The Comedy of Errors and Richard III

Show Details: Richard III

Richard III: An Immersive Shakespearean Adventure in Odell Park

A scheming, charismatic politician ascends towards power by systematically eliminating all who stand in his way, at the same time deviously manufacturing popular support for his rule. Once on the throne he turns paranoid and ruthless, enforcing his rule through fear, turning on former friends, and precipitating a popular uprising against him. Our tale, of course, is that of Richard III, king of late medieval England. Who did you think we were talking about?

Our production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about the seductive and deformed arch-villain whose brief and bloody reign ended at Bosworth Field will take audience members on a thrilling adventure, transporting you into a Game of Thrones-like world where intrigue, deceit, and murder happens all around you. You will become Richard’s confidant as he plots his bloody path, and travel with him from scene to scene through  Fredericton’s beautiful and rugged Odell Park to the play’s spectacular battlefield finale!

Read on for full show details below!

Show dates and time: Richard III

Preview performance (with reduced ticket price): Sunday, June 25.

Regular performances: Friday June 30 and nightly from Sunday July 2 through Sunday, July 9.

All performances begin at 7:30 PM, but patrons should arrive at the park by 7:15 or earlier to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point. Good walking shoes, clothing for all weather possibilities, a flashlight, and a blanket to sit on are recommended.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

Show dates and times: The Comedy of Errors

Richard III will run in repertory with our second production, The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square, which will be performed on the following dates:

Preview performance (with reduced ticket price): Thursday June 22 at 7:30 PM.

Evening performances: Friday June 23, Saturday June 24, Tuesday June 27, Wednesday June 28, and Thursday June 29 starting at 7:30 PM.

Matinee performances: Sunday June 25 and Sunday July 2 starting at 2 PM.

Twinbill Shakespeare Sundays!

Are you up for the challenge? In town for only a short time? A true Shakespeare fanatic? Curious to see how the same group of actors handles performing two Shakespeare plays in one day? On Sunday June 25 and Sunday July 2 join us at 2 PM for The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square and at 7:30 PM for Richard III in Odell Park. If you see both plays in one day, there might just be a special reward for you!

Tickets: Tickets are available at the door at our box office by the main parking lot in Odell Park, or can be purchased in advance online from our website.

Ticket Prices:

Single Tickets

Regular performances: $18 regular, $15 for Seniors and the Un/Underwaged, $10 for Students (valid student i.d. required). Children 10 and under are free.

Preview performance*: (June 22): $14 regular, $12 Senior/Unwaged, $8 for Students (valid student i.d. required). Children 10 and under free. Preview tickets are available at the door only.

*Note: Advance tickets purchased online are subject to a $1 (per ticket) service fee.

Twinbill Passes: Attend any regular performances of both The Comedy of Errors and Richard III in Odell Park with one of our twinbill passes and your second show is half price! Twinbill passes are priced at $27 Regular, $22 Senior/Un/Underwaged, and $15 Student, offering a big savings over the price of two single tickets. Passes can be purchased at the door of either production. They cannot be purchased in advance online, but any single ticket purchased online can be converted into a twinbill pass at the door of either production with a cash purchase of your half-price second ticket.

Another Way to Save: Come as a Group Groups of five or more will save $3 per person in the group. Please reserve your group tickets in advance by emailing nbacts@unb.ca to indicate the names of the people in your party and the performance you plan to attend. Please note that student tickets are not eligible for the special group rate.

*FAQ: What is a preview? It’s the final dress rehearsal for the play and first time with an audience for the show, allowing the cast and crew a chance to make final adjustments to the performance.)

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.

Ticket purchases at the door (by main parking lot, Rookwood entrance) are cash only. Advance tickets must be purchased for a specific performance. Audience numbers will be capped should we reach a judged maximum capacity. For this reason, buying advance tickets or showing up early is advisable on fair weather nights in particular. For information on ticket availability, email nbacts@unb.ca or phone 458-7406 during our regular box office hours (12:00-4:00 PM) or 478-1288 after hours.

Advance tickets purchased for rained-out performances can be used for subsequent shows or returned for refund (call or email us to arrange your refund). 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, or can opt for a ticket refund if the stoppage occurs prior to halfway through the show. For more on our weather policy, see below.

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 are always muddy, especially after a rainfall.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain; a blanket, cushion, or small lightweight camp stool to sit on. Because action happens all around the audience, and audiences will be moving location often, lawnchairs will not be very practical for this production and will be cumbersome to carry around, so a stool or cushion is a better option. A small flashlight, if you own one or have one on your cellphone, will come in handy after dark. And bringing your own insect repellent is never a bad idea, as the odd mosquito has been known to inhabit Odell Park… For the same reason, full length pants and long sleeved shirts or light jackets are recommended.

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. Your bike. Please lock it at the rack by the parking lot! And please no smoking during the show.

Is it Suitable for Children?: Richard III features plenty of action and spectacle to keep the younger set interested, but you are the best judge of your child’s interest in a full-length Shakespeare play. The play also contains scenes of violence and effects that may be frightening for some children.

Is the Show Accessible for Those with Physical Challenges? The play is a promenade-style production, with audiences following the action through the park, which is located on a hillside. As compared to some of our previous park productions, Richard III has a smaller footprint and travels through mostly fairly accessible terrain. Audiences will be on the move frequently, but moves will usually be short. Please call or email us if you have questions.

Where to Find Us: For the information of our out-of-town visitors, the main entrance to Odell Park is located at the corner of Waggoner’s Lane and Rookwood Avenue, just west of the major intersection of Dundonald and Smythe Streets, with our box office located at the top of the main parking lot.

Food at the Park: There are no restaurant facilities at Odell Park, so show-goers might want to bring your own snacks and drinks. A concession stand offering some basic snack items and beverages available by donation will also operate at intermission.

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 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 PM). For updates on show status, please call our office at 506 458-7406, or one of our company cell phones (478-1288 or 238-3038) after office hours. 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 (or post-Tropical Storms … not that that has ever happened before…), an additional performance may be added to the run on Monday, July 10. 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 or nbacts@unb.ca. Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reached at lfalken@unb.ca.