Upcoming Show:

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Withrow Park
August 15th–September 3rd


A Midsummer Mixtape at Crow's Theatre

July 10-14 Ruff hosts a summer camp with Crow's Theatre
Exploring collective creation & skill building using Shakespeare's most magical play
Geared towards pre-teens


Community Choir

Come sing with us in A Midsummer Night's Dream
No choir prior experience necessary...we promise
Deadline to join is June 18th

“It’s Shakespeare in the Ruff, our city’s most constantly engaging outdoor theatre company.”

Richard OuzounianToronto Star, August, 2015

“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 BimmNNNN, Now Magazine, August 22, 2012

“Shakespeare in the Ruff can be relied on for a stimulating, unusual take on the Bard, and the company’s fifth production, Romeo & Juliet, continues the tradition.”

Jon KaplanNOW Magazine, August, 2016

Shakespeare in the Ruff is a professional outdoor theatre company that breathes life and magic into Shakespeare’s works for Toronto’s diverse and contemporary audience. Our work lies at the intersection of Outdoor Theatre, Education, and Community Building.

Ruff’s Community Choir

Lead by Maddie Bautista, our intergenerational Community Choir will be an integral part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. No prior choir experience necessary – apply today!

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