A summer tradition of Toronto is being able to enjoy few works William Shakespeare by Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company out in High Park. The Canadian Stage is Canada’s leading not for profit contemporary theatre company and they usually perform two plays on alternate nights from July through September.

Location: High Park, 1873 Bloor St. West, Toronto.

Time:8 pm

Cost: It’s a pay-what-you-can basis at the entrance however you can reserve premium seats at $25 per adult, which are held up to 7:45pm. Seating is on fist come, first serve basis and the line ups are usually long, hence make sure to be there well before time.

Essentials to carry: Since the plays are out in the open park, there are few things that I would suggest (based on personal experience) that would make your evening more comfortable.

  • Cushions to sit on
  • Light blanket
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks/picnic basket
  • Drinks
  • Lawn chairs (however with these you may not be able to be seated in front as those are meant for people lounging on the ground. There are a few spots at the back where you can place them)
Source : Canadian Stage Website

The play that I watched was “Much Ado About Nothing” and it absolutely was mesmerizing. It was a first time experience for me to witness a play out in the open that also engaged the audience for a bit. The actors were exceptional and breathed passion into every second of their act.

If you ask me, I would strongly suggest that you add this to your bucket list for things to do in Toronto in the summer!


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