Bard on the Beach

Outdoor Shakespeare at Balmoral Beach is not new.


In 1987 Dr David MacSwan directed the first season of what would be a quarter of century of outdoor Shakespeare. Shakespeare by the Sea ran from 1987 until 2011 bringing together actors from all over Australia, mixing experienced performers with up and coming actors. Shakespeare by the Sea was a benchmark for outdoor Shakespeare in Sydney with many other companies following the lead set by Dr. MacSwan.


Bard on the Beach is a new, exciting and vibrant Shakespeare company, which was formed to fill the gap left by the closing of ‘Shakespeare by the Sea’ (SBTS). Bard on the Beach was created by former actors of Shakespeare by the Sea who believe in entertainment and being true to the Shakespearean language. For 25 years SBTS brought the magic and wonder of live outdoor Shakespeare performances to audiences over the summer, while they picnicked under the stars at Balmoral Beach. Sadly, at the beginning of the 2011 season, the founder of Shakespeare By The Sea, and our dear friend, Dr. David Finlayson MacSwan passed away. For all his effort and love, we thank him.


Dr. David McSwan had always dreamed that Shakespeare would be performed in all its glory, at Balmoral Beach. And so, Bard on the Beach was created. Our aim is to honour David’s legacy, and to continue to bring the works of the world's greatest playwright to life as intended: raw and outside, on Sydney’s beautiful foreshores, and beyond.

© 2015 Bard on the Beach