The merry wives of windsor

Shakespeare at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival!

The Toronto Fringe Festival begins on July 1, 2015, and with over 150 different shows participating, there is definitely something for everyone! This year, there are some great looking Shakespeare shows to get your fix of The Bard!

Twelfe Night, or what you will


Performed by: Ale House Theatre Co.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
The epic 90 minute remount.

A remount of their popular 90 minute show from 2013, Ale House Theatre Co will be performing Twelfe Night, or what you will at St. Vladimir Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

The Merry Wives of Windsor


Performed by: Shakespeare BASH’d

Join your favourite Best of Fringe winning Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare BASH’d, for the Bard’s outrageous rural comedy: The Merry Wives of Windsor. In a world of drunks and cuckolds, two witty women set out to teach a lesson of love and jealousy.
Come crush a cup at the Victory cafe with this battle of wits.
“I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”

Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor will take place at the Victory Cafe during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

Hamlet… A Puppet Epic!


Performed by: Shakey-Shake and Friends

Plots! Schemes! Puppets! There’s something awesome in the state of Denmark! FringeKids favourite Shakey-Shake and Friends return with their most ambitious play yet: Hamlet! Comic hijinks abound as Shakes and the gang tell the tale of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy in the lighthearted tradition of the Muppets.

Performance of Hamlet… A Puppet Epic! will take place at the George Ignatieff Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

If you can’t make it to any of these shows, there are still plenty to choose from. See the list of all participating shows here!

What if Shakespeare…were a FISHERMAN?

Here’s another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon
the coast on Wednesday the four-score of April,
forty thousand fathom above water. [1]
What have we here? a man or a fish?
he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-
like smell. [2]
As fish are in a pond. [3]
What strange fish hath made his meal on thee? [4]
The luce is the fresh fish; the salt fish is an old coat. [5]

Nay, then thou wilt starve, sure; for here’s nothing
to be got now-a-days, unless thou canst fish for’t. [6]
A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat
of the fish that hath fed of that worm. [7]

Than baits to fish. [8]
Bait the hook well; this fish will bite. [9]
The pleasant’st angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait. [10]

Here’s a fish hangs in the net. [11]
Is a plain fish, and, no doubt, marketable. [12]
I marvel how the fishes live in the sea. [13]

Shakespeare re-arranged by Zhan Zhang.


1) Winter’s Tale [IV. 4. 2160-2162]
2) Tempest [II. 2. 1108-1111]
3) Henry IV [Part II. I, 1. 258]
4) Tempest [II. 1. 812-813]
5) Merry Wives of Windsor [I. 1. 20]
6) Pericles [II. 1. 649-650]
7) Hamlet [IV. 3. 2738]
8) Titus Andronicus [IV. 4. 2115]
9) Much Ado about Nothing [II. 3. 927]
10) Much Ado about Nothing [III. 1. 1101-1103]
11) Pericles [II. 1. 695]
12) Tempest [V. 1 2343]
13) Pericles [II. 1. 606]

Wordy Wednesday – “The world is yours for the taking”

This week’s Wordy Wednesday is going to try to inspire one and all during this dull dreary half winter half spring time!  We’ve got ourselves another phrase this week coming from The Merry Wives of Windsor: the world’s mine oyster.

By this, Shakespeare meant that the world is there for the taking.  It’s full of chances and opportunities for you to take advantage of.

My message to you:

The world is yours for the taking – do with it what you will!  You can do anything, achieve anything, and become anything that you want.  The world is open for you to make your own opportunities and go after whatever it is you want.  Just put your mind to it and get going!

So keep that in mind and let’s all hope for spring to be on its way sooner rather than later!