Once you have become a fan of The Bard, you will always look forward to seeing more Shakespeare productions. Fortunately, living in Toronto, we have easy access to the world-renown Stratford Festival, that features at least two Shakespeare plays each year. Below, you’ll find Shakespeare performances in Toronto and Stratford 2016.
The Stratford Festival
In 2016, The Stratford Festival will be performing two Shakespeare plays including Macbeth and As You Like It at the Festival Theatre. Macbeth will be performed from May 3, 2016 to October 23, 2016 while As You Like It will be performed from May 16, 2016 to October 22, 2016. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Stratford Direct bus is $25 return and leaves the InterContinental Toronto Centre, 255 Front Street West at 10 a.m. on performance days from May 3, 2016 to October 30, 2016. There is an additional bus run at 3 p.m. (except Sundays) from May 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016. The bus leaves Stratford at 5 p.m. on performance days from May 3, 2016 to October 30, 2016. Additional bus run at 11 p.m. (except Sundays) from May 31, 2016 to October 1, 2016.
Shakespeare in High Park
Canadian Stage will perform Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well on alternating evenings from June 30, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Hamlet is directed by Birgit Schreyer Duarte and All’s Well That Ends Well is directed by Ted Witzel. Hamlet will be performed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. while All’s Well That Ends Well will be performed on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 8 p.m. Pack a picnic dinner and bring a blanket and socks for cool evenings. General admission tickets (with seating on the hill) are Pay-What-You-Can. Premium tickets, which can be booked online in advance, are Adults $25 and Children (14 and under) Free. High Park is located at 1873 Bloor Street West. If you can park at the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot in High Park, you’ll just have to walk down the path to the High Park Amphitheatre.
Shakespeare in The Ruff
Shakespeare in The Ruff will be performing William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Withrow Park in Toronto’s Riverdale from August 16 to September 4, 2016. Directed by Andrea Donaldson, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Bring food and beverages for a picnic dinner. Limited chairs and blankets are available, but you are recommended to bring your own to ensure you have seating. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a recommended donation of $15.
Taking in a Shakespeare play at the Stratford Festival, High Park or Withrow Park has been a Toronto tradition for theatre lovers. I hope you get a chance to see Shakespeare performances in Toronto and Stratford 2016.