Dream of Shakespeare at Todmorden Mills, Toronto, in July 2012
Among the best Toronto events of the summer are pay what you can productions of Shakespeare’s plays. In July 2012, the Driftwood Theatre will present a preview of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Todmorden Mills.
Where is Todmorden Mills?
You don’t need to drive to the Stratford Festival to see Shakespeareean comedy. Although the preview only lasts two days, this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is conveniently located in Toronto’s Todmorden Mills.
Get to Todmorden Mills via Pottery Road, which connects Broadview Avenue on the east with Bayview Avenue on the west.
One might drive the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) from the Gardiner Expressway or from Highway 401. However, the DVP does not connect with Pottery Road. Coming south on the DVP, exit at Don Mills Road south, then take O’Conn0r west and turn south when forced to switch to Broadview Avenue. Turn west at Pottery Road; it’s all downhill to Todmorden Mills.
Whether coming north or south on the DVP, perhaps the best choice is to exit at Bayview/Bloor. Then take Bayview northbound to Pottery Road and swoop through the valley to Todmorden Mills.
(Updated Aug. 4, 2012). For the hardy souls who enjoy hiking, consider taking the TTC; but be warned that Pottery Road is a steep descent into the Don Valley and has no nearby exit other than climbing.
Take any of the 8 Broadview, 62 Mortimer, 87 Cosburn or 100 Flemington Park bus options north from the Broadview station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Exit at Mortimer Avenue, but turn west and descend the Pottery Road sidewalk on the south side.
Be advised: you have a steep climb to return to Broadview Avenue.
When are these Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”?
The Driftwood Theatre’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will only be performed on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13.
About “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. It combines human and inhuman love and pride with mistaken identity and misplaced ambition. As the saying goes, “general hilarity ensues”.
Reserve Tickets for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
The official web site includes a “buy (reserved) tickets” link. There seems to be no guarantee that they can seat people who expect to buy tickets at the door.
Their site says “pay what you can”, with a suggested $15 price. I don’t know how they reconcile “pay what you can” with a “buy tickets” option, but you’ve been forewarned here.
Their site has additional suggestions about lawn chairs, so it’s an outdoor show. I have been on their site for a picnic, and it’s lovely. They also promise to use their on-site Papermill Theatre in case of rain, so you’re literally covered.
As the official site says, Driftwood Theatre takes “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the road to various venues. Feel free to look for other options.
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