Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none – W. Shakespeare. Love him or hate him; you can’t deny his influence in our society today. One of my top gratis summer activities is Montreal’s very own Shakespeare in the park. This theater company has been around for over 25 years and for many– it is an annual outing in their local park.
This year, we have the pleasure of viewing Julius Caesar in an all woman cast! It’s an innovative and creative ways to showcase a classical piece in an outdoor and relaxed setting i.e. your local park. In case you are wondering what this might look like; yes there is a real stage, there are beautiful costumes and set, authentic Shakespeare dialogue and even… paid actors! It is as professional as it gets and you will not be disappointed in the quality of the show. I know… some of you are thinking… I don’t understand Shakespeare… this reminds me of my English class/teacher I never liked… I get it… if it’s not Romeo and Juliet – you’re not really sure what’s going on.
I personally am not too familiar with all these plays but do not be alarmed – I assure you will still benefit from your lovely evening and nobody will judge you on your lack of knowledge of the Bard… but nevertheless there is always a synopsis online that can help. 😉
What you really need here is easy; good company (that can consist of simply yourself), delicious food and drinks (think picnic or takeout), a blanket or some outdoor chairs… hope for some good weather and you are all set! Now you are ready to take pleasure in a casual night out enjoying the weather watching some Shakespeare in a park near you.
It is so rare today to have access to this kind of quality cultural event without any charge (I do encourage a donation though!) that to me, it should be on everyone’s summer list. It’s simple, fun and relaxing. Regardless of your level of interest in the play – you will enjoy the ambiance, the weather and be entertained. Summer is short so take advantage! Here is the list of planned performances for 2016 – my personal favorite location is the “spooky” and distinctive Mount Royal Cemetery, which has its own visiting appeal in itself.
Tour Dates 2016 (please note: all shows start at 7PM)
|July 7, 2016||Mount Royal Cemetery||Outremont|
|July 8, 2016||Parc Philippe-Laheurte||Saint-Laurent|
|July 9, 2016||Lower Field||McGill University|
|July 10, 2016||Square Cabot||Ville-Marie|
|July 12, 2016||Parc Westmount||Westmount|
|July 13, 2016||Parc Westmount||Westmount|
|July 14, 2016||Parc Jarry||Park Extension|
|July 15, 2016||Parc Basler||Morin Heights|
|July 16, 2016||Parc NDG||NDG|
|July 17, 2016||Parc Jeanne-Mance||Plateau|
|July 19, 2016||Parc Sorbonne||Brossard|
|July 20, 2016||Parc Ecclestone||Kirkland|
|July 21, 2016||Parc de West Vancouver||Nuns’ Island|
|July 22, 2016||Parc Centennial||Beaconsfield|
|July 23, 2016||Plage Douglass||Knowlton|
|July 24, 2016||Lac du Village||Saint Bruno|
|July 26, 2016||Parc À-Ma-Baie||Pierrefonds|
|July 27, 2016||Parc Rembrandt||Côte-Saint-Luc|
|July 28, 2016||Parc Pine Beach||Dorval|
|July 29, 2016||Grove Hall||Huntingdon|
|July 30, 2016||Parc Westmount||Westmount|
|July 31, 2016||Parc Westmount||Westmount|
|August 2, 2016||Centre Canadien d’Architecture||Ville-Marie|
|August 3, 2016||Centre communautaire Fritz||Baie d’Urfe|