Thirteen Years of Bard in the Barracks
Bard in the Barracks is an incorporated non-profit theatre company that was founded in 2006. The company’s 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. Bard’s Technical Director is Mike Johnston, Technical Director for Theatre UNB.
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, the company moved to Odell Park with a critically acclaimed promenade staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our other Odell Park productions to date, which typically feature intimate and immersive promenade stagings that lead audiences between different locations in Odell Park, have been Richard III, The Adventurs of Pericles (2016), Hamlet (2014), The Tempest (2013), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2012), King Lear (2011), and Macbeth (2010, remounted 2011). In 2015, the company staged a two-show season to celebrate our past and present, returning to Barracks Square to stage Romeo and Juliet and remounting our critically-acclaimed Hamlet from 2014 in Odell Park. And in 2017 we returned to the Barracks again to stage The Comedy of Errors.
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.
Bard in the Barracks has grown with the support of a number of local businesses, and through partnerships with the company’s major financial supporters, the City of Fredericton, the University of New Brunswick, Picaroon’s Traditional Ales, and Downtown Fredericton, Inc.