Bard on the Beach 2020 season to span a female King Henry and an Industrial Revolution-set A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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      A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in the Industrial Revolution and a Lois Anderson–directed version of the epic Henry V: those are two of the highlights from the just-announced Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2020 season.

      Long-time Bard on the Beach actor and director Scott Bellis will helm the new version of festival classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which runs June 11 to September 26, 2020.

      For her bold new Henry V, Anderson makes gender-crossing twist, casting Kate Besworth as King Henry. Anderson drew raves for her spaghetti-western-set The Taming of the Shrew this year, and last season's Lysistrata. At this year's Bard on the Beach, the festival also saw a version of Coriolanus that switched the lead from a male to female (Moya O'Connell). Henry V runs from June 12 to September 20, 2020.

      The Love's Labour's Lost set in 1920s Chicago, a hit at the 2015 fest (seen here), gets a remount for 2020.
      David Blue

      Advance sales of 2020 Bard Season Packs start today, with Flex Packs going on sale in November, and single tickets in early April 2020, via the company's website or the Bard Box Office at 604-739-0559.

      Meanwhile, the 2019 roster of shows continues at Bard on the Beach till the season closes September 21.