All the World’s a Stage: The Story of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach

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Every once in a while a topic and a writer align perfectly. Seagrave’s book is a must for all who marvel at Bard on the Beach and muse about the magic behind its success. A great read for those days between attending performances at the Festival!

 Rick Antonson, past President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver



This is a love story. The story of a man whose love for performance and the written word, supported by a talented troupe of actors, dedicated professionals and a legion of enthusiastic volunteers, has fostered that love and shaped it into one of this country’s great festivals.

Rick Cluff, Host, The Early Edition, CBC Radio, Vancouver



Every summer my English grandchildren come to Vancouver and the first thing on their list of adventures is to check out what’s playing at Bard on the Beach.  All the World’s A Stage is the perfect gift, for them, for me and everyone else.

 Vicki Gabereau, Canadian radio and TV personality and author



A wonderful, well-deserved love-letter to Vancouver’s internationally renowned Bard on the Beach; it’s also a savvy textbook on how to start and develop a world-class theatre and engage an audience and community. A must-read for every ambitious arts producer.

 Jim Volz, Ph.D., California State University, Fullerton; Editor, (International) Shakespeare Theatre Association’s QUARTO



A lovely book—direct, unpretentious, filled with fact, fun and anecdote; not just for the friends and faithful followers of Bard, who are legion, but for anyone interested in an object lesson in imagining the improbable and making it the magnificent.

 Max Wyman, writer, critic, educator, administrator & actor