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We are thrilled to announce that Groundling Theatre has won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Best Production of the Year” for The Winter’s Tale
From the bottom of our heart, thank you to everyone who helped us get here!

The new Groundling Theatre Company makes its bow with the best Shakespeare I’ve seen in Toronto”
Robert Cushman, National Post
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“Expert performances and direction combine with an intimate venue to make The Winter’s Tale a knockout”
Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine Read more

“The Groundling Theatre Company telling of The Winter’s Tale is not only the best rendition of that play I have ever seen, but one of the finest Shakespearean productions as well” 
Retired Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian

Thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural production.We could not be more thrilled to have shared it with you. Those of you who missed it, we’re sorry! We will be in touch shortly about upcoming projects.



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.