to August 1 to perform William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Like many of Shakespeare’s comedies, this one centres on mistaken identity. The leading character, Viola, is shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria during the opening scenes. She loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes is dead. Masquerading as a young page under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino through the help of the sea captain who rescues her. Orsino is in love with the bereaved Lady Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, and who will have nothing to do with any suitors, the Duke included. Orsino decides to use “Cesario” as an intermediary to tell Olivia about his love for her. Olivia, believing Viola to be a man, falls in love with this handsome and eloquent messenger. Viola, in turn, has fallen in love with the Duke, who also believes Viola is a man, and who regards her as his confidant.
Set in the Regency period in England, Twelfth Night is fast, witty and full of biting humour. Shadows & Dreams calls the play a ‘masterpiece of disguise, deception and desire.’
Twelfth Night is part of the New Westminster Parks and Recreation Sunday Summer Revue. For more information on the other Summer Revue productions call the Parks Info Hotline at 604-527-4634 for schedule information or visit www.nwpr.bc.ca.
- Where: Queen’s Park Bandshell, New Westminster (For directions visit: http://www.nwpr.bc.ca/parks)
- When: 2pm, Saturday July 17th, 24th, 31st & Sunday July 18th, 25th, August 1st. Performances are rain or shine – if there’s an audience there’s a show.
- Tickets: Free! (Come early to score the best seats)
- More info: call 604-515-0704 or visit www.shadowsanddreams.org