"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall"


Check Out Our Poster!

With a little over two weeks remaining before The Adventures of Pericles opens, these beauties are popping up all over town. Our posters are the work of Bard in the Barracks’ long-time graphic designer, the seriously talented Drew Kennickell. They perfectly capture the spirit of adventure and the early 20th century Golden Age of Travel setting of our show, as well as giving you a map of all the fabulous lands you’ll be visiting in Odell Park during the show. Stop, take one in, and check out all the information you need to know about the show, now on our website! Hamlet_Final

The rain it raineth every day.

Alas and alack! Tonight’s preview has been cancelled for rain. Even though it’s not torrential torrents, this day of drizzle has turned Odell into a mucky mess. Plan on coming to see us tomorrow night!

Previews in the park!

Come tonight or tomorrow to our preview performances!
Or wait until the weather clears up, and come see us on Friday for opening night. Starting tonight, we perform every night until July 8th, except Sunday the 1st.

Arrive at the park by 7:15 at latest to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point, and to take in our pre-show entertainment Love on Love featuring vocalist Signa Love. Warm clothing and a blanket or cushion to sit on are recommended.


Don’t forget to pick up some of our Mad Swag, before you make your way to the performance space. Also get sneak peek of the programme, and read the cast and crew bios.

The home stretch!

What a beautiful day for rehearsing a play! Love’s Labour’s Lost opens this Friday, with previews Wednesday and Thursday.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

More photos are up! Check out the gallery, and keep spreading the word!

Sexy Shakespeare

Funny, Sexy Shakespeare:

Love’s Labour’s Lost in Odell Park, June 27-July 8


The countdown is now on. Rehearsals are in full flight, costumes are being fitted, and sets built, all in preparation for Bard in the Barracks seventh annual production, Love’s Labour’s Lost, which will take over Odell Park from June 27-July 8.

Love’s Labour’s Lost is Shakespeare at his funniest and sexiest, a comedy that features a truly unconventional battle of the sexes and some of the Bard’s most priceless comic characters and scenes. In the play, the King of Navarre and three of his male friends take a vow of chastity, promising to see no women and devote themselves entirely to study for four years. No sooner have they taken this oath than the Princess of France and her three comely companions appear at the gates of Navarre on a royal visit. What happens next? Well, you can probably imagine… Meanwhile, the comic complications mount as a fantastical Spaniard and a country swain become embroiled in a battle for the heart of a dairy maid, and a pompous schoolmaster attempts to whip a group of comically inept actors into shape to mount a play for the Princess. If love truly is a battlefield, Love’s Labour’s Lost presents the most absurd and laughable outcomes of the carnage.

This Bard in the Barracks production will have a Mad Men flavor, with the play set in an Ivy League college in the early 60s era of skinny ties, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe. Expect fab fashions and fab music … and maybe even some dancing Soviet spies too!

What else is new this year? You’ll want to arrive early for our pre-show entertainment featuring vocalist Signa Love singing songs of (what else?) love! If you’d like a great meal out before the show, our restaurant partners Isaac’s Way and The Cedar Tree Café are offering special deals on meals for those attending the play. And for those on a budget, special discounted ticket prices will be in effect for our preview performances June 27 and 28. Regular performances run June 29-July 8 at 7:30 PM nightly, except for Canada Day, July 1. Elsewhere on this site you’ll find full ticket and show details, coming soon.

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Photoshoot from last night’s rehearsal

By Popular Demand, Mac is Back!

Macbeth and King Lear featured in Bard in the Barracks’ 2011 Season

Bard in the Barracks’ exciting 2011 season will see the company stage two productions for the first time. A remount of the company’s hit 2010 production of Macbeth in Odell Park will be staged May 28-June 2, in conjunction with Fredericton’s hosting of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Macbeth will be one of the Congress’s featured cultural events, with the show open to conference delegates and members of the general public alike. Later in the summer, our new production of King Lear, the play that many consider Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, will take over Odell Park from June 23 to July 3.

Our 2011 production of Macbeth will be an updated, bigger and better reboot of the show that wowed audiences and drew sellout crowds last year, with an expanded cast, an updated look, and new locations. Set in a dystopian, newly primitive Scotland, the play is a mobile, site-specific production that unfolds at a number of spectacular locations in the park, with audience members led on a torchlit hike from scene to scene through the witch-haunted woods. As night descends and the witching hour approaches, Bard in the Barracks will thrill with supernatural doings and ghostly visitations, live music and epic battle scenes, all performed mere inches from the audience in one of the most unique and spine-tingling stagings you are ever likely to see.

Read on for full Macbeth show details below!

Show dates and time: May 28-June 2, 7:30 PM nightly. Patrons should arrive at the park by 7:15 to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point. Good walking shoes (waterproof if you have them) and warm clothing are recommended.

Tickets: Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.regonline.com/macbeth at a price of $14.50 regular and $10.50 for students. All online purchases carry a service charge of $3.50 per booking (not per ticket). Seating for the play is limited and many of the shows in last year’s run sold out, so advance tickets are recommended. Advance tickets can be purchased for performances up to the day before the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the day of the performance as same-day rush tickets at our box office at Odell Park, beginning at 6:30 PM. Rush tickets will be sold for $14 regular, $10 for students (cash sales only). For information on ticket availability, email nbacts@unb.ca or phone 458-7406 during our regular box office hours (12:30-4:30).

