Shakespeare in the ParkNews & Events | Written on June 29, 2016
There is lots to keep us entertained, amused, and occupied in Liberty Village. Ours is a community of fun and endless excitement. With our location, there is also a world of convenience, events and activities at our fingertips, and our proximity to the downtown core, Queen West and other neighbourhoods means that when we do venture outside of Liberty Village, there is more still that’s in our immediate vicinity and easy to get to from our area. Enter Shakespeare in High Park. With only 25 minutes via public transit and 10 minutes by car separating our Liberty Central By The Lake Two location from this incredible event at High Park, there’s every reason for Villagers to include this on their “Summer Must Do” list.
Yup, this summer long outdoor theatre event will take your appreciation (and love) of Shakespeare to whole new heights. To be or not to be in attendance at this event every week this summer? That is the question you’ll be asking yourself after you attend any of these incredible Shakespeare in High Park performances.
Beginning on Thursday, June 30 and continuing until September 4, 2016, this summer season event features two of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays – Hamlet and All’s Well That Ends Well. The former will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and All’s Well That Ends Well will take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Both plays will start at 8:00pm on their respective days. Here is the schedule for the first month of performances at High Park:
Hamlet – Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Friday, Jul 01, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Saturday, Jul 02, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Sunday, Jul 03, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Tuesday, Jul 05, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Wednesday, Jul 06, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Friday, Jul 08, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Saturday, Jul 09, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Thursday, Jul 14, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Friday, Jul 15, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 8:00 PM
Hamlet – Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 8:00 PM
All’s Well That Ends Well – Friday, Jul 22, 2016 8:00 PM
The full schedule is available online here. One of the beauties of this incredible series is that attendees are welcome to pay what they can to attend shows. Premium seating is also available and tickets for premium seating can be purchased online for $25. Tickets for regular seating can also be reserved online.
There’s a reason that Shakespeare in High Park is “Canada’s largest and longest-running professional outdoor theatre experience”. Affordable pricing, a convenient location, and incredible, breath-taking performances are among the reasons that easily come to mind for anyone familiar with the event and previous summer shows.
This summer, Hamlet in High Park will be directed by Birgit Schreyer Duarte and All’s Well That Ends Well will be directed by Ted Witzel. You don’t have to be a lover of Shakespeare or even familiar with these plays to enjoy them to the fullest. These really are two great stories that are wholly enthralling. Hamlet is a play about love, revenge, family and deceit. It follows the tormented Prince Hamlet who learns that his father’s death may not be as it seemed and he sets out to prove that his father had in fact been murdered. What ensues is nothing short of captivating.
All’s Well That Ends Well is first and foremost a story of love. In many ways, the love is unrequited and so begins the quest for each of the play’s protagonists to find true love and a life partner. There are lies, threats, hurt but in the end love wins and, well, all “ends well”.
Shakespeare in High Park really is a treat. For warm summer evenings, for great entertainment, for a bit of Shakespeare in the park, enjoy the 34th season of this great Toronto event at High Park, located at 1873 Bloor Street West. For more information about Shakespeare in High Park, visit their website.
Written by L. D. Moore