Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach

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With just over a month left for this year’s Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park, we spent 69 Seconds With Christopher Gaze, founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

01.Your first job.
In the linen department at Chistmas time in a department store called Harvey’s of Guilford, in Surrey, England, when I was fourteen – I was deeply unsuccessful and they moved me to the Electrical department where I was much happier and more useful.

02.The job you wanted as a child.
To be an actor.

03.What gets you up in the morning?
The astonishing excitement of the day, the morning papers and my darling wife.

04.What puts you to sleep at night?
The crossword and a gentle kiss.

05.Favourite stage play of all time.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

06.Favourite song and/or artist.
“Bring him home” from Les Miserables

07.One word your best friend would use to describe you.
I hope it would be “he is fun and he is kind”.

08.The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss.
Apart from Bard on the Beach … a walk around False Creek – especially Granville Island and the new Olympic Village. Really wonderful.

09.Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I…
I run in Stanley Park with Jennifer and then we have coffee and read the papers at Delaney’s on Denman. Bliss.

MEET Christopher gaze

Christopher GazeChristopher Gaze is best known as founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009, the Festival is one of North America’s most successful cultural events, attracting more than 87,000 patrons annually.

Born in England, Christopher trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has performed in England, the USA and across Canada. Last summer at Bard he starred as King Lear and this season he plays Solinus in The Comedy of Errors. Christopher also hosts Vancouver Symphony’s Tea & Trumpets series and their annual Christmas concerts.

He has been honoured with: a Jessie for his role in Equus at The Playhouse, induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, Honorary Doctorates from UBC and SFU, the BC Community Achievement Award, and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Gold Medallion.

A gifted public speaker, Christopher frequently shares his insights on Shakespeare and theatre with students, service organizations and businesses.


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