What a fantastic performance.
Where do I start. My wife and I live just outside London and
we go tothe theatre regularly to see all the top shows and
this one equaled any we have seen.
First I must congratulate the director in his casting and in
doing this I will pick out some of the performers and
I know that a show is a team effort but for me Cassius
was exceptional. She was so evil and conniving and
underhanded that we all fell in love with her. Although I
knew the play well, I even hoped that she would not die,
that somehow the director would alter the original script to
let her live. The woman sitting beside me even cried when
Cassius was killed.
Brutus was superb, changing from being Caesar's
friend to being led into the conspiracy, then finally
regretting his part. He was so believable and he portrayed
Brutus as he was in real life.
I was an ancient history buff in my youth and Caesar
was one of my heroes however, as acted, in the play, so
pompous, I wanted him to be murdered.
What do I say about Mark Anthony. She started off as
a non-entity, so ineffectual that I could not see any way
she could give the "Friends, Romans and countrymen....."
speech with any meaning, but boy was I wrong. She was
amazing. She changed into this figure of power and strength
before our eyes so much so that even I, as a member of the
audience, wanted to get up and cheer her.
Cinna terrified me from the start. She was so
menacing and the scene where she faced off against a spear
with just a dagger in her hand was so realistic it was
The fight/battle scenes were immensely powerful but the
murder of Caesar eclipsed them all. It was horrifying to say
the least, so well acted and again so believable.
The face decoration was a stroke of genius, it highlighted
the players so well, especially in the case of Cassius.
I have not mentioned every member of the cast because I
would run out of steam but suffice to say they were all
Many thanks Diane for telling me about the show. When we
return to Vancouver, which we tend to do every year, we will
certainly put Bard in the Valley on our list of things to
Bard in the Valley (BIV)
is a registered non-profit society with a goal to stage the works of
William Shakespeare along with other contemporary playwrights with
integrity and professionalism at an annual summer festival in both
the City and the Township of Langley.
The Bard in the Valley Society also is dedicated to the concept
of making these performances both affordable and available to
wide audience, and to nurture and promote an enthusiasm for the
works of Shakespeare and other playwrights. Admission is FREE to
the performances on the Spirit Square Stage at Douglas Park in the
City of Langley and in Fort Langley on the lawn in front of the
Historic Community Hall.
We believe in “One Goal – One Passion – Shakespeare For
Bard in the Valley also features a youth component: Theatrical
training and youth workshops are offered as part of the
commitment to the community.
Bard in the Valley is pleased to announce
this year’s production is Shakespeare's
which will be directed by Langley
native, Darcy J Knopp. Knopp performed lead roles in BIV’s first
two productions. While attending the University of the Fraser
Valley he appeared in 12 main-stages that included seven
Shakespeare plays. He directed five shows at the Directors’
Festival -- four of which were scripts he wrote. Two of those
productions were selected to perform at the Harrison Festival of
Admission is by donation. Bring a picnic, a blanket, your deck
chairs and your whole family to enjoy this delightful outdoor
to join the BIV team and help with costumes, props, lights and
sound, set construction or set moving, please contact producer
Diane Gendron at