The Diary of Anne Frank

“All that remains.”

The Shakespeare In Action Blog is Moving!

The time has come, my friends, to move the Shakespeare In Action Blog a bit closer to home.

Sad, I know, but it’s not like we’re leaving the internet for good! You can visit us at our new home:

We’ve got loads of new ideas for blog posts coming, including news and information about our upcoming shows, educational programming, and fundraisers! Bookmark our new page and visit us sometime! We are keeping this page up as well, so you will be able to access all of our blog posts of the past!

Away, away! Once more, sweet lords farewell.

The Diary of Anne Frank News Round Up- Part 2

Here are some of the most recent reviews of our remount production of The Diary of Anne Frank! Check them out and let us know what you thought of the show!

Photo By: Joel Charlebois

Prepare to have your heart pretty much explode with emotion when you see Shakespeare in Action’s stage rendition of the famous WW2 diary.

March 16- She Does The City

Her diary is her legacy – a beautifully tragic account of this horrendous time relived on stage done artistically, tastefully, a gem.

March 17- Mooney On Theatre

As Anne, Sascha Cole was 13 at the beginning of the play and was flighty, energetic, careening around the apartment and always in everybody’s way. But she matured and it was interesting to watch Cole just take those moments and make them a whole person, maturing, growing up.

March 17- Lynn Slotkin and the Slotkin Letter

Michael Kelly’s [rendition] of The Diary of Anne Frank will twist your stomach into knots and take away your ability to breathe. Together, the cast, director and designer succeed in creating the world of Anne Frank’s annex- one that’s rich and complicated and, most horrifyingly, full of very real people.

March 19- My Entertainment World

Special guest blog by Maytal Kowalski

Talking about Yom HaShoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day


Hello everyone!  It’s Maytal here, from the Al Green Theatre- a dear friend of the fine folks at Shakespeare in Action and host to their production of The Diary of Anne Frank.  I really hope you have had a chance to see this fantastic show and that it’s got you thinking about Anne’s compelling story.

On the 27th day of Nissan on the Jewish calendar (April 19th on the Christian calendar), the state of Israel commemorates the horrors and tragedies of the Holocaust.  This day is called Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Day in English (Yom=day, HaShoah=the Holocaust).


This is the time of year that both Israeli and non-Israeli, Jewish and non-Jewish high school students hold a memorial service at the site of Auschwitz called March of the Living.  In Israel, sirens sound across the country at 10am for citizens to observe a moment of silence and remembrance.  The entire country stops- cars pull over to the side of the road, TV broadcasts come to a halt and for two minutes silence is observed.  The 27th day of Nissan is eight days before Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) and the timing is no coincidence- you grieve for those you have lost but then celebrate all that you now have.  Doesn’t this remind you a bit of Anne Frank?  After all, as she said, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”


There are plenty of stories of survival, hope and determination that came out of the Holocaust.  Another young boy by the name of Felix Opatowski, only 15 at the time that he was deported to Auschwitz, survived the Holocaust and is now living in Toronto.  He recently published a book about his experiences during the Holocaust, entitled “Gatehouse to Hell.”  Opatowski’s story, like Anne’s, demonstrates the boundless determination of the human spirit.  Gatehouse to Hell is a candid and heart-rending account of a teenage boy who comes of age in desperate conditions, putting himself at risk to help others, forming bonds of friendship and holding onto hope for the future.


Opaltowski will be at the Miles Nadal JCC, speaking about his book and his experiences during the Holocaust on Sunday, April 22 at 11 AM for Yom Hashoah, in a special event co-presented with The Azrieli Foundation.

Interested in attending?  Please contact or 416-924-6211 x 154 for more info.


Finally, I would like to say that it was great to have you all in our theatre, and we hope that the story of Anne Frank has left a lasting impression on you.


“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank.


The Diary of Anne Frank News Round Up

Here are some mentions in the media that our production of The Diary of Anne Frank has received this week!

Photo By: Joel Charlebois

The Daily Planet

March 13- The Diary of Anne Frank returns for encore performances

The National Post

March 13- Sascha Cole draws on the story of Anne Frank

March 16- Five things to do this week- March 17-23


Good morning, readers!

I thought that I would share a photo with you that I took yesterday of our stage for The Diary of Anne Frank inside of the Al Green Theatre. Even though this production is a remount, it looks like the set was made for this stage!

A big congratulations to the cast and crew of The Diary of Anne Frank for a superb opening night last night!
Tickets can still be purchased here for upcoming performances, but hurry, they are selling fast!

The Diary of Anne Frank

Hi Everyone!

Shakespeare in Action has an exciting new production coming up! Tickets are now on sale for The Diary of Anne Frank.

Last year this production was sold out and now we are bringing it back to the stage – so if you missed it before, now’s your chance!

The production runs from March 16-31 at the Al Green Theatre (Miles Nadal JCC) at 750 Spadina Ave.

You can book Group Tickets and Single Tickets online.  For more information, visit our website.

Sascha Cole as Anne Frank