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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.

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Call for Volunteers

  • Do you have skills that could help a young theatre company? Do you enjoy helping out at fundraising events? Do you have a circle of friends who would enjoy a Shakespearean themed cocktail party? Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you.

Click HERE for more info

Benefits of Giving

Help our actors earn a living wage and get some great benefits while you’re at it. Your donations help to ensure a long-lasting tradition of Shakespeare in Withrow Park and it could even land you a part in the show…

Benefits HERE

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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