Founded in 2011 by acclaimed stage, TV and film actor Graham Abbey, Groundling Theatre Company is a Toronto based theatre company committed to producing imaginative, original and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays as well as works inspired by Shakespeare.
Groundling Theatre’s most recent production was the critically-acclaimed, sold out Julius Caesar, directed by Chris Abraham and co-produced with Crow's Theatre, January 7-February 2, 2020.
What is a 'groundling'?
1. A person who stood in the pit of an Elizabethan theatre
2. One that lives or works on or near the ground
To employ the top classical actors, directors and designers across the country in an effort to produce world class Shakespeare in Toronto.
To present imaginative productions of Shakespeare’s plays that are accessible, entertaining, inspiring and relevant to today’s audiences.
To break down traditional boundaries between audience and artist/art and find new ways to fuse the disciplines of music and dance with theatre.
To offer the same, high quality experience to underserved communities in Toronto through innovative initiatives (workshops, outreach programs, pre-show talks, reduced ticket price to performances).
To foster young Canadian talent through mentorship and apprenticeship programs, preshow talks, seminars etc. in an effort to inspire a new generation of artists dedicated to Shakespeare’s work.
What People Are Saying
"THE BEST SHAKESPEARE I’VE SEEN IN TORONTO."
— National Post Review of Groundling Theatre's 'The Winter's Tale', Read More