Four for Twenty (Or Less)
This week’s edition of Cheap Theatre has four instead of five shows for you to watch that cost under $20. The week’s theme is plays based on classical works by William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. If you’re looking for something different to do on date night, here are some great shows you can see.
You will notice a bonus show at the end that isn’t as cheap but with a cast like Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons, we think it’s worth mentioning.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare (Urban Bard). The company presents the classic comedy outdoors. Opens Jun 17 and runs to Jul 2, Thu-Sat 7:30 pm (no show Jul 1). PWYC ($15 sugg). Dundee Place Courtyard, 1 Adelaide E. urbanbard.ca.
NEARLY LEAR Adapted from Shakespeare by Susanna Hamnett and Edith Tankus (Red Sandcastle Theatre). Hamnett performs a solo show based on King Lear using storytelling, film and music. Opens Jun 24 and runs to Jul 3, Fri-Sun 7 pm (no show Jul 1). $12 (opening gala $27). 922 Queen E. 416-845-9411.
THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare (Canadian Stage Dream in High Park). A jealous king puts his wife on trial in this outdoor production. Opens Jun 28 and runs to Sep 4, Tue-Sun 8 pm. Pwyc ($20 sugg); under 14 free. High Park Amphitheatre, Bloor W and Parkside. canadianstage.com/dream.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde (Brant Theatre Workshops). Victorian manners and morals are exposed in this comedy performed in the castle’s gardens. Jun 27-29, Mon-Wed 8 pm. $20. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace. 416-923-1171, casaloma.org.
MUSIC INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE (BlackCreek Summer Music Festival). Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons recite verses as the Castleton Festival Orchestra and Chorus perform. Jun 29 at 8 pm. $45-$125. Rexall Centre, 1 Shoreham. blackcreekfestival.com.