Internet Shakespeare Editions

Events: A Chronological Listing

Shakespeare onstage-offstage

September 10 - October 10
As You Are Like It

Greater Victoria Public Library
 Online - www.gvpl.ca
 

An online trivia contest for adults and teens! In the mood for lust, temptation, battle, and revenge? Take the quiz to see which Shakespearean character you most resemble. Prizes provided by Pacific Opera and the Belfry Theatre.

Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca   lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

 
September 14 from 11 am - 12 pm
B4Play

The Belfry Theatre & CBC Radio
  1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria BC, V8T 1G5
  Admission: Free, first come, first served / Limited seating

Join CBC Radio's Gregor Craigie for a live talk show featuring Ron Jenkins (Director), Daniela Vlaskalic (Constance Ledbelly) and Dr. Janelle Jenstad (on Adaptation and the Fool) and Dr. Gary Kuchar (on Alchemy) from the University of Victoria's English Department. Free Event.

Event Contact Media Contact
Erin Macklem   Mark Dusseault
250 385 6835   250 385 6835
associate@belfry.bc.ca  pr@belfry.bc.ca   

  

September 16–November 29
Falstaff and Music

UVic Library
Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library, UVic, Special Collections / lower level Room A005
  Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Shakespeare's character of Falstaff has inspired composers over the centuries. Trace Falstaff's history through this exhibit of rare books, scores, and performance artifacts from the University of Victoria's Special Collections. Free and open to the public.
  See www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events 

  

September 17–October 20
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Avenue)
  Admission: Prices range from $25 - $40.  Student & Senior discounts available. Call 250-385-6815 or online at www.belfry.bc.ca

Celebrated novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald (Fall on Your Knees and the Belfry musical Anything That Moves) goes nose-to-nose with the Bard in this delicious romp through time and space. When a lovelorn academic – convinced that Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet were intended to be comedies – is transported into the middle of these masterpieces, she begins a comic journey that proves that Romeo, Juliet, Othello and Desdemona ain't what they used be. And neither is our heroine!

Event Contact Media Contact
Erin Macklem   Mark Dusseault
250 385 6835   250 385 6835
associate@belfry.bc.ca  pr@belfry.bc.ca   

 
Saturday, September 21 from 11am - 12pm
Shakespeare Onstage Offstage Launch

Greater Victoria Public Library with Pacific Opera Victoria & the Belfry Theatre
  Central Branch (735 Broughton St)
  Admission: Free

Let the fun begin! Join us in the courtyard as we celebrate the launch of Shakespeare Onstage Offstage with a Bard-based Booksmack and other Shakespeare snippets from song and stage.

Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca   lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

 
September 21–October 23 / Wednesday–Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Shakespeare's "Big Books"

  Legacy Art Gallery (630 Yates Street)

The Shakespeare First Folio (courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto) is the first collected edition of his plays. Discover why these iconic books have held people's fascination through the centuries, and see all four 17th-century folios together for the first time in BC. Free and open to the public.
  See www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events

 
Monday, September 23 at 7 pm
Music and Shakespeare. . . with the Maestro

Pacific Opera Victoria at the Belfry Theatre
  The Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Ave)
  Admission: Free

Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria, speaks about the Bard and the composers he inspired.

Event Contact
Janet Lewis
250 382 1641
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   

 
Tuesday, September 24 / Bruce Hutchison Branch (4636 Elk Lake Drive)
Friday, September 27 / Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill Road)
Tuesday, October 1 / Juan de Fuca Branch (1759 Island Highway)
Friday, October 4 / Esquimalt Branch (1231 Esquimalt Road)
12 – 12:45 pm
Belfry at the Library

Belfry Theatre with the Greater Victoria Public Library
Admission: Free / Register online at www.gvpl.ca

This season the Belfry Theatre is partnering with the Greater Victoria Public Library and coming to a branch in your neighbourhood. Join us for a casual lunchtime chat with an actor from the Belfry's production of Ann-Marie MacDonald's "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)" and a special guest expert from the community.

Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca    lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

 
September 27 at 7 pm
The Libraries of the National Trust: A Grand Tour

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library, UVic, Main Floor/Room 129
  Admission: Free and open to the public

As we launch the first University of Victoria Libraries Annual Lecture, join Mark Purcell, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society, for a tour of the private libraries of the land of Shakespeare.
  See www.uvic.ca/library/featured/events  

 
September 28
Living Library of the Arts for Culture Days

Greater Victoria Public Library with Pacific Opera Victoria & the Belfry Theatre
  Central Branch (735 Broughton St) from 1 – 3 pm
  Juan de Fuca Branch (1759 Island Hwy) from 2 – 4 pm
  Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill Rd) from 3 – 5 pm
Admission: Free, first come, first served / Limited seating

Check out a living book for your chance to have a conversation with members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus as well as performers, artists, and behind the scenes names that make up Victoria's diverse artistic community.

Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca   lrobertson@gvpl.ca    

Saturday, September 28 from 10 am – 1 pm
Culture Days: Shakespeare Couture - Shakespeare and Music

Belfry Theatre with Pacific Opera Victoria
  Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Ave)
  Admission: Free

Come and celebrate Culture Days by reaching into our tickle trunk to create your favourite Shakespeare character and strike a pose for our Shakespeare Fashion Shoot.  Join members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus for an exploration of the Bard's works in voice and music.

Event Contact Event Contact Event Contact
Janet Lewis   Ian Rye   Erin Macklem
250 382 1641   250 382 1641   250 385 6835
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   irye@pov.bc.ca  associate@belfry.bc.ca   

September 30 at 7:30 pm
Booksmack!

Belfry Theatre with the Greater Victoria Public Library
  Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Avenue)
  Admission: Free

Enjoy a raucous evening at the Belfry Theatre with GVPL's finest as they get loud and lively about their favourite books and DVDs. One round will be dedicated to books by and about the Bard.

Event Contact Event Contact
Erin Macklem   Jennifer Rowan
250 385 6835   250 382 7341 ext 224
associate@belfry.bc.ca jrowan@gvpl.ca   

Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm
Historic Brewing and Beer Tasting

Pacific Opera Victoria with Hoyne Brewing Company
  Vista 18 at the Chateau Victoria Hotel (740 Burdett Avenue)
  Admission: $10 per person.  RSVP at Pacific Opera Victoria, 250-382-1641

Join Joe Wiebe, author of Craft Beer Revolution, and Sean Hoyne, Brewmaster, Hoyne Brewing Co., for a lively presentation of historic brewing tales and techniques from the Renaissance of beer and the Bard, all while sampling Hoyne’s seasonal Falstaff Ale, specially created by Sean Hoyne and available at fine local establishments this fall.

Event Contact
Janet Lewis
250 382 1641
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   

Saturday, October 5 from 2 – 3 pm
Behind the Scenes with Pacific Opera: Verdi's Falstaff

Greater Victoria Public Library with Pacific Opera Victoria
  Central Branch (735 Broughton St)
  Admission: Free / Register online at www.gvpl.ca

Meet a leading artist from Pacific Opera's production of Falstaff in a lively public interview format. Explore the bard from the perspective of a performer, and discover how in opera; it ain't over 'til the portly gentleman sings!

Event Contact Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Ian Rye   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 382 1641   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca  irye@pov.bc.ca  lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

Saturday, October 5 at 7 pm
Sweet Harmony: A Recital of Shakespeare in Song

Pacific Opera Victoria
  Victoria Conservatory of Music, Wood Hall, (907 Pandora Avenue)
  Admission: Free event / Limited seating / RSVP to Pacific Opera Victoria at 250-382-1641

Join Robert Holliston (Principal Coach at POV) and soloists from the Pacific Opera Chorus for an evening of Shakespeare inspired song.

Event Contact
Janet Lewis
250 382 1641
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   

Sunday, October 6. Lecture at 12 noon.
Inside Opera - Falstaff [note updated time and venue!]

Pacific Opera Victoria; University of Victoria Libraries, English Department, and Art Gallery
  McPherson Theatre, #3 Centennial Square
  Reception follows. RSVP at Pacific Opera Victoria 250-382-1641

Enjoy a presentation and performances of music from Verdi's Falstaff with the incomparable (and sometimes irreverent) Robert Holliston and guests. Following the event, please join us at the Legacy Gallery, two blocks from the theatre at 630 Yates St for a tour of the Shakespeare's Big Books exhibit.

