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