The Pitch: Graham Abbey on why you should see The Winter’s Tale


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L-R: Sarena Parmar, Brent Carver, Lucy Peacock, Tom McCamus, Michelle Giroux, Graham Abbey

Tim Leyes

I was first introduced to William Shakespeare at the age of 10, when I appeared as a forest gnome in a production at the Stratford Festival. Thirty-five years later and Shakespeare is my passion; his plays are my bible. 

The Winter’s Tale is the inaugural production for my Toronto-based Groundling Theatre Company. Just as Shakespeare’s company moved to the Black Friars after summers at the Globe, Groundling Theatre is bringing Shakespeare to an indoor urban winter audience. 

The Winter’s Tale is a psychologically engrossing and romantic tale. What if we really could bring back a lost love? What would we be willing to sacrifice to do so? What would we say? These are some of the questions I am interested in exploring with the amazing cast. 

Like when the Rolling Stones played the El Mocambo, Groundling Theatre presents the rock stars of Canadian theatre at the intimate Coal Mine on the Danforth. That’s why you should go see The Winter’s Tale.

The Winter’s Tale runs at Coal Mine Theatre until Feb. 20.

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