4**** (out of 4)   Top-notch cast in delightful The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

NNNNN  “Measure For Measure is a perfectly built productionJon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“One of the best productions I’ve seen. Don’t miss it” Mooney on Theatre

“a funny, sophisticated, moving, and simply wonderful modern-dress adaptation.” Chris Klippenstein, Mooney on Theatre

Both shows are presented at the historic
Winter Garden Theatre from January 17-February 19, 2017.




About the Plays

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 Leontes, King of Sicilia (Tom McCamus) into a world of jealousy, murder and conspiracy when he falsely accuses his queen Hermione (Michelle Giroux) of an infidelity with his oldest friend Polixenes (Patrick Galligan). 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. When divine intervention plants the seeds of forgiveness and rebirth, the possibility of faith is reawakened.

Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s darker comedies thought to have been written at the height of his career just before a string of classic tragedies which include Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. The story begins with the Duke of Vienna, in our production a Duchess (Lucy Peacock), who decides to cede power to her deputy Angelo (Tom McCamus) in an effort to restore order and law to a society thought to be overrun with depravity and sexual licence. As one of his first ordinations, Angelo sentences a young man Claudio (Charlie Gallant) to death for fornication outside of marriage. Isabella (Michelle Giroux), Claudio’s sister and a nun in training, goes to Angelo to plead for her brother’s life. In response to Isabella’s plea for mercy Angelo offers her an impossible bargain; Claudio’s freedom in exchange for Isabella’s chastity. What follows is a struggle for justice and vindication in the face of extraordinary abuses of power and authority which seem torn from the headlines of our present day newscasts.



Brent Carver
Mark Crawford
Charlie Gallant
Patrick Galligan
Michelle Giroux
Roy Lewis
Callum McAllister
Tom McCamus
Lucy Peacock
Sarena Parmar
Karen Robinson
Steven Sutcliffe


Season Sponsor
BMO Financial

Graham Abbey

Associate Director
Brad Hodder

Live, original music by
George Meanwell

Set and Lighting Design
Steve Lucas

Costume Design
Jenna McCutchen

Stage Manager
Brian Scott

Apprentice Stage Manager
Gregory McLaughlin

Production Manager
A.J Morra

Anna Kajtar

Executive Producer
Robert Richardson, Marquis Entertainment

Touchwood PR

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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.