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Shakespeare in High Park
 
DATES
Macbeth:
Wed, Fri, Sun
Jun 28 - Sep 1, 8 PM

Shrew:
Tue, Thu, Sat
Jul 9 - Aug 31, 8 PM
THEATRE
High Park
RUN TIME
90 mins
DIRECTED BY
Ker Wells (Macbeth) and Ted Witzel (Shrew)

Fine Arts, York University

A Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

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This summer, see Shakespeare's powerful tragedy Macbeth and early comedy The Taming of the Shrew under the stars. Both works will be playing outdoors throughout the summer on alternate nights, a rare repertoire summer at Shakespeare in High Park.

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Admission
NEW for 2013: Reserve a spot in advance
NEW for 2013: Pay with debit or credit at the door
Concessions
Pet policy
Getting to the High Park Amphitheatre
Cancellation due to weather
Lawn chairs and accessible seating

This general-admission event is free for children 14 and under and pay-what you-can for adults ($20 suggested minimum donation). Food, beverages and blankets are available for purchase.

NEW: Reserve a cushion in advance in our premium zone. Reserving in advance means you don’t have to show up early to snag a spot (but of course you’re still welcome to come at 6 pm and enjoy a picnic on the hill) and you’re guaranteed to get into the amphitheatre on whatever date you reserve for, even if it’s a busy night. To reserve a cushion in advance, pick a specific date, make a per-ticket contribution of $25 online, and we’ll save you a spot (seating is still first come, first served). Bring your print-at-home tickets to the gate on your specified date and you’re set!

Reservation policies for premium seating:

  • Reservations are accept up until 5 pm on the day of the performance
  • We can only hold reservations until 7:45 pm. Please plan to arrive by 7:30 in case you are delayed en route.
  • When you arrive, show the volunteer at the Gate your printed “e-ticket” and the Gate Supervisor will escort you to the premium zone on the hill where you can sit on available cushions.
  • If the show is cancelled due to weather, you will be given a premium rain voucher that can be redeemed for another show (subject to availability). You can also exchange your premium seat for another date up until 5 pm before the performance. Please call the box office 416.368.3110.
  • Please note: Advanced reservations are only available for performances from June 26 to August 18, 2013.
You can also make $15 and $20 contributions online. Please note that making your contribution online does not guarantee a seat for any particular date – you’ll still need to arrive early to get a seat. If you’d like to contribute a different amount, you can do so at the door via debit, credit card, or cash.

NEW: Pay with debit or credit at the door

Don’t like carrying cash? New for this summer, you can now make your per-ticket contribution via debit or credit card at the gate.

Concessions

Food, beverages and cushions are available for purchase.

No Pets Please

With exception to service and guide dogs, pets are not allowed in the High Park Amphitheatre.

Getting to the High Park Amphitheatre

High Park is located in Toronto's west end, stretching from Bloor Street west in the north to The Queensway in the south and from Parkside Drive in the east to Ellis Avenue in the west.

The Amphitheatre is located just east of the Grenadier Restaurant, almost in the centre of the park. If you’re not within walking distance of the park, you can get there by TTC Transit, by car or by bike.

Click here to download a map of the location

Shakespeare High Park Map

Rain Cancellation

Cancellations due to rain and/or lightning are assessed at 8 pm. If the show cannot carry on safely without the endangerment of cast or audience members, the show will be cancelled and you can request a voucher for complimentary admission to another performance.

Lawn Chairs and Accessible Seating

Lawn chairs are not allowed in the regular seating area of the hill. A limited number of spots at the back of the hill are available exclusively for lawn chairs. Seating is first-come, first-served - arrive early to get your spot.

Accessible seating is available for those with specific mobility needs.  Please see the Hill Supervisor upon arrival for more information.

Macbeth tells the story of a general’s battle with ambition, the temptation of power and his struggle to retain his grasp on his humanity. Audiences will be challenged by Shakespeare’s remarkable text to empathize with a charismatic and deeply human tragic villain, asking themselves under what circumstances they might be tempted to commit similar acts. This production of the classic tragedy will be both thought-provoking viscerally thrilling to watch.

Macbeth Cast

Donalbain and others - Tiana Asperjan
Porter and others - Hume Baugh
Lady Macbeth and others - Philippa Domville
Young Macduff and others - Jennifer Dzialoszynski
Malcolm and others - Greg Gale
Lady Macduff and others - Sophie Goulet
Macduff and others - Ryan Hollyman
Duncan and others - Marvin Ishmael
Lennox and others - Mina James
Banquo and others - Kevin MacDonald
Rosse and others - Thomas Olajide
Macbeth and others - Hugh Thompson

