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Toronto: Shakespeare in the Ruff presents “The Winter’s Tale” August 14-September 2

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Shakespeare in the Ruff brings one of Shakespeare’s most transformative plays, The Winter’s Tale, to Withrow Park. Part dark fairy-tale, part comedy, The Winter’s Tale explores the relationship between repentance and forgiveness in a way that echoes loudly in our modern times. Bring a picnic, meet a neighbour, and experience a summer’s night between the trees and beneath the stars.

The Winter’s Tale is made possible with generous support from Crow’s Theatre.

Jani Lauzon as Paulina & Old Shepherd

Tiffany Martin as Hermione
Richard Lee as Leontes
Eponine Lee as Mamillius
Kaitlyn Riordan as Camillo
Giovanni Spina as Florizel
Andrea Carter as Perdita
Jason Gray as Polixenes


Previews: August 14th & 15th
Opening Night: August 16th
Runs until September 2nd, Tuesday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m.Special Labour Day Monday performance, September 2, 7:30 p.m.In case of rain, check website or social media.

*August 20 & 27 are Live Captioned, Relaxed Performances.
*Young Ruffians performances in advance of the main event at 7 p.m., August 23rd & 25th*Guerrilla Ruff Squad performance in advance of the main event at 7pm on August 24th


Withrow Park, between Chester & Pape
Between the trees, in the middle of the park, just south of the fire pit


Pay-what-you-can, cash only (suggested $20 donation)Reserve online at:


Bring your lawn chairs, blanket & a picnic


Shakespeare in the Ruff presents an annual summer production, using Shakespeare as afoundation to re-interpret, re-write, and re-new classic stories for a contemporary audiences,while pushing the boundaries of what is possible in outdoor theatre. Ruff has gained criticalacclaim with productions such as Macbeth: Walking Shadows, a puppet adaptation Macbeth,and Portia’s Julius Caesar, a re-working of Julius Caesar f rom the female perspective.Shakespeare in the Ruff emphasizes community building and education, with the core value ofaccessibility. Ruff is led by Co-Artistic Directors Eva Barrie and Kaitlyn Riordan.

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