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Who are these Ruffians?

Get to know the artists behind Toronto's "most constantly engaging outdoor theatre company"!


The Ruff Masterclass

Dive into Shakespeare with a Canadian stage legend

“When it comes to Toronto’s outdoor summer Shakespeare game, the Ruffians are hard to beat, and Midsummer only bolsters their status as an enduring summer tradition."

Jordan BimmNNNN, Now Magazine, August 24, 2017

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

Richard OuzounianToronto Star, August, 2015

“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.

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Keep Withrow Park Magical. By supporting Shakespeare in the Ruff, you support our mentorship programs, our artists and family events beneath the stars. Discover all the benefits of joining our ranks.