Groundling Theatre is thrilled to announce its next season: Partnering with Crow’s Theatre;

Shakespeare veterans Dion Johnstone & Graham Abbey set to star in JULIUS CAESAR in January 2020

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Chris Abraham’s Julius Caesar brings Crow’s Theatre together with Groundling Theatre and reunites director Abraham with actors Dion Johnstone – currently on Broadway in King Lear – and Graham Abbey, who co-starred in Abraham’s acclaimed 2013 production of Othello for the Stratford Festival, for a story that grapples with the rise of authoritarianism, and the ethics of violence as a tool for progressive change.

This modern-dress production will build on Abraham’s growing body of work in the Shakespearean canon, including his lauded Stratford productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, and most recently, Macbeth for Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach. Groundling Theatre returns to Toronto stages, after partnering with Crow’s Theatre and Canadian Stage to bring Stratford’s acclaimed Tartuffe to Toronto this past January.

A Groundling Theatre and Crow’s Theatre Co-Production
Julius Caesar January 7 – January 26, 2020 (Guloien Theatre)
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Chris Abraham
Graham Abbey
Dion Johnstone
Andre Sills
Jim Mezon
Moya O’Connell
Sara Afful
Ryan Cunningham
Diego Matamoros
Michelle Giroux
Walter Borden
Jani Lauzon

In the most powerful state on earth, a coalition of educated elites, alarmed at their leaders populist, authoritarian reforms, conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, a civil war erupts, as ghosts, revolutionaries, and politicians contend with what theyve done, and whats to come. A co-production from Crow’s Theatre and Groundling Theatre (King Lear, The Winter’s Tale) following their celebrated co-presentation of Tartuffe, the production will bring the countrys most acclaimed Shakespearean actors to Streetcar Crowsnest for the first time.

The best Shakespeare I’ve seen in Toronto.




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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 Shakespeares 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.