Casting Announcement: Richard III

In February, Shakespeare BASH’d—Toronto’s resident barebones, Shakespeare-in-a-bar company—will produce Richard III, Shakespeare’s epic drama about a powerful villain who manipulates his way to the crown.

“This play seems more vital than ever” says director and co-artistic director/co-founder of Julia Nish-Lapidus, “and we’re trying to explore every facet of Shakespeare’s grim, maniacal, and caustic world in Richard.”

Co-artistic director/co-founder James Wallis will take on the title role as the future King. He is joined by some familiar BASH’d faces, including Jennifer Dzialoszynski, Jade Douris, Suzette McCanny, Drew O’Hara, and associate artistic director Catherine Rainville. Also joining the production are Cosette Derome, Shalyn McFaul, Trevor Pease, Kelly Wong, and Joseph Zita.

The production is associate directed by Megan Miles, with graphic design and lighting by Kyle Purcell, fight direction by Nate Bitton, stage management by Christopher Brackett, and movement coaching by Brad Cook.

Richard III opens Tuesday, February 6 and runs until Sunday, February 11, at the Monarch Tavern.

For tickets or more information, visit

Fun facts! The cast and creative team answer the question:

“How would Richard III ‘get rid’ of you?”

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