Your destination for decidedly untraditional Shakespeare under the stars, all summer long. Canada's longest-running outdoor theatre event celebrates its 35th year with bold new takes on two Shakespeare classics. Get transported from the enchanted musical shores of Illyria, setting for the madcap comedy of mistaken identity Twelfth Night (or What You Will), to the divided kingdom of King Lear, one of the most monumental works of English drama - re-imagined from a female perspective, and starring award-winning actor Diane D'Aquila.
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About King Lear
As a method of dividing her kingdom in three parts, Queen Lear demands that her daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia compete in declarations of their love for her. Misjudging her children's loyalty, she soon finds herself in the middle of a civil war, stripped of her family, kingdom and crown.
About Twelfth Night
A young noblewoman, Viola, is separated at sea from her twin brother Sebastian and tossed upon the shores of Illyria, where the love-sick Duke Orsino pines for Countess Olivia and mischievous servants plot foolish pranks at each other's expense.
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We regret to announce that, due to health reasons, Robert Persichini will be replaced by Robert Clarke in the roles of The Fool (King Lear) and Malvolio (Twelfth NIght) for the remaining scheduled performances of Shakespeare in High Park. Thank you for your understanding.
PHOTO CREDIT: JASON CADIEUX & DIANE D'AQUILA IN KING LEAR. PHOTO: CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN.
- Location: High Park Amphitheatre
- King Lear: Tue, Thu, Sat @ 8pm
- Twelfth Night: Wed, Fri, Sun @ 8pm
- Run Time: 90 minutes (no intermission)
- Reservations held until 7:45pm
Set DesignerClaire Hill
Lighting DesignerRebecca Picherack
Sound DesignerLyon Smith
Fight DirectorSimon Fon
Production Stage ManagerElizabeth McDermott
Stage ManagerKrista MacIsaac Barclay
Assistant Stage ManagerSandi Becker
Apprentice Stage ManagerCole Vincent
Countess of Kent (King Lear)
Feste (Twelfth Night)
Earl of Gloucester (King Lear)
Sir Toby (Twelfth Night)
Edmund (King Lear)
Sebastian (Twelfth Night)
Lear (King Lear)
Fabiana (Twelfth Night)
Oswald, Duke of Burgundy (King Lear)
Sir Andrew (Twelfth Night)
Duke of Cornwall (King Lear)
Antonio, Captain (Twelfth Night)
Duke of Albany (King Lear)
Orsino (Twelfth Night)
Edgar (King Lear)
Valentine (Twelfth Night)
The Fool (King Lear)
Malvolio (Twelfth Night)
Cordelia (King Lear)
Viola (Twelfth Night)
Goneril (King Lear)
Olivia (Twelfth Night)
Regan (King Lear)
Maria (Twelfth Night)
Enhance your Shakespeare in High Park experienceFree pre-show performances and daytime activities for all ages
Backstage ToursTake a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at the High Park Amphitheatre.
Starting July 18 | Tue & Wed at 6:15 pm
Youth NightsUnder 21? Join us for a free backstage tour of our outdoor theatre and an interactive workshop with a cast member, followed by a performance of King Lear or Twelfth Night.
July 25 (King Lear) & August 8 (Twelfth Night) | 5pm
To RSVP or bring a youth group, email email@example.com.
Thursday, August 3 at 2:30pm
Co-presented with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC).
August 3 - September 2 | Thur – Sat at 7:30 pm
In partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Sketch and Kids Up Front as part of Canada 150.
Celebrate the land we share and immerse yourself in the stories of our city’s global landscape. Join us as the High Park Amphitheatre comes alive with music, dance, craft workshops, food tastings, storytelling and more.
at Shakespeare in High Park
Free family festival
Friday, August 4 | 11 am - 4 pm
Pre-Show ChatsOn Sunday evenings in August, enjoy pre-show discussions with artists from Canadian Stage and find out what’s in store at the company’s indoor spaces in the 17.18 season.
August 13 - 28 | 7:30 pm
All pre-show events are included with entry to Shakespeare in High Park. Daytime activities are free and do not require a ticket.
Volunteer for Shakespeare in High Park with Canadian Stage
Play a starring role this summer in Toronto's longest-running and most popular outdoor theatre event! Canadian Stage invites individuals to spend evenings under the stars volunteering for the 34th edition of Shakespeare in High Park as we present William Shakespeare's Hamlet and All's Well That Ends Well. June 30th to September 4th 2016.
Canadian Stage is seeking reliable individuals, 15 years of age or older (12 or older if volunteering as a family), who are friendly, enjoy theatre and have 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 30th to September 4th. Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of six three-hour shifts over the summer. Full training is provided.
Volunteers see Hamlet and All's Well that Ends Well for free and are also rewarded with tickets to Canadian Stage's upcoming season, a Shakespeare in High Park volunteer t-shirt to work in, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416.367.8243 ext. 273 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:
- Saturday June 4, 2 pm-5 pm
- Thursday June 9, 6pm-9pm
- Tuesday June 14, 6pm-9pm
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 June 30th to September 4th.
- 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.
To help us make #SiHP even better next year, please take a moment to complete our brief online survey and automatically be entered to win prizes!
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.
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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.