“We are very lucky to have this Toronto summer institution going strong… the experience of Shakespeare in High Park is near-magical, and not to be missed.”
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- Pay-what-you-can at the gate or reserve a premium spot online
- Location: High Park Amphitheatre
- Audience Advisory: High Park Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue. Upon leaving the site the pathway is a natural uneven dirt path that has limited lighting. Please ask staff for assistance if needed.
- Performances (Measure): Tue, Thu, Sat @ 8pm
- Performances (Much Ado): Wed, Fri, Sun @ 8pm
- Reservations held until 7:45pm
Director, MeasureSevern Thompson
Director, Much AdoLiza Balkan
Directing MentorPeter Hinton
Associate Artist, MeasureDesirée Leverenz
Associate Artist, Much AdoMakram Ayache
Set DesignerJoanna Yu
Costume Designer, MeasureMichelle Bohn
Costume Designer, Much AdoAnna Treusch
Lighting DesignerRebecca Picherak
Composer and Sound DesignerRichard Feren
Fight DirectorSimon Fon
FIGHT CAPTAINEmilio Vieira
Production Stage ManagerLaura Baxter
Stage ManagerMichael Barrs
Assistant Stage ManagerTaryn Dougall
Apprentice Stage ManagerJessica Campbell-Maracle
Juliet, HeroEmma Ferreira
Abhorson, Froth, Soldier, ConradCan Kömleksiz
Claudio, BorachioRichard Lam
Duke Vincentio, LeonatoAllan Louis
Mistress Overdone, Friar Thomas, Barnardine, DogberryNora McLellan
Angelo, Don PeterChristopher Morris
Isabella, Don JohnNatasha Mumba
Mariana, BeatriceRose Napoli
Provost, Elbow, BenedickJamie Robinson
Pompey, Margaret, VergesHeath V. Salazar
Escalus, Sister Francisca, UrsulaHelen Taylor
Lucio, ClaudioEmilio Vieira
High Park Technical DirectorTristan Goethel
Scenic ArtistMattea Kennedy
Wardrobe, CutterMarlee Bygate
Wardrobe, StitcherJanet Pym
Wardrobe Intern, MeasureGwyneth Whalen-Hughes
Wardrobe Intern, Much AdoJoyce Padua
PRODUCTION PHOTOSDahlia Katz
Every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, join us for free pre-show performances and activities for all ages.
Craft TentCrafts, colouring, and face-painting for the little ones.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Backstage ToursGo behind-the-scenes with a guided tour of the High Park Amphitheatre.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 6:30pm (Starting July 16th)
Buskers & MusiciansFrom prop and hoop artists to full bands and singer-songwriters, an array of talented performers animate the park with family-friendly entertainment.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 6:30pm
|David Itto||July 9|
|Turbo Street Funk||July 10 & 11|
|Casey Van||July 12|
|Coleen Costello||July 16|
|Scarlet Black||July 17|
|Coleen Costello & Scarlet Black||July 23|
|Casey Van||July 24|
|Coleen Costello & Scarlet Black||July 30|
|Casey Van||July 31|
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 July 4th to September 1st. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of six three-hour shifts over the summer. Full training is provided.
Volunteers see Measure for Measure 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- June 2 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
- June 5 - 6:00 - 8:00pm
- June 11 - 6:00 - 8:00pm
26 Berkeley Street is located south of Front between Parliament and Sherbourne Streets. Click here for a map & directions
- 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 July 4th to September 1st.
- 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 AmphitheatreHigh 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 one of Canada’s largest and longest-running professional outdoor theatre events, taking place at the picturesque High Park Amphitheatre. Two alternating productions 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 $30 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 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.
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. Come early and pack a picnic! 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 UniversityPresented 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.
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