Shakespeare in the Ruins

Unit Y300 - 393 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
ph: 204-957-1753
fx: 204-942-1774

Registered Charitable Number: 885565358RR0001

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Shakespeare in the Ruins exists to promote and celebrate the unique experience of performing and attending live theatre specializing in accessible, entertaining productions of Shakespeare.


For nearly twenty years SIR has been Manitoba’s only professional Shakespeare theatre company.  Our ongoing commitment to making the works of Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable for everyone (through clarity of text and unusual environmental staging), and our dedication to an “ensemble” approach (in every aspect of our organization), in addition to our initiatives in youth and community education, developing new work, and professional development, all contribute toward making SIR a unique and valuable arts organization.


Shakespeare in the Ruins originated in 1993 as an Equity Co-op, and was incorporated in 1995.  Since our first production in the St. Norbert Trappist Monastery Ruins in 1994, we have presented an annual spring Main Stage Production of Shakespeare in a variety of locations.  In 2005 we began our annual "Stripped-Down Shakespeare"fall tour to high schools throughout Manitoba.  Our "Shakespeare in the City" community program has been serving clients of Winnipeg Harvest since 2006.


Main Stage Since 1994, SIR has presented a play by William Shakespeare: our Main Stage Productions. These productions include matinee performances for students (and seniors) in addition to our regular public schedule.  
Stripped-Down Shakespeare (Touring Productions) SIR has developed and produced three one-hour, four-actor touring productions: Stripped-Down Macbeth; Stripped-Down Romeo & Juliet; and Stripped-Down Hamlet (plays which are part of the English curriculum).
Shakespeare in the City This innovative theatre program for economically disadvantaged and/or disenfranchised citizens (clients of Winnipeg Harvest) embraces a spirit of community, while demonstrating the potent force of artistic and personal discovery through an active study of Shakespeare. 
New Work Development SIR has a proud history of developing and presenting new works by Manitoba artists. We have been responsible for world premieres by Rick Chafe (The Odyssey, 2000) and Debbie Patterson (Head, 2006), and are currently developing Kevin Klassen’s adaptation of Cue For Treason.

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