Photo: Dion Johnstone as Brutus and Jim Mezon as Caesar (Dahlia Katz)

JULIUS CAESAR opens January 10 at Crow’s Theatre

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To begin the theatrical new year, Groundling Theatre Co. partners with Crow’s Theatre, bringing together a powerhouse team of the country’s leading classical actors to present an urgently contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s iconic story of idealism, power, corruption and violence.

Directed by Chris Abraham and starring Dion Johnstone as Brutus and Graham Abbey as Marc Antony, Julius Caesar begins performances at Streetcar Crowsnest on January 7.

Just announced: Julius Caesar extended one week to February 2! Read the announcement here.

A Groundling Theatre and Crow’s Theatre Co-Production

January 7 – February 2, 2020
Guloien Theatre, Streetcar Crowsnest
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2T1
Written by William Shakespeare
Additional Writing by Zack Russell
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 they’ve done, and whats to come.

The best Shakespeare I’ve seen in Toronto.




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 Graham Abbey, Groundling Theatre Co. is a 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.