Great News! Extended Early Bard Savings for the 2015/16 Season!

As an extra special Halloween treat, Shakespeare in Action will be extending the Early Bard discount on bookings of our upcoming tours Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop and Suddenly Shakespeare!

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop- November 23- December 4, 2015 and April 18- May 6, 2016

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with the themeslanguage and rhythm used by Shakespeare. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, and both deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and their own contemporary experience. It’s the perfect complement to your in-class teaching of a specific play, in the beginning, in the middle or at the end.

Suddenly Shakespeare- April 4-15, 2016

This Spring, Shakespeare in Action brings Kim Selody’s sparking production of Suddenly Shakespeare to your school.

This hour long performance brings four of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays –Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth and Twelfth Night – to life for children ages five to seventy-five. Featuring music, dance and physical comedy, the performance is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young audiences.

Shakespeare in Action’s Artistic Director, Michael Kelly, describes the show as “a feast of magic, laughter, music and spectacle.” He says, “Suddenly Shakespeare will knock your kids’ socks off! Shakespeare’s stories are so magical, and the show allows kids, no matter what their age, to really participate with the material in a fun and engaging way.”

*Book either of these shows before October 31, 2015, and SAVE $50!

For more information, or to book, please call (416) 703-4881, or e-mail!

Photo Friday- Envelopes! Envelopes Everywhere!

Today, the SIA team spent a better portion of the day gathered at the meeting table. For what, you say? Why, stuffing envelopes of course!
We are excited to announce that our popular interactive touring program, Shakespeare Alive will be returning this Spring! The tour will start on March 31, and run until April 11. We are visiting schools across Toronto and the GTA, so make sure to book your school now!


Rosemary is focused on getting through her pile of flyers!


The wall between me and Rosemary is growing by the minute! And we weren’t even half finished at this point!

What’s Ahead in 2014

Happy New Year, everyone! The SIA team is back into the swing of things after the Winter Break, and we’ve got some great projects lined up in the coming months! Here is a taste of what is happening in 2014.

TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club


The TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club is our free readers’ theatre program for children ages 7-12, and is located at Toronto Public Library branches across the city! The Winter Session runs on Saturdays from February 1-March 8. Visit a participating branch to register!

The Shakespeare Challenge

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The Shakespeare Challenge is back for the third year! This year, our fearless champions will be performing an abridged version of Twelfth Night. On top of that, they will be raising money for Shakespeare in Action’s subsidized ticket program, providing access to theatre for students across Toronto. Tickets for the gala performance and silent auction on February 8 will be on sale soon, so make sure to check back for more information!

Sonnets by Kids for Valentine’s Day


Looking for a creative way to tell someone you love them this Valentine’s Day? Why not let us do the work! Purchase a Sonnet for your sweetie for only $25, and one of our talented Shakespeare Kids will call your loved one to recite a Shakespeare Sonnet just for them! Make sure to purchase yours today!

Romeo and Juliet

L-R: Kaleb Alexander and Shaina Silver-Baird Photo: Joel Charlebois

Romeo and Juliet returns as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring, along with Macbeth. Already enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, Romeo and Juliet will run from March 27-April 10. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Romeo and Juliet show page!


Double Tragedy: - Macbeth -  T-B: David Shelley and Kaleb Alexander Photo: Joel Charlebois

Macbeth is the second show on board as part of the Double Tragedy this Spring. Like Romeo and Juliet, this show has been enjoyed by thousands of students across Toronto and the GTA, and will run from March 28- April 11. For more information on performance dates and times, or to book your seats, visit the Macbeth show page!

Photo Friday- Everything’s Coming Up Hamlet!

Hello my dearest Shakespeare fans! I hope you all had a fabulous week. We are currently getting ready for our brand new production of Hamlet, and we decided to have some fun in the rehearsal space today!

Our lovely intern, Rosemary ponders those famous words… I don’t think I have to tell you what they are!


Hamlet runs from December 2-6, 2013 at Central Commerce Collegiate in Toronto. Tickets are available now!


Have a fantastic weekend!


Photo Friday – Shakespeare Alive, Rave Reviews!

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Shakespeare in Action has just wrapped up its Shakespeare Alive 2013 tour!  This 75-minute interactive presentation travelled to  elementary and secondary classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and gyms across the GTA!  Their goal was to show students why Shakespeare is still relevant and why his language – his poetry – is so important. Here’s what the teachers had to say about Shakespeare Alive!:


I was so impressed with the actors who came in and ran the workshop. They were exceptional and the kids loved it. I’m extremely happy with the way things went. It was an excellent experience for us.

-Jarrett Flindall, Middle School Teacher


I want to thank your organization for bringing an exciting, hilarious and gripping presentation to John Fraser Secondary School. Our students were energized and engaged throughout, and some even got to improv onstage in front of their drama teacher. We had a range from just-arrived ESL to near graduates take in the performance, and all the feedback I’ve heard from kids and teachers so far has been positive. Each kid came away with different favourite moments. They say they were impressed and enjoyed learning why we still care about Shakespeare.

Thanks for accommodating our needs, and thanks for a great show.

-Stephen Morra, High School Teacher


Yesterday’s performance was outstanding! The three performers were energetic, talented, funny, informative and it was a great pleasure for me to look out at the audience’s faces in the lecture theatre — the really academic students, the not-so-academic students — all were grinning and under the spell cast by your actors. The audience participation elements were very well received.I told your performers after the show that they made my job easier (the kids found a new respect for and interest in Shakespeare), but also harder, because how can we teachers match the fun of what they did?We would be pleased to have them come again in the future.

