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Prince Hal (Alessandro Juliani) fights with Hotspur (Bob Frazer) in FALSTAFF at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2010.

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Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival has announced details for its upcoming season.

This year's festival will open on the mainstage with As You Like It, directed by David Mckay. Rachel Ditor will direct a mainstage production of The Merchant of Venice.

In the smaller Douglas Campbell Studio Stage tent, the festival will conclude its 3-year The Kings history cycle with Henry VI: The Wars of the Roses. Directed by Christopher Weddell, Henry VI is his adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts I, II and III. And Kathryn Shaw directs Richard III.

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The 2011 season will be the first in the new, larger mainstage tent - which will increase capacity by 40 per cent and introduce reserved seating to the festival.

Performances begin June 2 and run until September 24.

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