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MUST CLOSE SEPT 2
Now in its 36th season of outdoor theatre magic, Shakespeare in High Park presents adventurous adaptations of two of the Bard's most popular and enduring works. The tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet and the frolicking comedy of A Midsummer Night's Dream immerse you in tales of rebellious love in the face of authority — the best way to spend a summer night in Toronto, and the official start to our 18.19 season.

"A must-see summer attraction in Toronto and one of the most successful festivals of its kind in Canada"

- THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Info

  • Pay-What-You-Can or reserve a premium seat online
  • Location: High Park Amphitheatre
  • Performances (R&J): Tue, Thu, Sat @ 8pm
  • Performances (Dream): Wed, Fri, Sun @ 8pm
  • Run Time: Approx. 1h40 (no intermission)
  • Audience Advisory: Prop firearm and gunshot sound effect (R&J), simulated smoking (R&J, Dream)
  • Premium seat reservations held until 7:45pm

Creative Team


Director
(Romeo and Juliet)
Frank Cox-O'Connell

Assistant Director
(Romeo and Juliet)
Carly Chamberlain

Director
(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Tanja Jacobs

Set & Lighting Designer
Ken MacKenzie

Sound Designer
James Bunton

Costume Designer
(Romeo and Juliet)
Shannon Lea Doyle

Costume Designer
(A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Victoria Wallace

Composer
(Romeo and Juliet)
Andrew Penner

Fight Director
Simon Fon

Production Stage Manager
Kristin McCollum

Stage Manager
Krista MacIsaac

Assistant Stage Manager
Sandi Becker

Apprentice Stage Managers
Andreane Christiansen
Taryn Dougall

Cast


Capulet/Egeus
Gordon Bolan

MONTAGUE, FRIAR LAWRENCE/OBERON, BOTTOM
Jason Cadieux

Juliet/Helena
Rachel Cairns

PARIS/STARVELING, MUSTARDSEED
Frank Chung

Tybalt/Demetrius/APOTHECARY
Jakob Ehman

BENVOLIO/PUCK/CHOREOGRAPHER, ROMEO AND JULIET
Peter Fernandes

Romeo/Lysander
David Patrick Flemming

MERCUTIO, THESEUS, FLUTE, COBWEB
Mac Fyfe

Escalus/Snug, Mote
Navtej Sandhu

SAMPSON, FRIAR JOHN/HERMIA
Amaka Umeh

Lady Capulet/Titania, Hippolyta
Naomi Wright

NURSE, LADY MONTAGUE/PENNY QUINCE
Jenny Young

Diane D'Aquila & Robert Persichini on 35 years of #SiHP

   

Alistair Newton on King Lear

   

Tanja Jacobs on Twelfth Night

Enhance your Shakespeare in High Park experience

Free pre-show performances and daytime activities for all ages

SiHP Backstage Tours

Explore the history and the magic behind our annual outdoor Shakespeare in High Park productions. These intimate tours engage your curiosity and allow you to peek at the mechanics that make the our productions shine.

August 21, 22, 28, 29
@6:30pm


Youth Days in High Park

Using our Territorial Tales youth engagement program (created by youth for youth) as a catalyst, participants will have the opportunity to engage in narratives of displacement, home and the recapturing of spirit when removed from the familiar. They will bear witness to stories that span the globe, then have the opportunity to craft their own theatrical response.

August 20, 27
10am-2pm


Youth Nights in High Park

These special evenings are crafted to award youth the opportunity to get up close and personal with the artistic process. Participants will enjoy an in depth pre-show experience that includes a workshop with a member of the creative team of Romeo and Juliet, a backstage tour, dinner, and front row seats to the evening's performance.

August 21, 28

Community Partnership with Shakespeare in Action

Shakespeare in Action is joining us in High Park again this summer to award youth the possibility to create and perform in the great outdoors. For more information on this incredible company visit shakespeareinaction.org

What's Involved

We're looking for theatre-lovers 15 years of age or older (12 or older if volunteering as a family) with excellent customer service skills to join our diverse team of volunteer ushers at Shakespeare in High Park. Responsibilities include greeting patrons, accepting donations, answering questions and assisting our patrons finding seats. Shifts are available onsite in High Park from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, from June 28th to September 2nd. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of six three-hour shifts over the summer. Full training is provided.


Why Volunteer?

Volunteers see Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream for free, get tickets to Canadian Stage's upcoming season, a Shakespeare in High Park volunteer t-shirt, backstage tours, an invitation to our annual appreciation barbeque, games and prizes. Volunteers will also develop leadership and customer service skills. All of our volunteers become a member of the Toronto Attractions Council Reciprocal Program where you receive unique offers to many of Toronto's fun summer attractions! In addition, students can earn hours towards their community service requirements as well as a letter of reference for future job searches.


How to sign up

If you would like to be involved, attend one of three Volunteer Recruitment Sessions hosted by Canadian Stage at Berkeley Street Theatre. It is mandatory that you attend one of these three sessions in order to enroll as a volunteer.

Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP with us to reserve a spot! Contact Robin at volunteers@canadianstage.com and indicate which Volunteer Recruitment Session you plan to attend.