Event Contact
Janet Lewis
250 382 1641
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   

October 7 at 7 pm
Shakespeare in Performance

Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Avenue)
  Admission: Free

The Belfry Theatre's Artistic Director, Michael Shamata, has directed over a dozen productions of Shakespeare. Join him for a talk about the clues and directions embedded in Shakespeare's texts.

Event Contact Media Contact
Erin Macklem   Mark Dusseault
250 385 6835   250 385 6835
associate@belfry.bc.ca pr@belfry.bc.ca   

October 17, 19, 23, 25 at 8 pm. October 27 at 2:30 pm
Verdi's Falstaff

Pacific Opera Victoria
  The Royal Theatre (805 Broughton Street)
  Admission: Prices range from $40 - $125.  Student & Senior discounts available. Call 250-385-0222 or online at www.pov.bc.ca/falstaff.html

How better to mark Verdi's bicentennial than with the old man's glorious parting shot – the greatest comedy in the Italian repertoire. Here is Verdi at the top of his game! About to turn 80, he gave us his last laugh – his first comedy in a half century, written for the sheer joy of it – a rich, layered feast about another old man who faces the indignities of age with irrepressible good humour.
Shakespeare may have invented the character of Sir John Falstaff, but the portly, hard-drinking, womanizing scoundrel is the perfect fit for opera: he lives life large.
Falstaff is a prodigious celebration of laughter and human resilience, with a miraculous score and a dizzying wealth of melody – it is in every way monumental.

Event Contact
Janet Lewis
250 382 1641
jlewis@pov.bc.ca   

Saturday, October 19 from 2 – 3 pm
Behind the Scenes with Pacific Opera: Verdi's Falstaff in Costume

Greater Victoria Public Library with Pacific Opera Victoria
  Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill Rd)
  Admission: Free / Register online at www.gvpl.ca

Observe the wig and makeup artists from Pacific Opera's production of Falstaff as they transform a willing subject into a portly, hard-drinking, large-living, womanizing scoundrel!

Event Contact Event Contact Media Contact
Jennifer Rowan   Ian Rye   Linda Robertson
250 382 7341 ext 224   250 382 1641   250 413 0356
jrowan@gvpl.ca  irye@pov.bc.ca  lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

Saturday, October 25 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Falstaff for Kids

Greater Victoria Public Library with Pacific Opera Victoria
Central Branch (735 Broughton St)
  Admission: Free / Register online at www.gvpl.ca

For ages 6-9. Explore Shakespearean comedy and drama with Pacific Opera Victoria! Learn to project the voice for speech and song and perform in a mini play about the portly scoundrel Sir John Falstaff. Family and caregivers are welcome to attend the last ten minutes of the program to observe the mini play. Register online or call your local branch for more information. Registration begins September 3.

Event Contact Media Contact
Tracy Kendrick   Linda Robertson
250 382 7241   250 413 0356
tkendrick@gvpl.ca  lrobertson@gvpl.ca   

Saturday, October 25 from 9 am -11 pm (times are approximate)
Pro-D Day Teacher Workshop

Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch (735 Broughton St)
  Admission: No charge, but limited to British Columbia school teachers. Registration begins September 3 at www.gvpl.ca. Call the Greater Victoria Public Library at 250-382-7241 ext 601 for more information

Pacific Opera Victoria, the University of Victoria Department of English, and the Greater Victoria Public Library will offer a special Professional Development Day opportunity for BC high school teachers. 

Join Erin E. Kelly (University of Victoria) for a workshop on resources for teaching Shakespeare in performance. Take a tour of rare books and performance artifacts curated by Janelle Jenstad (Internet Shakespeare Editions / University of Victoria). Enjoy a guided tour of original Folios at the Legacy Gallery (collection from the Legislative Library and the University of Toronto). 

Take in a lecture by music historian Robert Holliston and observe a performance of Verdi's Falstaff conducted by Timothy Vernon (Pacific Opera Victoria).

Event Contact  Media Contact
Tracy Kendrick   Linda Robertson
250 382 7241   250 413 0356
tkendrick@gvpl.ca  lrobertson@gvpl.ca   


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