On Thursday I had the pleasure of going to see Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park. It started off as another one of those things I have always wanted to do in Toronto, and ended with me crossing off another item on my Summer To Do List. This year is the 30th anniversary of Shakespeare in High Park, and I will be adding it on to my list of annual traditions.
My friend and fellow blogger Paul (from Some Bucket List), invited me to go with him and I had looking forward to the show all week. On the big day, the sky was full of grey clouds and the possibility of rain hung in the air all afternoon. We debated wether it would still be worth going to and decided to risk it. I am so glad we decided to go because we didn’t get a drop of rain. It was a full house too so I can imagine it must get quite busy on a clear, warm Saturday night.
I felt a little unprepared, as most people brought fancy picnics with colourful salads, cheeses, and delicious smelling meats, so I was thankful Paul knew to bring some snacks. The Amphitheater has tiered lawn seating so a blanket, chair or an old pair of Jeans is recommended.
It was truly magical being outdoors and as the sun went down, the stage began to glow with little ferry lights around the perimeter. I forgot how much I enjoy Shakespeare, particularly modern adaptations. The actors were excellent and kept me laughing through out the entire show. I particularly appreciated the inclusion of Canadian paraphernalia – a set of Muskoka chairs for the king and queen to sit on as mounties kept watch over them.
Performances run every Tuesday- Sunday at 8pm (Doors open at 6pm) from June 22- September 2 so there are many opportunists to see the show. Admission is a donation ($20 recommended) and there is a concession stand if you forget your snacks like me.
What a perfect way to relax and spend an evening this summer.