Festivals & Events


Introducing Shakespeare
Free Lecture

Mon Jan 20 7:00PM - Lecture / 8-10pm - Mix & Mingle

Ventura Hall, West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue
Wheelchair accessible
Capacity 380

Host: Dr. Margaret Groome
Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Arts – English, Theatre, Film & Media

Margaret is recognized as a specialist practitioner in the performance challenges of Shakespeare's texts, as a significant scholar in Shakespeare studies, and as a director of Shakespeare's works. Her award-winning publications include "Affirmative Shakespeare at Canada's Stratford Festival, "Stratford and the Aspirations for a Canadian National Theatre," and "'No more but e'en a woman' A Brave Tale of Toils and Triumphs: Women Directing the Bard in Twentieth Century Britain." In addition to her scholarly and teaching career, Margaret has worked as an actor and director in Canadian theatre for over 45 years.

Following Margaret’s talk, we’re inviting festival performers and patrons to mix and mingle. Chat with fellow theatre lovers in a casual atmosphere as Mama Cutsworth spins a few tunes.
60 minutes

Artists’ Panel on Everything Shakespeare
Free Lecture

Sun Jan 26 12:00PM

Tom Hendry Warehoues
140 Rupert Avenue
Wheelchair accessible
Capacity 286

Okay, maybe we won’t talk about everything Shakespeare but with these five multi-talented artists in the mix, we’ll cover some interesting ground. Join us for a lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities involved with producing, adapting, directing and teaching the works of Shakespeare in today’s complex and constantly changing world.
Participating artists:
Kevin Klassen – Echo Theatre, HAMLET (the rest is silence)
Kelly Daniels – KRAKT Theatre, Shakespeare’s Villains & III
Rodrigo Beilfuss – Shakespeare in the Ruins, Artistic Director
Kendra Jones – impel theatre, I, Malvolio
Sharon Bajer – The Keep Theatre – 12th NIGHT – a musical
60 minutes

Shake-able Shakespeare – Exploring Victorians Lecture Series
Free Lecture

Sun Jan 26 1:30PM

Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre
61 Carlton Street
Wheelchair accessible
Capacity 75

In the spirit of ShakespeareFest, the Dalnavert Museum is pleased to have local actor, director, playwright and producer Kevin Klassen talk about why we keep returning to plays by Shakespeare, why we love to shake them up, and how Henry Irving revolutionized Shakespeare in the Victorian era! friendsofdalnavert.ca
60 minutes

Opera by the Pint - the Bard Edition

Flipside Opera

Wed Jan 29, 7:30PM

Little Brown Jug
336 William Avenue
Wheelchair accessible
Capacity 100

Flipside is serving up Opera by the Pint!
Admission is free, the beer is flowing and the opera is spontaneous! Singers will share their favourite solos and ensembles from the world of Shakespeare.
Come watch opera in its rawest form.
90 minutes
Doors open 1 hour before showtime

Free Film Screenings

Millennium Library, Carol Shields Auditorium
251 Donald Street (2nd floor)
Wheelchair accessible
Capacity 120

Doors open 30 minutes before film
Julius Caesar (1953)

Sat Jan 25 11:00AM (120 mins)
Brutus, Cassius and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture. Starring Marlon Brando, John Geilgud and Deborah Kerr.
Looking for Richard (1996)
Sat Feb 1 11:00AM (112 mins)
Part classical performance and part examination of Shakespearean dramaturgy, this acclaimed film features Al Pacino as both director and star of a production of Richard III.
All is True (2018)
Sat Feb 8 11:00AM (101 mins)
The year is 1613. Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age but disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.
Descriptions from Criterion On-Demand