Battle of the Bastards – Toronto Fringe 2013 Press Release

From press release:


STRAP ON YOUR CODPIECE for the Battle of the Bastards

Fresh from the New Zealand International Comedy Festival comes a grisly and raucously funny twist on a Shakespearean classic. Christchurch carnie David Ladderman is here to harness the power of sword fights, Elizabethan cussing, and a squishy pumpkin.
You Rung? Productions was formed amidst the rubble of the Christchurch earthquakes. The theatres had fallen down and the city was in chaos when producer Lizzie Tollemache and writer David Ladderman met, rehearsing post-apocalyptic Shakespeare on the ruins of Christchurch’s iconic Volcano Bar. Two Shakespeare geeks combined to turn tragedy into comedy- King Lear became Battle of the Bastards.

David Ladderman is an actor, busker and carnie for The Loons Circus Theatre Company, the NBR New Zealand Opera, red carpet entertainer for The Hobbit, and a World Buskers Festival regular. Lizzie Tollemache is an actor, improviser and producer for The Court Theatre, Christchurch Arts Festival, NZ Rugby World Cup and NZ International Comedy Fest. They both own codpieces and are both saucy lewdsters.

“Intelligent, raucously funny, rich, varied and grisly… Highly recommended” –New Zealand Theatreview (Battle of the Bastards)
Someone who knows how to work the crowd to perfection… brilliant fun.” –Nelson Mail (Battle of the Bastards)
You Rung?
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents
Battle of the Bastards
written by David Ladderman and William Shakespeare
directed by Mike Friend
starring David Ladderman
produced and stage managed by Lizzie Tollemache
Opens  FRIDAY, JULY 5th, 2013 runs to SATURDAY, JULY 13th

TARRAGON THEATRE MAINSPACE, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X3

July 5, 10:30pm
July 6, 9:15pm
July 7, 6:30pm
July 9, 1:15pm
July 10, 2:15pm
July 12, 3:30pm
July 13, 8pm

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.


At-the-door tickets: $10
At-the-door tickets are available at TARRAGON THEATRE starting one hour prior to show time – cash sales only.
Advance tickets: $11
50% of tickets are available for sale in advance.
Advance tickets are on sale now.
Purchase online:
By Phone: 416-966-1062, ext 1.
In Person: During the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).