I, like many people, am a fan of The Bard. Having studied many Shakespeare plays while completing my B.A. in English helped me appreciate the complexity of themes and bawdy humour of the world’s most famous playwright. So I look forward to the summer each year when there are usually several Shakespeare performances in Toronto. When I get the chance, I take in a Shakespeare play at the Stratford Festival. Read further to find out which Shakespeare plays will be performed in Toronto in 2020:
King Henry V at Driftwood Theatre
This summer, Driftwood Theatre will be taking their Bard’s Bus Tour across Ontario to adapt three of Shakespeare’s plays to tell the complete story of King Henry V. Adapted by D. Jeremy Smith, King Henry V is a play about family, both inherited and chosen. It explores our fascination with the private lives of our public leaders. And in the spirit of the play’s themes of misdirection, offering five truths about the play’s title. Hume Baugh will take on the iconic role of John Falstaff. Performance dates and locations will be announced soon. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can performance or Free.
Shakespeare in High Park will perform one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, The Comedy of Errors. In this play, two displaced twins, Antipholus and Dromio, journey to find their respective brothers resulting in mistaken identities and mix-ups with Shakespeare’s mischievous wordplay. The play is being performed from July 4, 2020 to September 6, 2020. Tickets for Shakespeare in High Park are Pay-What-You-Can or you can reserve a premium ticket for $30 online. Performances are at 8 p.m.; reservations are held until 7:45 p.m. High Park Amphitheatre is located at High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West. Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
In the 2020 season, the Stratford Festival is performing four Shakespeare plays: the history play, Richard III; the tragedy play Hamlet; and two comedies, Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well. Purchase tickets for the Stratford Festival online.
Do you know of any other Shakespeare performances in Toronto in 2020? Please let me know in the comment section.
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