Upcoming Show:

Upcoming Show:
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Withrow Park
August 15th–September 3rd.


Young Ruffians:

What are you doing this summer?!
Spend the hottest months with the city’s coolest theatre company!

“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.

Young Ruffian Apprenticeship Program

Every summer we run a free-of-charge training program for theatre loving teens. Join a cutting-edge company and be mentored by a professional actor while you create your own show! Applications close May 15th


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