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What we do:

Every summer, for the last three weeks of August, you can find us performing our version of one of Shakespeare's plays on a stage between two magnificent trees in Withrow Park, in Toronto's East End.

Global Morning TV Interview

Check out Artistic Director, Brendan McMurtry Howlett and Director of Richard III, Diane D'Aquila discuss our production of Richard III, on the Global Morning Show


2014 Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now being accepted for our free-of-charge, summer-long acting intensive. Spend a summer being mentored by profession theatre practitioners and creating a performance that you'll share with Ruff audiences in Withrow Park.


The First 100 Hundreds

This is the list of the first 100 people who donated $100 or more to Shakespeare in the Ruff over the past year and a half. We are thrilled to announce that the list is now complete. Thanks to you all for your support & generosity


Important Info

How To Find Us

Withrow Park is located south of the Danforth between Chester and Pape subway stations, in Toronto’s east end. View Larger Map Find us where you see the evergreen on the map; we’re south of the club house between the two big trees. If you reach the rink, you’ve gone too far.

Call for Volunteers

  • Help us with our next event
  • Host a Serving Shakespeare Evening
  • Join our Board of Directors

Click HERE for more info

Reviews & Testimonials next prev

  • "Richard III again demonstrates the company’s ability to realize an ambitious vision. While making the Bard relevant, fun and engaging, they’ve solidified their place among the best outdoor Shakespeare experiences in the city."

    Jordan Bimm-NOW Magazine, Review for 'Richard III'

  • "I fell in love with Toronto’s newest company, Shakespeare in the Ruff, the minute they walked onto their makeshift stage in Withrow Park"

    Richard Ouzounian-The Toronto Star, Review for 'Two Gents'

  • "The company’s boldest stroke, however, is to rewrite the play’s sexist ending, cannily replacing it with one of Shakespeare’s best-known sonnets. It displays an ingenuity that bodes well for future shows."

    Martin Morrow-The Grid, Review for 'Two Gents'

  • "This summer has been one of the most amazing summers in my life. When I signed up for the Young Ruffian program, I knew that I would have fun. But I had no idea that I would have this much fun. I have learned so much about what kind of work goes into the process of acting and directing. Being able to work with a professional theatre company was so great. This whole experience has changed my life for the better. I hope future Young Ruffians have as much fun as I did."

    Katasha James, Young Ruffian alumni-2012

  • "When it's this easy and this attractive to come out into a park on a beautiful Friday night in August, there's not a whole lot of reason not to do it, especially when the price is so reasonable."

    Alex, Audience Member-2013

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2014 Season Announcement

Ruff’s Artistic Director, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, will be directing the company’s third show in Withrow Park; Cymbeline Right, so after an obscure comedy like Two Gents, and a dark twisted play like Richard III, it perhaps would have made sense for

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