Volunteer Recruitment Sessions will be held from at 26 Berkeley Street on the following dates:

  • Tuesday June 5, 6-8pm
  • Tuesday June 12, 6pm-8pm
  • Tuesday June 19, 6pm-8pm

26 Berkeley Street is located south of Front between Parliament and Sherbourne Streets. Click here for a map & directions

Please Note:

  • Attendance at a Volunteer Recruitment Session is mandatory. Arrive on time, bring a pen and your list of exact available evenings to volunteer.
  • Allow 90 minutes for the Shakespeare in High Park presentation and to sign up for shifts.
  • You will be required to choose a minimum of six (6) shifts between the dates of June 28th to September 2nd.
  • Volunteer shifts occur on site at the Shakespeare in High Park venue from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Volunteers may invite as many friends as they wish to sign up to volunteer with them.
  • Mandatory training sessions will be held in High Park at the end of June.

High Park Amphitheatre

High Park, 1873 Bloor St W.

Enter at High Park Boulevard (corner Parkside Drive) or from Bloor Street (corner High Park Avenue, west of Keele). The Amphitheatre entrance is located by the Grenadier Restaurant on Colborne Lodge Road.

Plan to arrive early by allowing ample travel time during the increased activity this summer. Please note: parking in High Park is extremely limited.

Driving & TTC Directions



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What is Shakespeare in High Park?

Founded as Dream in High Park in 1983, Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park is Canada’s largest and longest-running professional outdoor theatre event taking place at the picturesque High Park Amphitheatre. Two alternating productions – one comedy, one tragedy – are presented throughout the summer.

How much does it cost?

This is a pay-what-you-can, general admission event. Admission is always free for your kids (14 and under). To help us cover the costs of producing Shakespeare in High Park, we recommend a suggested donation of $20 at the gate; cash, debit, and credit are all accepted. Gates open at 6pm, so come early to snag the best spots on the hill!

Can I get tickets in advance?

For a $25 donation, you can reserve a cushion in the premium zone for your preferred performance. Print out and present your ticket at the gate and you're set. Seats within the premium zone are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and we can only hold them until 7:45pm.

Premium seats are available by donation online or by phone at 416.368.3110.
Reservations are accepted until 5pm on the day of the performance.

What if it rains?

Because summer weather can change on a whim, rain and lightning conditions are assessed at 8pm. If the show can't safely proceed without endangering the cast and audience, we'll cancel the performance and issue rain vouchers for another performance (subject to availability).* We recommend bringing an umbrella in case of light drizzles during the performance.

*Please note rain vouchers may be exchanged in advance by calling the box office before 5pm the day of the new performance.
Weather Network

Can I bring a lawn chair?

To make sure everyone gets a good view of the show, lawn chairs aren't allowed in the regular seating area on the hill. We do have a limited number of spots at the rear of the hill that are available exclusively for lawn chairs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there an accessible seating area?

One of our friendly park volunteers will be happy to show you to our accessible section on site. Patrons with accessible needs can call the box office at 416.368.3110 to reserve a seat in advance.

Are pets allowed?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre, with the exception of service animals.

Can I bring my own food?

Totally. In fact, people competing for the most awesome picnic spread is half the reason to show up. We also have a concession stand on site stacked with yummy snacks and beverages for purchase. We recommend bringing your own water bottle as there are no fountains on site.

Can I bring a bottle of wine with my picnic?

Due to City of Toronto Parks regulations, alcohol is not permitted in High Park.

Are the shows kid-friendly?

Shakespeare in High Park productions are fun, accessible adaptations of the original plays with contemporary themes. They're certainly family-friendly, but since it's Shakespeare, there can be some mature content. If you have questions, just give our box office a call at 416.368.3110. Stroller parking is available on site, just ask our staff to direct you to this area.

What else should I bring?

Depending on the month, it can get a little chilly when the sun goes down, so bring a blanket. We perform in a giant park, so bug spray is also recommended, and available for sale at our concession stand.

Canadian Stage x York University

Presented in association with the Department of Theatre at York University, Shakespeare in High Park gives undergraduate and graduate acting, directing and theatre design students the opportunity to work alongside established theatre professionals to bring our large-scale outdoor productions to life. Learn more.
Tell us about your experience
Fill out our brief survey for a chance to win one of our weekly prize packs plus our grand prize - a 4-play subscription to our 18.19 season.

Weekly Prizes
- $50 gift card from one of our restaurant partners
- A Canadian Stage tote bag
- A copy of Lear's Shadow courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada

Grand Prize
- Canadian Stage 18.19 4-play Subscription
A Canadian Stage Production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University

Premium Seats

Please note: Premium reservations can be booked online for a $25 donation. Reservations are accepted until 5pm on the day of the performance. The availability markers next to each performance date indicate what's available in the premium section and does not show general availability on the hill. Premium seating ticket donations are not eligible for a tax receipt. Reservations will be held until 7:45pm.

Availability legend

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"Call the box office" - Advance premium seats are sold out, but Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available at the gate as of 6pm.