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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.

Pre-Show Family Workshops

Discover the world of Cymbeline through drama workshops for all ages - from 5 to 105! Join us from 5-6pm on August 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st in the north-end of the park, just east of the tennis courts and playground. Workshops are free-of-charge, but space is limited - sign up today!

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Cymbeline???

Never heard of it? Not to worry, you're not the only only one. Ruff's Artistic Director, Brendan McMurtry Howlett, explains the logic behind the choice of one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays for our third season (synopsis included)

SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

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...

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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

  • Join the front of house team this summer in Withrow Park. Spend a beautiful evening underneath the stars while helping us show people to their (grassy) seats.

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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

Popular blog posts:

Gala Top 10-Jesse Griffiths

The annual Shakespeare in the Ruff Elizabethan Gala is the company’s major fundraising initiative.  We rent a space, in this case the Enoch Turner School House, load up on the food and drink and plan a packed program from beginning

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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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