2023 Season Announcement

2023 Season of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan presented by Nutrien

It goes without saying, that recent years have been difficult, and they continue to challenge us in new ways as we move forward. But, if these last few years gave us anything, it would be appreciation for what we have and what we value. It has given us perspective for the past and the future. Our 2023 season is all about bringing the light! We seek joy. We seek love. We seek light that can bring us together. Hopefully, you have had a chance to experience our newly developed site, or perhaps you have enjoyed our stunning lights from a distance, however, we are just getting started. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (SOTS) has one of the most unique theatre spaces in Canada and we relish our future of light and spectacle. Join us this coming season to see what limits will be challenged, as we explore the full technical possibilities available to our site and theatre. In 2023, we will continue to shine focus on our local artists through the Players’ Stage Series, which features original short works that reflect and respond to the world and works of William Shakespeare. Last season, we had our first world premiere with Iago Speaks by Daniel Macdonald and next season will see, yet another premiere of a new Canadian play! Working in partnership with Shakespeare in the Ruins (Winnipeg), we bring Jessica B. Hills’ The Dark Lady to life on stage in Saskatoon - a story that brings light to a new voice and perspective. On our Main Stage you will find two of Shakespeare’s most endearing and timeless pieces: As You Like It and Romeo & Juliet. Joy, passion and discovery abound in Arden as a group of runaways share with us the brightness of love, not to mention plenty of laughs! Romeo & Juliet will seek to reframe our expectations of what our space can do and amplify that light we all seek through yonder window.

ROMEO & JULIET – presented by SaskTel | By William Shakespeare | Directed by Kayvon Khoshkam

“What light through yonder window breaks?”

One of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies will electrify our stage in a visual feast as two young lovers are caught between their two rival households. Can love conquer over hate? Artistic Director, Kayvon Khoshkam, with his first Shakespeare production for SOTS, brings classic style and contemporary influences together to make a Romeo & Juliet for all time.

AS YOU LIKE IT - By William Shakespeare | Directed by Jamie King

“We that are true lovers run into strange capers.”

In Arden forest, society’s rules of conformity are off and the players discover what love truly can be in this beloved comedy. Director, Jamie King, takes As You Like It forward to present-day in this joyous exploration of identity and love.

THE DARK LADY (Co-Production with Shakespeare in the Ruins)

By Jessica B. Hill | Directed by Rodrigo Beilfuss

"Write me a woman who fights for what she wants."

Emilia Bassano, known as the possible woman behind the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets, was actually one of England's first female published poets. She was also trilingual, mixed race, and a force to be reckoned with. The Dark Lady collides these two poets together as they wrestle with artistic collaboration, ambition, envy and love. An entanglement that will profoundly shape both their lives and their work. Jessica B. Hill's first play, The Dark Lady, helps us understand and challenge our love of Shakespeare through Bassano's lens.


“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players"

Expect the unexpected with this series of short works conceived and performed by local artists. These pieces will skew our beliefs and understanding of Shakespeare in surprising and hilarious ways. Completely free and accessible to all (no ticket required) both before and after each of our Main Stage performance

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