About Bard in the Valley

Bard in the Valley celebrates the good works of William Shakespeare by performing his plays. We aim to entertain, educate and honour the timeless stories of the Bard, offering 16 performances at three outdoor venues in Greater Langley — June 29 to July 30, 2017. 11 of the 16 performances are admission-free.

The vision of Bard in the Valley is dedicated to the concept of offering quality productions that are both affordable and accessible to a wide audience, and to nurturing and promoting an enthusiasm for the works of Shakespeare.

Every season more than 50 people volunteer their time and energy and share their talents and expertise to create and stage the play – the actors, crew, technicians, producer, costume designer, set designer, set builder, choreographer, photographer, musical director, front of house coordinator, poster designer, program designer, website coordinator, president and board members are all volunteers.

Since the group’s inception in 2010, Bard in the Valley has presented a Shakespearean production every summer. More than 19,000 people have come to see BIV’s performances in Fort Langley on the lawn in front of the historic community hall, at the Township 7 Winery, and on the Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. In 2017, the number of people in the audience increased by 17% over the previous year for a total of 3200 people.

In addition, every year, Bard in the Valley offers youth theatre workshops for children between the ages of 11 and 15. In 2016 and 2017, the troupe created live, onstage, radio plays that were offered at a number of venues.

Bard in the Valley (BIV) is a registered not-profit society with a goal to stage the works of William Shakespeare, with integrity and professionalism at an annual Festival, in Langley, in the summer.

Remembering Allan Thain

Bard in the Valley was founded by Allan Thain in 2010.

A visionary, Allan directed and co-produced the first two Bard in the Valley productions – A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It.

Allan passed away suddenly in December 2013. We miss his advice, enthusiasm, pithy conversation and sense of humour. His legacy lives on.