Sword fight with Hamlet and Laertes
Natasha Alexandra Strickey, Brynn Linsey and the cast of Hamlet (photo - Meghan McMaster)

June 21 - August 21, 2016

Shakespeare by the Bow


by William Shakespeare

Hamlet’s father, the King, has mysteriously died and his Uncle Claudius now wears the crown and has taken Hamlet’s mother as his wife. The young prince must make a decision: suffer his suspicion and rage in silence, or take action to avenge his father’s death. Shakespeare’s masterpiece is a riveting portrait of youth, love, and betrayal.

Check out our Hamlet Play Guide here. Check out our schedule of Pre-Show chats taking place at Café Blanca here.

For dates and times, please scroll to the bottom of this page or click Find Tickets on the right.

Theatre Calgary continues our city’s beloved Shakespeare tradition on Prince’s Island. Starring a cast of emerging theatre talent, our annual outdoor production is a magnificent way to spend a summer’s evening. Grab a blanket, a picnic, and take in one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in one of Calgary’s favourite places.
- Dennis

Shakespeare by the Bow takes place in Prince's Island Park. See the map below for details:

Picnic With River Café!

We are proud to partner with this iconic Calgary restaurant this summer! It's only a few steps away from the Shakespeare by the Bow stage, so it's a perfect way to enhance your outdoor summer theatre-going experience.

River Café offers Picnic Baskets filled with seasonal specialties from their kitchen and bakery. Or, join them nightly for their Early Bird Menu, reservations from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Enjoy a two course menu for $29/guest, wine pairings optional for $10/guest. Click here for further details.

Open air for this production was ingenious. Great utilization of the space for the set. Incredible acting of a Shakespearean classic.
Audience Member, 2015

Cast & Creative Team
For Hamlet

  • Keshia Cheesman
  • Bradley Doré
  • Ryan Wesley Gray
  • Onika Henry
  • Vanessa Jetté
  • Jesselle Laurén
  • Brynn Linsey
  • Stuart McDougall
  • Bianca Miranda
  • Joe Semenoff
  • Natasha Alexandra Strickey
  • Nick Wensrich
  • Greg Wilson
  • Kate Newby *
  • Haysam Kadri
    Program Director
  • More Cast & Crew