Bard in the Barracks is an incorporated non-profit theatre company that was founded in 2006 in Fredericton, where we create theatre on the unsurrendered and unceded traditional lands of Wolastoqiyik.
Bard in the Barracks’ mandate is to produce innovative and entertaining site-specific outdoor productions of the plays of William Shakespeare. Every year, Bard in the Barracks produces works featuring many of Fredericton’s finest actors, musicians, and theatre production personnel, and the company is committed to producing work in an environment where up-and-coming actors can perform alongside, and be mentored by, more seasoned performers.
Bard in the Barracks’ Artistic Director is Len Falkenstein, who is Director of the Drama program at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and also Artistic Director of the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company, whose mandate is to develop and produce new work by New Brunswick dramatists.
In its first three seasons, Bard in the Barracks staged Much Ado About Nothing (2006), Twelfth Night (2007), and As You Like It (2008), all in Barracks Square in downtown Fredericton. In 2009, we began a tradition of staging site-specific promenade-style productions in Odell Park (and more recently the Fredericton Botanic Garden and downtown Fredericton) with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our productions since then have run the gamut of Shakespeare’s works, with our production history as follows:
2011: Macbeth (remount) and King Lear
2012: Love’s Labour’s Lost
2013: The Tempest
2015: Hamlet (remount) and Romeo and Juliet
2017: Richard III and The Comedy of Errors
2018: The Comedy of Errors (remount) and Cymbeline
2019: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure
2021: The Tempest
2022: As You Like It and Julius Caesar
Since 2006 the company has built a large and loyal following, and our annual productions have become one of Fredericton’s summer arts and culture highlights.