sixth act series

The Villain’s Theatre believes that the playful nature of Renaissance drama provides the perfect opportunity to explore and create. Our Sixth Act Series puts this theory to work by using existing early-modern plays as the building block for exciting new work.


kill shakespeare In 2012,The Villain’s Theatre was given the exciting opportunity to collaborate with HalCon ⎯ Atlantic Canada’s Science Fiction Convention – and Lions Den Theatre on the official world premiere of Kill Shakespeare. Based on the popular graphic novel, Kill Shakespeare tells the story of the Bard’s most memorable characters waging war against their creator. This staged reading was ranked “the Best Show of 2012″ by The Coast Newsweekly and has since gone on to appear in other theatres across Canada. More info


vindice’s folly

Vindice’s Folly occurred on a dark October evening as part of Nocturne, 2010. Inspired by commedia dell’arte, Vindice’s Folly is a humorous retelling of Thomas Middleton’s drama, The Revenger’s Tragedy. This short play was staged in several different venues over the course of an evening in anticipation of our season devoted to Middleton.

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the duchess of malfi (workshop production)

The Villain’s Theatre was founded in 2009 and this was its first full production, as well as the only show to be staged by the company in Toronto. The tragic story of John Webster’s doomed duchess was told at the Walmer Centre Theatre in August, 2009. From this wonderful experience, we were able to create our unique mandate.

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