-Paula Nevins, High School Teacher

Adopt-A-School Program

Shakespeare in Action is proud to announce its Adopt-A-School Program!!

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I know what you are thinking… What IS the Adopt-A-School Program?

The Adopt-A-School Program is an accessibility program that allows children from ages 7-12 in your neighborhood schools to engage with Shakespeare’s plays in a unique way that demystifies the language and brings Shakespeare alive!

The primary goal of this program is to provide access to the arts. Shakespeare In Action works directly in your local school with an entire grade group or even with the entire school. We customize each program to meet the school’s needs. In 2012 we reached over 16,000 youth and 1000 families across the GTA through our performance, education and outreach programs.

All of our programming is delivered by professional actors and certified OCT educators. We believe that youth deserve the highest quality arts education and we won’t compromise.

The Adopt-A-School program allows schools with limited resources to benefit from the same programs available to private and separate schools. Our programming builds self-confidence, promotes spirited students, teamwork, and helps create a more productive and engaged individual.

How can you participate?

  1. Pick a school that needs your help.
  2. Contact Shakespeare in Action at (416) 703-4881.
  3. Make a donation to Shakespeare in Action designated toward Adopt-a-school.  Programs can be arranged for donations starting at $1,000.

Shakespeare in Action will take it from here customizing a program that meets the school’s needs. We’ll keep you posted on student progress and you’ll even receive feedback from the benefiting students.

We’ll share your story through our website, Facebook, Twitter and with a special press release announcing your organization’s involvement. Give the gift of language, creativity and the arts today!

For more info, please contact us at:

(416) 703-4881

Shakespeare Alive: Let the Tour Begin!

The beginning of our Ontario-wide interactive performance tour, Shakespeare Alive, is fast approaching! Starting Nov. 22nd, Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) – from our recent mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet – will be travelling to schools across southern Ontario.

Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) are taking the show on the road this week!

The program is designed to give students a thumbnail sketch of Shakespeare’s life, historical perspective on his work and tools to break through the Elizabethan language barrier. Best of all, the program can be tailored to specific plays, so every school will have an individual experience! Here’s where we’re headed:

On November 22nd we’re in Mississauga performing key scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Then on the 23rd, we end up in Windsor for a discussion of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and Hamlet. Busy day!

On the 24th we stay here in Toronto for a workshop on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (one of our favourites and set to reappear on the mainstage this May). The very next day we head up to King City with a program of key scenes from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.

On the 26th we can be found in both Oshawa and Dunnville! In Oshawa our program focuses on Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar. In the afternoon Dunnville students will learn more about Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.

And finally, on Nov. 29th we’re in Markham to perform some key scenes from Romeo and Juliet, followed the very next day by A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Scarborough.

Students at each school will participate in the 75-minute workshop for $5 each, and will also receive free resources and have a lot of fun with interactive learning. Let the tour begin!

By: Kathleen

Romeo and Juliet- Fall 2010 Preview

Here are some photos from our Fall 2010 mainstage production of Romeo and Juliet!

In this busy first scene of the play, the Capulets and Montagues fight in the town square.

Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) and Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) on the famous balcony.

Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi) have a mother-daughter moment.

A Capulet fighter (Norah Smith, far left) and Benvolio (Marcel Stewart, far right) look on as Tybalt (Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, left) and Mercutio (Ryan Field, right) taunt each other.

In this final scene from the play, the Nurse (Nicole Robert, far left) looks on as Capulet (Clyde Whitham), Lady Capulet (Catherine McNally) and Montague (Richard Stewart) mourn the deaths of their children Romeo (Kaleb Alexander) and Juliet (Bahareh Yaraghi). On the other side of the stage, the Friar (Peter Smith), the watchman (Marcel Stewart) and the Prince (Andy Trithardt) stand over Paris’ (Joe Bucci) dead body.

The lovely and talented cast all together with our director and fearless leader Michael Kelly!

For more of these great photos, please visit our Facebook profile, and visit our YouTube channel to see video from the performance! Photo credit goes to Joel Charlebois.


By: Kathleen

Don’t miss our early Bird Discounts for the 2010-2011 Mainstage Season!

Dear Teachers, Friends and Supporters,

We are pleased to announce our 2010-2011 season, jam-packed with fun, professional and affordable performances for students of all ages.

Shakespeare in Action has been committed to providing youth with the highest quality performances and educational programs for over 22 years, and we hope you will join us in the next school year!

For more information on our season, please visit our website (updated soon!) or call 416 703 4881.

What makes Shakespeare in Action different:

  • All mainstage performances are only $12 per student (when you book before our early bird discount dates)
  • We don’t charge HST or booking fees
  • We hire Union (Equity) actors, making our performances professional and unforgettable theatre experiences!
  • 22 years experience makes us the most trusted classical theatre company for young audiences company in Toronto.
  • Free talkbacks after all mainstage performances
  • Free teacher tickets, resource packs, created by teachers for teachers!
  • Expert and exceptional customer service, committed to giving your students the best theatre experience possible.

We hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Summer. To make sure you don’t miss out on our early-bird discounts, please contact our office at 416 703 4881 and register your interest to book today!

All the best, Mat Howard General Manager.