Hamlet … A Puppet Epic! by Shakey-Shake and Friends at the High Park Branch, Toronto Public Library. May 3, 2016 ©

Toronto Public Library

Shakespeare is alive and well in Toronto! 

Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective, the Toronto Public Library and the British Council, presented the Shakespeare Lives Microfestival to celebrate the Bard's work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. Join us this spring in Toronto for an innovative and interactive programme of performances, workshops and debates. #ShakespeareLives

All programming (except the #ShakesbeerShowdown) is free to the public! 

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DEBATE SERIES: LEND ME YOUR EARS

Toronto’s top indie Shakespeare directors, actors and scholars will draw you into a lively debate about the continuing vitality of the Bard’s work in the modern world. The debates will be moderated by Victoria Urquhart, Director of Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective and generously supported by the Toronto Public Library as part of its Shakespeare400 festival.

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE, OR IS IT?

Shakespeare in the subway, hospitals and bars? Or better left for Stratford? Dylan Brenton of Wolf Manor Theatre and Michael Kelly of Shakespeare in Action will debate staging Shakespeare in found spaces versus on stage. 

Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor St. W.) - April 7, 6:30-8pm

IT’S THE APOCALYPSE AND YOU CAN ONLY SAVE ONE PLAY: WHICH ONE?

Brendan McMurtry Howlett of Shakespeare in the Ruff and Jeremy Smith from Driftwood Theatre tussle over greatness. Which one of Shakespeare’s plays is indispensable to human culture and why? 

Danforth/Coxwell Library (1675 Danforth Ave.) - April 12, 6:30-8pm

WOMEN IN MODERN SHAKESPEAREAN PRODUCTION

In Shakespeare’s day, gender-bending was the norm with men playing women’s roles. But what about the converse? Artists from Shakespeare in the Ruff and Shakespeare BASH'd will talk about opportunities for women actors in male and female roles alike. 

Deer Park Library (40 St Clair Ave. E.) - April 21, 6:30-8pm

WORKSHOP: PLAY-IN-A-DAY

Supported by the Toronto Public Library

PLAY-IN-A-DAY

This incredible workshop with Scott Moyle, Artistic Director of Dauntless City Theatre, will take you from page to stage in a day! Immerse yourself in the process of making Shakespeare and get a first-hand glimpse into how Shakespeare’s troupe may have performed. For adults and teens, 16 years of age and over. 

Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College St.) - April 9, 10am - 4pm

PLAYS & PERFORMANCES

Supported by British Council

SITUATION UNKNOWN

From the Guerrilla Ruffians comes an improvised play featuring themes, plots and characters of Shakespeare reworked based on audience suggestions!

High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) - April 7, 7pm

Gerrard/Ashdale Library (1432 Gerrard St. E.) - April 12, 7pm

THE JULIUS CAESAR PROJECT

Created and presented by Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective, this innovative, gender-swapped staging explores the roles of women and power in Shakespeare’s text both in performance and post-show discussion. It received critical acclaim in NOW Magazine for its performance in the 2014 Toronto Fringe. 

Annette Street Library(145 Annette St.) - May 17, 7pm

Dufferin/St. Clair Library (1625 Dufferin St.) - May 19, 1pm

HAMLET… A PUPPET EPIC!

Presented by Shakey-Shake and Friends comes the tale of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy in the light-hearted tradition of the Muppets.

High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) - May 3, 2pm

Jones Library (118 Jones Ave.) - May 4, 1:15pm

#SHAKESBEERSSHOWDOWN

For our 19+ friends, you can join in Shakespeare’s more raucous revelries through the #ShakesbeersShowdown. Various Indie Shakespeare companies will raise a glass to competitively read the first folio text. The rules are simple: If you mess up a line, you drink!

Tickets: $15 Tweet-Seats: $20 

Proceeds go towards the Shakespeare-In-Hospitals 2016 Program

The Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.) – April 24. Doors open at 6pm and show begins at 7pm

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