Reviews for All the World's a Stage


“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


“I wish to say thank you to Bard on the Beach for the many ways it has enriched the lives of the citizens of Vancouver. When I see those tents go up, I know that positive and good things are about to happen.”

—Philip Owen, former mayor of Vancouver


“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!”

—Rick Antonson, past president and CEO, Tourism Vancouver


“A wonderful, well-deserved love letter to Vancouver’s internationally renowned Bard on the Beach, as well as 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, PhD California State University, Fullerton; editor, (international) Shakespeare Theatre Association’s Quarto


“A lovely book—direct, unpretentious, filled with fact, fun, and anecdote. It is 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 magnificent.”

—Max Wyman, writer, critic, educator, administrator, and actor


“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 for everyone else.”

—Vicki Gabereau, Canadian radio and TV personality and author