Show details

Bard in the Barracks presents

Bard in the Garden:

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

in the Fredericton Botanic Garden

The Tempest is a timeless tale that conjures high drama, low comedy, and first love. Twelve years ago the powerful sorcerer Prospero was overthrown as ruler of Milan and exiled to a barren planet. Now Prospero, with the aid of her trusty cyborg companion Ariel, has raised an interstellar storm that has brought a spaceship carrying all those who conspired against her to the planet. With her enemies at her mercy, will Prospero choose the path of vengeance or forgiveness?

Bard in the Barracks’ The Tempest faithfully transports Shakespeare’s Renaissance tale of exploration and discovery from the distant past to the distant future, in a production that pays loving homage to early science fiction cinema and TV series of the 1950s-60s. Audiences will be taken on a sunset walking tour of the beautiful Fredericton Botanic Garden while the action of The Tempest unfolds all around them, replete with magic and wonders both theatrical and natural.

Read on for full show details below!

Show dates and time:

Reduced price preview performance: Tuesday, June 22

Regular performances: Nightly Thursday, June 24 through Sunday July 4, except no show Wednesday, June 30.  

All performances begin at 8:00 PM, but patrons should arrive at the Prospect Street entrance of the Botanic Garden by 7:40 to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point and check in at our ticket desk. Bring good walking shoes, layered clothing for all weather possibilities, insect repellent, a blanket to sit on, and your own drinks and snacks.

Run time: Approximately 100 minutes, with no intermission.

Tickets: With a limited number of tickets available for each performance due to COVID-19 restrictions, advance ticket purchase is recommended. Unsold tickets for individual performances will be available at the door (cash only) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/bard-in-the-barracks-33541233539

Ticket Prices:

Regular performances:

$20 Regular

$15 Seniors Un/Underwaged

$12 Students (valid student i.d. required).

Children 9 and under: Free.

Family pass: $50 (any group of 3 or 4 related persons including at least one student).

Preview performance (June 22):

$15 Regular

$10 Seniors Un/Underwaged

$8 Students (valid student i.d. required).

Children 9 and under: Free.

Family pass: $40 (any group of 3 or 4 related persons including at least one student).

Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/bard-in-the-barracks-33541233539

FAQ: What is “Un/Underwaged”? If you would like to see the show but owing to your employment/financial situation you feel you cannot afford the full ticket price and would appreciate a small discount, you can identify as such, no questions asked.

Advance tickets must be purchased for a specific performance, with a limited number of seats available for each night owing to COVID restrictions and venue capacity. Advance tickets will be available until 7 PM on the day of the performance—after that, tickets will only be available at the performance. Ticket purchases at the door are cash only. For information on ticket availability, phone 506-545-8214 or email mwalker6@unb.ca.

Advance tickets purchased for rained-out performances will be refunded and patrons will be able to rebook for another performance. If rain forces the cancellation of a performance already in progress, audience members can use their ticket stub for free admittance to a subsequent performance (depending on ticket availability), or can opt for a ticket refund and rebook for a subsequent performance if the stoppage occurs prior to one hour into the show. For more on our weather policy, see below. Requests for non-weather-related cancellations or exchanges will be accommodated until 24 hours prior to showtime.

What to Wear: Clothing that is appropriate for all weather possibilities and suitable for sitting on the ground. Dress in layers: though days may be warm, evenings can still be cool, especially under the forest canopy. We highly recommend footwear that is some form of running shoe or hiking boot as opposed to sandals or flip-flops, as the play travels through some rough terrain and some areas that can be muddy, especially after a rainfall.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain (no umbrellas please); a blanket, cushion, or small lightweight camp stool to sit on. Because action happens in areas with uneven terrain and audiences will be moving between locations often, lawnchairs will not be very practical for this production and will be cumbersome to carry around, so a stool or blanket is a better option. Insect repellent for protection against mosquitoes and ticks is a good idea, and for the same reason, full length pants and long-sleeved shirts or light jackets are recommended. Drinks and snacks: this year’s show is not that long, but if you need something to eat or drink to get you through it, please bring your own, as we won’t be able to offer anything this year on account of COVID restrictions. There is also no water fountain at the Botanic Garden.

Please note that washroom facilities at the Botanic Garden will be limited to one portable toilet, as there are no public washrooms at the Garden. So we recommend you go before you come!

What Not to Bring: 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. A lot of stuff. You’ll be moving around frequently during the show, so having a lot of backpacks, bags, etc. to carry with you will get tiresome.And please no smoking or vaping during the show.

COVID-19 Protocols: (Subject to change). Audience members will need to wear masks at our ticket desk and at all times when moving between scene locations. A system to ensure physical distancing at scene locations will be in place, and dependent on current regulations at performance time, audience members may also need to wear masks while seated during some or all scenes of the play. Hand sanitizer will be available at our ticket desk and at washroom.

Is the Show Accessible for Those with Physical Challenges? The play is a promenade-style production, with audiences following the action through the Garden, which is located on a gentle hillside. As compared to some of our previous productions, The Tempest has a smaller footprint and travels through mostly fairly accessible terrain, though anyone in a wheelchair may need assistance at some points. Audiences will be on the move frequently, but moves will be short. Please call or email us if you have questions.

Where to Find Us: The entrance to the Fredericton Botanic Garden is located on the north side of Prospect Street between Hanwell Road and Smythe Street. Signage will guide you from the parking lot to our ticket desk and start of play location. Allow ten minutes to get from the parking lot to where the play begins. If you are biking or on foot, you can also get to the Botanic Garden via trails through Odell Park. Consult our trail map before setting out.

Our rainy weather policy and procedures: Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling the show. We cancel performances rarely, and only in case of sustained rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time. Rain earlier in the day will not cause show cancellations, but bring a blanket so you don’t have to sit on wet ground. The play will go ahead in case of intermittent light rain/drizzle, so audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately.

Because we try to avoid cancellations, decisions on whether to proceed with the show will sometimes not be made until quite close to show time (around 7:30 PM). For updates on show status, please call 506-545-8214. Weather-related show updates will also be sent out via Twitter (follow us: @BardBarracks), Facebook, and posted on this website.

In the event of rainouts on the final weekend of the show, an additional performance may be added to the run on Monday, July 5. Check this site for updates. Better yet, come see the show early on to avoid final weekend rainout heartbreak!

Questions? Contact us at (506) 458-7406 (for non-box office queries). Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reached at lfalken@unb.ca.