Bard on the Beach 2022
The Bard has spoken. Can you identify the play in which these words are writ? Extra points if you know the character …
‘If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here,
While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.’
And from the same play: ‘The course of true love never did run smooth..’
The two artworks below are inspired by the same play …
Joseph Noel Paton. The Reconciliation of Oberon and Titania. 1847
Edwin Landseer. Titania and Bottom. 1848-51
The first quote is spoken by Puck, the second by Lysander. The play: Midsummer’s Night Dream. This late 1500s play of Shakespeare is currently running at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach, now in its 33rd year. Also onstage: Romeo and Juliet.
And – for a special event on September 12th and 13th – the talented UBC Opera Ensemble and members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra will be on the Bard stage performing selections from La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and The Merry Widow.
To learn more, see: Bard On The Beach 2022
Header Photo: Sarah Roa as Puck. Photo + Image Design: Emily Cooper