Creative Team

Director - Ker Wells
Assistant Director - Jacquie Loewen
Dramaturg - Matt McGeachy
Set Designer - Lindsay C. Walker
Costume Designer - Victoria Wallace
Stage Manager - Sandy Plunkett
Lighting Designer - Laird Macdonald
Sound Designer (arrangement and composition) - Lyon Smith
Assistant Sound Designer - Wesley McKenzie
Fight Director - Simon Fon
Puppet Consultant and Coach - Tijiki Morris
Head of Wardrobe - Sylvia Defend (Instructor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Construction Supervisor - James McKernan (Professor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Head of Props - Mary Spryakis
Hair and Wigs - Alice Norton
Dresser - Michael Legouffe
Seamstress - Lina Falomkina
Vocal Coach - Cathy MacKinnon
Props Builders - Mary-Jo Carter Dodd, Vanessa Janiszewski, Karen Rodd, Alex Vass
Wardrobe Assistants - Dylan Bobier, Andrew Cleveland, Julia Campisi, Sandra Mandich, Celine Moniz, Alexa Polenz, Michelle Tracy
Carpentry Shop Assistants - Julian Bulof, Wesley McKenzie, Kyle Morton, Steph Raposo, Hazel Wai, Amanda Wong
Scenic Artists - Duncan Johnstone, David Rayfield (instructor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Assistant Stage Manager - Ashley Westlake
Production/Stage Management Assistants - Christina Abes, Natasha Rodmell
The Taming of the Shrew follows the romantic entanglements of two sisters, Katherina and Bianca. Frustrated by the swinish men who populate her world, Kate vows she’ll never wed. Bianca has suitors by the truckload, but is forbidden to marry until her older sister has. Bianca’s situation seems hopeless until Kate meets Petruchio, a lost soul with a gambling problem and a wit that rivals hers. This production transposes the play to a contemporary setting in a brightly coloured, plastic world where Eurotrash meets West Hollywood to highlight the enduring relevance of the play’s provocative gender politics. A feast for the eyes, and food for thought.

The Taming of the Shrew Cast

Lucentia - Tiana Asperjan
Baptista and others - Hume Baugh
Widow and others - Philippa Domville
Bianca - Jennifer Dzialoszynski
Hortensio and others - Greg Gale
Katherina - Sophie Goulet
Biondello and others - Ryan Hollyman
Gremio and others - Marvin Ishmael
Grumio - Mina James
Petruchio - Kevin MacDonald
Tranio and others - Thomas Olajide
Vincentio and others - Hugh Thompson

Creative Team

Director - Ted Witzel
Assistant Director - Maite Jacobson
Dramaturg - Matt McGeachy
Set Designer - Lindsay C. Walker
Costume Designer - Astrid Janson
Assistant Costume Designer - Amanda Wong
Hair and Wigs - Alice Norton
Stage Manager - Laura Baxter
Lighting Designer - Laird Macdonald
Sound Designer (arrangement and composition) - Lyon Smith
Assistant Sound Designer - Wesley McKenzie
Fight Director - Simon Fon
Head of Wardrobe - Sylvia Defend (Instructor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Construction Supervisor - James McKernan (Professor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Head of Props - Mary Spryakis
Hair and Wigs - Alice Norton
Dresser - Michael Legouffe
Props Builders - Mary-Jo Carter Dodd, Vanessa Janiszewski, Karen Rodd, Alex Vass
Wardrobe Assistants - Dylan Bobier, Andrew Cleveland, Julia Campisi, Sandra Mandich, Celine Moniz, Alexa Polenz, Michelle Tracy
Carpentry Shop Assistants - Julian Bulof, Wesley McKenzie, Kyle Morton, Steph Raposo, Hazel Wai, Amanda Wong
Scenic Artists - , Duncan Johnstone, David Rayfield (instructor, Department of Theatre, York University)
Assistant Stage Manager - Ashley Westlake
Production/Stage Management Assistants - Christina Abes, Natasha Rodmell

Events

Youth Night
5:30 PM, High Park Amphitheatre

Under 21? Join us for Youth Night at 5:30 pm on select dates. This is your chance to participate in an artist-run workshop, get a backstage tour and see a free performance of Macbeth or The Taming of the Shrew. Wanna come? RSVP with your full name and age to youth@canadianstage.com.

Youth night dates:
  • Macbeth: Wednesday, July 17 (NOW FULL!), Wednesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 21 (NOW FULL!)
  • Shrew: Thursday, July 25 (NOW FULL!), Thursday, August 1 (NOW FULL!) and Thursday, August 15
Backstage Tours
6 PM, High Park Amphitheatre

Tour dates:

Macbeth Photos

Hugh Thompson as Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Hugh Thompson, Jennifer Dzialoszynski and Sophie Goulet in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Hugh Thompson, Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Hugh Thompson, Ryan Hollyman in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Hume Baugh in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Jennifer Dzialoszynski in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Kevin MacDonald, Hugh Thompson and cast in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Marvin Ishmael, Kevin MacDonald and cast in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Philippa Domville and Hugh Thompson in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Philippa Domville as Lady Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Philippa Domville, Hugh Thompson in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Philippa Domville, Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Ryan Hollyman in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou. Sophie Goulet, Jennifer Dzialoszynski and Philippa Domville in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou.


 

The Taming of the Shrew Photos

Greg Gale. Photo by David Hou. Greg Gale, Ryan Hollyman, Thomas Olajide and Marvin Ishmael. Photo by David Hou. Hume Baugh and Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Jennifer Dzialoszynski and Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Kevin MacDonald and Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Kevin MacDonald and Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Tiana Asperjan and Jennifer Dzialoszyski. Photo by David Hou. Marvin Ishmael and Thomas Olajide.  Photo by David Hou. Ryan Hollyman. Photo by David Hou. Sophie Goulet and Kevin MacDonald. Photo by David Hou. Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Sophie Goulet. Photo by David Hou. Tiana Asperjan. Photo by David Hou. Tiana Asperjan, Jennifer Dzialoszyski and Greg Gale. Photo by David Hou.


 

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