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Hamlet in 42 Seconds? It only happens at Nanaimo’s Shakespeare by the Sea during the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) preformance.

Nanaimo is home to a gorgeous seaside walkway where you will find incredible views of the ocean and classic and contemporary takes on some Shakespeare plays. This summer, the Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts (VISA) performers will bring King Lear and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) to the stage. Stop by the Pioneer Waterfront Plaza from Sept. 15 through 17 for two very different renditions. 

Read our preview of Shakespeare by the Sea here.

Shakespeare by the sea in Nanaimo

Pull up a chair at any or all of the six performances during a selection of afternoon or evening performances.

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Along with that quirky 42-second Hamlet performance, VISA will also blow you away with spoofs, sketches and wild scenes from more of your favourite Shakespeare plays. It will be silly! What would Shakespeare say?

On a more serious note, if you're looking for a tragedy, King Lear will take to the stage in a sweeping tale of intrigue, loyalty, revenge, forgiveness, and of course, civil war. Like many a Shakespeare tale, the lead goes a bit mad when he loses power. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear." You just might want to bring tissues for this tear-jerker.

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Catch gorgeous views of the Nanaimo Harbour during Shakespeare by the Sea

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare can still hook us with his words. Join the Vancouver Island Shakespeare Arts Society as they celebrate his work.

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Where: Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, Nanaimo, B.C.

When: Sept. 15-17, 2017

King Lear – Friday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Monday, 2 p.m. (duration 2 hours), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - TBD

Shakespeare by the sea in Nanaimo

Tickets will be available through the Port Theatre Box office.

General Rush Tickets: $29

Green Tickets – students, 65 + and guests arriving by foot or cycle: $25

Shakespeare by the sea in Nanaimo

If You Go:

Grab a snack while checking out Shakespeare by the Sea. Did you know Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail? If you have time, take a tasty self-guided adventure through the city and sample some treats.

Heading to Nanaimo to catch some Shakespearean shenanigans? Check out these places to stay while visiting.

Read our preview of Shakespeare by the Sea here.

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