This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. It’s Tori here with the latest in Shakespeare news from Toronto.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death there are Shakespeare themed celebrations taking place all over the world. Toronto is no different, together with the British Council and in association with The Toronto Public Library, Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective is mounting the #ShakespeareLives Micro Festival, a series of FREE plays, debates, and Shakespeare themed events happening during April and May.
The festival will feature:
Situation Unknown presented by The Guerilla Ruffians
High Park Branch Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) April 7 at 7pm
Gerrard/Ashdale Branch Library (1432 Gerrard St. E.) April 12 at 7pm
From the Guerrilla Ruffians comes Situation Unknown: a playful improvised staging of various Shakespearean scenes immersed among the shelves to explore the spontaneity of the bard’s words.
Hamlet…A Puppet Epic! presented by Shakey-Shake and Friends
High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) May 3 at 2pm
Jones Library (118 Jones Ave.) May 4 at 1:15pm
From award-winning children’s company Shakey-Shake and Friends comes Hamlet…A Puppet Epic! the Best of FringeKids and Critic’s Pick smash hit that offers a playful re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy in the tradition of the Muppets.
The Julius Caesar Project presented by Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective
Annette Branch Library (145 Annette St.), May 17 at 7pm
Dufferin/St. Clair Branch (1625 Dufferin St.), May 19 at 1pm
In this innovative, gender-swapped staging, Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective explores the roles of women and power through Shakespeare’s text. The play received critical acclaim in NOW Magazine for its run in the 2014 Toronto Fringe, and previously toured women’s shelters around the G.T.A.
The Festival will also include a series of debates featuring many members of the Indie Toronto Shakespeare scene:
All The World’s A Stage, Or Is It?
Runnymede Branch Library (2178 Bloor St. W.)
April 7 at 6:30-8pm
Featuring Shakespeare-In-Action’s Michael Kelly and Wolf Manor Theatre’s Dylan Brenton
Play-In-A-Day Workshop with Scott Emerson Moyle
Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College St.)
April 9 from 10am – 4pm
Want to immerse yourself in the work of the Bard? The festival doesn’t stop there! Join our Play-In-A-Day workshop with Dauntless City Theatre’s Scott Emerson Moyle as he leads the public on a page-to-stage journey through a collection of scenes and monologues.
It’s The Apocalypse and You Can Only Save One Play: Which One?
Danforth/Coxwell Branch Library (1675 Danforth Ave.)
April 12 at 6:30-8pm
Featuring Shakespeare-In-The-Ruff’s Brendan McMurtry Howlett and Driftwood Theatre’s Jeremy Smith
Women in Modern Shakespearean Production
Deer Park Branch Library (40 St. Clair Ave. E.)
April 21 at 6:30-8pm
Featuring Shakespeare-In-The-Ruff’s Kaitlin Riordan and Wolf Manor Theatre Collective
And as always Spur of the Moment will be holding their #SHAKESBEERSSHOWDOWN on April 24 at The Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.)!
Doors open at 6pm and show begins at 7pm
For those over 19+,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.
What an EPIC way to not only celebrate the bard’s anniversary but to kick off what is sure to be another awesome summer of Shakespeare in the city! Make sure to take advantage of these events and stayed tuned here for more about this incredible opportunity to immerse and expose yourself to the best of what Toronto Shakespeare has to offer.