Some other important notes about tickets: advance ticket holders will need to present a printed receipt for their online purchase at the box office for entry to the show. Congress participants who don’t have access to a printer can still get into the show, but will need to present identification. Anyone who purchases student tickets will need to present valid student i.d. for entrance to the show. Finally, if any performances are cancelled due to rain (see below), holders of advance tickets can rebook for another performance and request that an online refund for the rained-out show be processed by emailing nbacts@unb.ca before June 4.

How to get to Odell Park: For the information of our out of town visitors, Odell Park is located approximately 30 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car or taxi west from the UNB/STU campuses. From the base of campus, turn left and follow Beaverbrook Street as it becomes Dundonald Street and then Waggoner’s Lane.  The entrance to the park is at the corner of Waggoner’s Lane and Rookwood Drive, just past the major intersection of Dundonald and Smythe Streets, with our box office located at the top of the main parking lot. Congress participants can also hop on the 6:45 shuttle bus leaving the Student Union Building bound for the Delta Fredericton Hotel. From the Delta, the park is a 5-10 minute walk south along Rookwood Drive.

Food at the Park: Bard in the Barracks operates a concession stand that will sell a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks before the show and at intermission. With no electricity at the park our offerings are limited, however, and patrons looking for a full meal will not find any restaurants at the park or in the immediate vicinity. Show-goers who are pressed for time can pick up a variety of take-away meals at the Atlantic Superstore, located just across the street from the park entrance. Tingley’s, near the corner of Smythe and Dundonald Streets, also houses a Quizno’s Subs outlet.

What to Wear: Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes; clothing that is appropriate for all weather possibilities and suitable for hiking and sitting on the ground. Warm clothing is recommended: though days may be warm, evenings can still be cool, especially under the forest canopy.

What not to Wear: Flipflops, high heels, your finest business or club attire.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain; a blanket or small lightweight camp stool to sit on. Most of the play is best viewed on foot or sitting on the ground.

What not to Bring: Lawnchairs, even the lightweight, foldable kind, will be cumbersome to carry from scene to scene, will not be practical in many locations,and will obstruct the view of fellow audience members. Your dog. You love him; we probably would too. But audience members will be at close quarters and for the safety and comfort of all involved, we ask you to leave Fido at home.

Our rainy weather policy and procedures: Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling the show. We cancel performances very rarely, and only in case of sustained heavy rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time. Because we try to avoid cancellations, decisions on whether to proceed with the show will sometimes not be made until very close to show time. The play will proceed in case of light rain/drizzle, so audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately. For updates on show status, please visit the website or call 458-7406.

If one or more performances are rained out, additional performance(s) may be added to the run. Check our website for updates.

Questions? Contact us at (506) 458-7406 or nbacts@unb.ca. Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reach at lfalken@unb.ca.

Poster Released

Macbeth_poster_2010_thumbPosters for Macbeth in Odell Park have been appearing around town recently.  Tickets are still available at the door or at the Lighthouse, downtown Fredericton.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @notableacts.

Design credit for poster and illustrations goes to Drew Kennickell.  Check out his site at www.drewkennickell.com

The Bard is Back in the Park!

Celebrating their fifth anniversary, Fredericton’s acclaimed Bard in the Barracks returns to Odell Park with their production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Macbeth. Returning to the concept that wowed audiences last year, the play will unfold at a number of spectacular locations in the park, with audience members led from scene to scene. As night descends and the witching hour approaches, Bard in the Barracks will thrill with supernatural doings and ghostly visitations, live music, epic battle scenes, and all the horror and pathos of Shakespeare’s most stirring tragedy.

Read on for full show details here!

2010 Audition Call for Bard in the Barracks: Macbeth

Open auditions will be held for the Bard in the Barracks production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth on May 4th and 5th at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus.

Macbeth, the fifth annual production of Bard in the Barracks, will be performed outdoors (pending final official approval, the production is tentatively slated for Fredericton’s Odell Park). The play will run June 23-July 4 and will be directed by Len Falkenstein. The production will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening hours) beginning the week of May 9.

Auditions are open to the public and roles are available for male and female actors of a variety of ages. Auditions will take place from 8:00-10:30 PM Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5, with callbacks from 8:00-10:30 on Thursday, May 6. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the play beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the play. Appointments are not necessary for the auditions, but those attending should be prepared for the possibility of being on hand for most of the evening, depending on turnout. Actors with some training in any of athletics, dance, martial arts, fencing, acrobatics, and music are especially welcome.

Anyone interested in auditioning who is unable to attend on these dates, or anyone requesting further information, should contact the director at lfalken@unb.ca or 458-7406. Enquiries from persons who may be interested in assisting with the technical demands of the production (stage management, wardrobe, set, props, publicity) are also welcome. All members of the company will receive honorariums for their work on the production.