Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


Actors Paul Gross and Martha Burns will join President Allan Rock in launching the Shakespeare 400 events!


1 April

Lunchtime Shakespeare:  Toby Gelfand, History of Medicine, “A Plague on all their houses: Plagues, poxes, and passions in Shakespeare’s day” (1-2 pm, 129 Simard)

Shakespeare + Canada exhibition vernissage (5 pm, Archives and Special Collections, 039 Morisset)
This exhibit documents  Shakespeare’s presence from the 19th century to the present. Items include props, costumes, photos, books, programs, and posters from the archives of the Stratford Festival , the Theatre Museum of Canada, the National Arts Centre, Library and Archives Canada, the University of Ottawa, as well as private archives. The exhibit will include such remarkable items as an 1853 poster announcing an Arctic production of The Taming of the Shrew on board the H.M.S. Resolute (then engaged in the search for the lost Franklin expedition); and the sword used in the very first performance at Stratford, Ontario, by Alec Guinness who played Richard III. The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm and, exceptionally, on Saturday, April 23rd . Locations: Simard Hall, Archives and Special Collections (Morisset 039), and Desmarais (3rd Floor).

Falstaff’s Pub Night and Sonnet Competition (6:30 pm, Café Nostalgica)
Thirty-five contestants will read their Canadian-themed  submissions to the sonnet competition. Winners will be announced that evening and cash prizes distributed.

3-4 April

Shakespeare400 on Screen: The Taming of the Shrew (ByTowne Cinema)

7 April







Leading Role exhibition vernissage (5 pm, Academic Hall)
An exhibition of contemporary art that seeks to explore the performative nature of gender and identity in dialogue with the works of Shakespeare Co-curator and contact: Megan MacLaurin (Visual Arts) (


8 April

Lunchtime Shakespeare: Douglas Moggach, School of Political Studies, “Shakespeare and German Philosophy” ” (1-2 pm, 129 Simard)

Multilingual Hamlet (2:30-6:30 pm, Freiman Hall)
A reading of Hamlet in various languages by members of the University of Ottawa community.

10-11 April

Shakespeare400 on Screen: Macbeth (ByTowne Cinema)

13 April

Lunchtime Shakespeare: Gilles Comeau, School of Music, “The keyboard lesson during the Elizabethan period,” performance by Dr. Elaine Keillor (noon, Perez)
What was the music lesson like during the Elizabethan period? The Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory will feature video clips and live performances on reproductions of early keyboard instruments.

15-17 April

The Company of Adventurers presents Twelfth Night (Avalon Studios)
Show dates: April 15-17th, 7:00 pm. Tickets:  $10.00 adults; $5.00 children (18 and under). Tickets for the April 15-17th shows are SOLD OUT. An additional performance will take place on Monday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.. For tickets contact Cynthia Sugars (

17-18 April

Shakespeare400 on Screen: Maqbool (ByTowne Cinema)

21-23 April

Shakespeare + Canada conference

21 April

Shakespeare’s Will by Vern Thiessen. (Ticketed and open to the public). Presented by Bear & Co., featuring Eleanor Crowder, directed by Diana Fajrajsl. Followed by a talkback with Eleanor Crowder.

8:00 p.m. Academic Hall (133 Séraphin-Marion). Tickets available for purchase at the door.

24-25 April

Shakespeare400 on Screen: Antony and Cleopatra (ByTowne Cinema)


Past Events

Plays by, and inspired by, Shakespeare, performed in Academic Hall and Studio Léonard-Beaulne, Department of Theatre. ContactKathryn Prince (Theatre).

Shakespeare on the Platform.  The annual competition for local high school students sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS-Ottawa).  The aim is to foster English and interest in the theatre through the ability to project voice, style and drama in their recitals of chosen pieces from Shakespearean plays. The competitors are required to present a sonnet and a monologue or soliloquy before a panel of judges and an audience. Cash awards are presented to the top four competitors. An attractive trophy is presented to the winning school for display until the next year’s competition. November 18th 2015, 6PM, Academic Hall. Contact: Margaret Jones (

Shakespearean Stage Combat Workshop. Nicolas van Burek will lead a hands-on Shakespearean stage combat workshop, followed by a demonstration courtesy of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The event takes place on Saturday, February 6 from 1-5 pm in Studio Léonard Beaulne, which you’ll find in the basement of the Department of Theatre (135 Séraphin-Marion). Spaces are limited, the fee is $10, and participants must register in advance. (Les étudiants francophones sont bienvenus dans cet atelier, mais veuillez noter que la langue d’enseignement sera l’anglais).

Shakespeare Cabaret hosted by Thespis, the students’ association in the Department of Theatre, with Kathryn Prince. March 29th, 2016. Location: Café Alt, 6-10 pm.

A multi-modal display of Shakespeare in and out of the secondary school English classroom. Body biographies, graphic novels, graffiti walls, readers theatre, puppetry of found materials and more illustrate the possibilities of making Shakespeare accessible to all students. Contact: Cynthia Morawski (Education).

Graduate seminars: Shakespeare after 400: The Global and the Local and Canadian Shakespeares, or Shakespeare + Canada.

David Jalbert recording Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suite for piano. This arrangement in ten movements of the classic ballet based on Shakespeare’s play was created by Prokofiev himself who hoped to keep his work alive in the face of Stalinist opposition.

“Concord of Sweet Sounds” Concert. The Calixa-Lavallée choir under the direction of Laurence Ewashko and various soloists present a musical spectacle full of solos, duets, choruses, and instrumental works by eminent composers inspired by Shakespeare.  March 11th, 2016 Location:  Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 8pm. Admission: Voluntary contribution.

New  Composers. Music by student composers at the University of Ottawa featuring works inspired by Shakespeare. March 30th, 2016. Location: Tabaret Hall 8pm. Contact: John Armstrong (School of Music).

Brush Up Your Shakespeare: Gala Launch. A gala evening of star-studded musical and theatrical performances to launch, Shakespeare400. Hosted by CBC’s Alan Neal (All in a Day), “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” features Shakespearean scenes performed by Paul Gross and Martha Burns (Stratford Festival, Slings and Arrows) and Shakespeare-themed songs from the Baroque to Broadway performed by John Avery, Pascale Beaudin, Pierre Étienne Bergeron, Sandra Graham, Miriam Khalil, and Christiane Riel. All proceeds from ticket sales donated to Performing Arts Lodge Ottawa for the benefit of local artists in need. January 23, 2016 7:30 p.m.


More Shakespeare in the Summer!
  • Shakespeare: A Celebration — Wednesday, May 18th  Ottawa Society for the Arts and Sciences
    This celebration will commemorate the genius of Shakespeare for the 4th centenary of his death in 2016. The evening will consist of scenes and readings from the bard’s works and will be hosted by the Shakespearean scholar Dr. Ian Cameron. For more information visit the OSFAS website: