Toronto Summer | Canadian Stage Presents Shakespeare's Hamlet Dream In High Park

From a media release

Toronto Summer
Canadian Stage Presents Shakespeare's Hamlet
Dream In High Park

TORONTO - Dive into the electrifying world of Shakespeare's timeless masterpiece Hamlet, helmed by Jessica Carmichael (Stratford, Shaw, Blyth) with a fantastic ensemble of players. Performances takes place July 21 to September 1, 2024 in Toronto's High Park. 

Dream in High Park - Hamlet

Set amidst the tumultuous backdrop of political intrigue and familial betrayal, this iconic tale follows the tormented Prince of Denmark as he grapples with existential questions of life, death, and revenge.

Director Jessica Carmichael

An artist of mixed Abénaki/Euro heritage, Jessica trained at the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & King’s College London (MA Text & Performance Studies with Distinction), the University of Alberta (MFA Directing with Distinction) and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction (Stratford Festival, 2014 & 2016).  

Selected recent directing credits:

Directing (select): The Clearing (Shaw Festival of Canada 2023) Grief (Concordia University Theatre Department, 2023), Middletown (The National Theatre School of Canada, 2023), The Rez Sisters (Stratford Festival of Canada's 2021 Season); Medicine Wheel, Dream Girl, Across This Body, Dark Matters all responding to the 2019 report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls for New Harlem's commissioned Embodying Power and Place (New Harlem Productions in association with Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts 2021).

She is a past artistic associate with Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto and was Program Director of their Creators Unit Animiikiig.

Canadian Stage - Dream in HIgh Park
Canadian Stage - Dream in High Park (Photo courtesy of Canadian Stage)

The cast for Hamlet includes:

  • Prince Amponsah
  • Raquel Duffy
  • Christo Graham
  • Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
  • Sam Khalilieh
  • Qasim Khan
  • Breton Lalama
  • Beck Lloyd
  • Diego Matamoros
  • Dan Mousseau
  • Amelia Sargisson
  • James Dallas Smith

Fast Facts

  • Most seating is on the grass; blankets and pillows are welcome. Limited accessible seating is also available (contacting the box office is recommended). 
  • Lawn chairs are available to rent.
  • Audience members are welcome to bring along picnics, snacks, or enjoy concessions on site.
  • The production is appropriate for adults and kids of all ages.
  • In the event of rain or severe weather during the show, Canadian Stage may delay, pause, or cancel the performance. Please note: we very rarely make rain cancellations prior to 8pm.