January 28th – February 20th, 2016 at the Coal Mine Theatre


THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare

Written near the end of his career, and considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces, The Winter’s Tale chronicles the descent of the King of Sicilia into a world of jealousy, murder and conspiracy when he falsely accuses his queen of an infidelity with his oldest friend. Upon receiving news that his wife and young son have died under the strain of public humiliation, and believing his newborn daughter to be not his own, the vengeful King orders the child to be abandoned on the remote shores of Bohemia, where divine intervention plants the seeds of forgiveness and rebirth, and awakens the possibility of faith in all of us.

Presented by Coal Mine Theatre (1454 Danforth, just west of Coxwell)

Previews: January 26-27
Opening night: January 28 (SOLD OUT)
Closing night: February 20

Shows nightly at 7:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday (Mondays dark). Doors open at 6:45pm
Matinees: Sunday February 7th and Saturday February 13th at 1pm. Doors open at 12:15pm.

Walk-ups available EVERY NIGHT. Either cushions, or regular chairs, or both! Don’t let the online “sold out” notice scare you away.  

Online tickets may be released the day of each performance. Please keep checking. Thank you. 

Tickets $35
Previews $25
Rush Tickets $30 at the door, cash only. (limited availability)
Groundling Seats (very comfortable cushions on the floor) $20 at the door, cash only.
Sunday Nights Pay What You Want – Limited tickets available at the door.

Rush tickets available for all nights at the door. Cash only, first come, first served.

(HST included in price)


Brent Carver
Mark Crawford
Charlie Gallant
Patrick Galligan
Michelle Giroux
Roy Lewis
Callum McAllister
Tom McCamus
Lucy Peacock
Sarena Parmar
Robert Persichini


Production Sponsors
Eli and Philip Taylor

Graham Abbey

Live, original music by
George Meanwell

Set and Lighting Design
Steve Lucas

Costume Design
Michael Gianfrancesco & Jenna McCutchen

Stage Manager
Michael Hart



1. A person who stood in the pit of an Elizabethan theatre

2. One that lives or works on or near the ground


The Will of the People: Shakespeare Re-invented

Founded in 2011 by acclaimed stage, TV and film actor Graham Abbey, Groundling Theatre Co. is a new Toronto based theatre company committed to producing imaginative, original and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works inspired by Shakespeare, in an effort to educate and inspire a new generation of audiences and artists.

By taking Shakespeare out of its traditional context Groundling Theatre hopes to re-examine and re-interpret the canon, allowing audiences old and new alike to relate the timeless themes contained in Shakespeare’s plays to their own world and the issues relevant to a contemporary Canadian context.

Groundling celebrated its company launch on Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at the Ignatieff Theatre, followed by a cocktail reception at Massey College, University of Toronto. See more details.