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#ShakesbeersShowdown: #Revengeofthe5th Brings On The Darker Brews| Shakespeare in Toronto

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This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto. Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective is gearing up for their 8th annual Shakesbeers Showdown on May 5! This is always a fun night of friendly competition and community building and all the proceeds go to Spur’s Shakespeare in Hospitals Program! Check out their press release below and get your tickets now!

The hops are strong in this one.

#ShakesbeersShowdown is where Toronto’s hottest indie Shakespeare companies face-off in a battle of winner-takes-all, loser-drinks-most, as contestants cold read scenes from Shakespeare’s notoriously-hard-to-read First Folio. The winner is crowned the revered Shakesbeers Showdown Heavyweight Champion (complete with championship belt), and the losers…get a lot of beer.

The sold-out fundraiser hit is returning for another round of failing with flair. Teams for this year have a choice: the light side, or the dark side? Competitors will be drinking from a selection of Amsterdam Brewery’s Blonde and Downtown Brown Nut Ale in an epic battle of light vs. dark beer. But we all know that no one can resist the power of the dark side…

The SOTMSC is opening up the #ShakesbeersShowdown to all companies and members of the public. Companies do not have to be Shakespeare-based, and you don’t even have to have a company: there is a slot available for those without theatre companies to apply as a part of “The People”. Whether you are a Stratford regular or a theatre-school graduate, the title of #ShakesbeersShowdown Heavyweight Champion is yours for the drinking.

This year’s 2019 Competitors are:

Shakespeare BASH’d (NOW magazine’s READER’S CHOICE Best Site-Specific Theatre Company 2018)

The Edge Productions

Super Cool Oh Yes (featured on CBC’s Next Up)

Skipping Stones Theatre (Nominated for Outstanding Supporting and Lead Performance with My Entertainment World) Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective

Team Scholar

The Reviewers (Led by Toronto’s very own Steve Fisher)

Malcontent Theatre Company (Best Independent Theatre Production BroadwayWorld Awards 2016)

The People

And ???

Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective is proud to present the seventh annual Shakesbeers Showdown: #RevengeOfThe5th Sunday May 5th, 2019 at 918 Bathurst.

Doors: 5:00pm

Show: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Afterparty to follow

General: $25

Student/Arts Worker: $22 at the door ($20 online)

Tickets are available at

Or visit and search “shakesbeers”

Entrants for “The People” will be available on April 3rd at:

Beer generously provided by:
Amsterdam Brewery

Author Tori Carlisle

Toronto Regional Editor. Tori is a passionate high school English teacher based in Toronto. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto in English, History, and Renaissance and Reformation Studies, an MA in English Literature from York University, and a Masters of Teaching from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a lover of all things Shakespeare and cats!

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