Sharing recognition with dozens of worldwide Shakespeare in the Park summer outdoor festivals, High Park’s The Dream in High Park is Canada’s oldest, annual outdoor theatre event.

Celebrating its 35th year, the outdoor amphitheater located in High Park has become a seasonal destination for thousands of annual spectators. This year the “pay what you can” (suggested $20 – kids always free) open air theatre with performances running till September 3rd –  is offering up contemporary versions of two Shakespeare classics; King Lear & Twelfth Night.

Canadian Stage produces both plays in collaboration with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design of York University.

Originally performing in High Park’s Shakespeare in the Park during the summer of 1983, actress Diane D’Aquila has returned to Toronto to play Fabinana in Twelfth Night and switching it up by starring as the King in King Lear.  The intentional gender switch pays homage to the character of King Lear and his sexist nature.

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Photo Credit Cylla von Tiedemann

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