Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review. And now for something completely different—a romantic comedy—The Taming of the Shrew. Having viewed both shows, it becomes evident how the repertory model is reaping benefits—for the actors as they stretch their creative muscles, and for the festival in the quality of the work produced. Deft of speech and swift of feet These players most assurèd be. The troupe … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review. I love summer! It offers myriad opportunities to spend time outdoors, enjoying concerts, movies, and performances of dance and theatre. I particularly enjoy spending warm summer nights on the lawns of Camosun College for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (produced by the Victoria Shakespeare Society). There is truly something magical about being gathered together in … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014-interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014—interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director. Now in its 24th year, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (GVSF)—founded in 1991 by Clayton Jevne of Theatre Inconnu as a summer festival in downtown Victoria and produced since 2003 by the Victoria Shakespeare Society—presents Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew on the Camas stage at Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus.  Earlier this year … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival announces 2014 season.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival announces 2014 season and a new acting programme. I've been a Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival volunteer for a number of  seasons, and a great fan of the Victoria Shakespeare Society (the producers of the festival).  2014 marks a new era for both, as long serving Artistic Director Michael Glover steps down, and Karen Lee Pickett takes the reins as Artistic Director and Festival Producer (a role she … [Read more...]

Shakespeare in Film a fundraiser for The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival

The Victoria Shakespeare Society, producer of The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, announces their first film festival as a fundraiser for the festival. The works and life of William Shakespeare have been portrayed on film in many various and exciting ways, and continue to have a lasting impact. To celebrate Shakespeare’s influence and to raise funds for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, for three Saturdays this fall, the … [Read more...]

Treat your Valentine to Shakespeare in Love: Love Scenes from Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Love: Love Scenes from Shakespeare at Craigdarroch Castle doth pleaseth mightily. Hurry hence to purchase tickets plenty, for happy your love will be.  Hark – Valentine’s Day approacheth, here’s a gift most rare. Yonder fair castle, and within its oak-ed walls and rooms, thespians talented doth strut, proclaiming venerated Bard’s songs and sonnets. All jesting aside – for my prowess with iambic pentameter is to be questioned – … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre in Victoria BC 2012

A wonderful summer of theatre awaits with productions by Theatre Inconnu and Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre underway.  What do you plan to see from the shows outlined below?  Will some skillful scheduling, I hope to take them all in! JUNE The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh Theatre Inconnu June 1 – 16 It’s 11 o’clock in the morning in a council flat on the Walworth Road. In two hours’ time, as is normal, three Irish men will have consumed six … [Read more...]

A Summer of Shakespeare in Victoria BC – 2012

The summer of 2012 will see not one, not two, but THREE Shakespeare companies develop shows for your viewing pleasure. Joining the veteran Greater Victoria Shakespeare Society, will be Keep It Simple Productions, now in their sophmore year, and for the first time, Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea.  Whether you are a fan of the histories, tragedies, or comedies - there is an offering for you.  You can stretch out on a blanket outdoors, chose to … [Read more...]

Victoria Shakespeare 2012 – Live Outdoor Summer Theatre

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of volunteering for the Victoria Shakespeare Society during their summer season. It was so much fun, I've become a regular.  Although the society has been a vital part of summer arts programming in the capital region since 2003 (in this incarnation), it wasn't until the summer of 2009, when a friend of my son’s was in Julius Caesar, that we wandered up the hill to the grounds of Camosun College. You can read … [Read more...]

Shakespeare in the Summer – Victoria BC

The crowd settles in, having gathered blankets, chairs and cushions along the way. Regulars carry extra layers of clothing, including hats, and  even mitts, for evenings outdoors can be brisk in Victoria in July and August. We gather in a field close to a rocky outcropping and Garry Oak meadow remnant at Camosun College, Landsdowne Campus, for Shakespeare in the Summer by the Victoria Shakespeare Society. Families take advantage of free … [Read more...]