Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop is a vibrant, interactive presentation that demonstrates how modern hip-hop shares many similarities with Shakespeare, particularly the themes, rhythm and use of language. Both are full of poetry, word play and lyricism, they use rhythm, rhyme, and language to heighten our understanding of the text, and deal with what it is to be human.

The presentation features three professional actors, thumb-nail sketches of Shakespeare’s life and times, and key scenes & speeches from Shakespeare’s most popularly studied plays – including MacbethRomeo & Juliet and Hamlet.

Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop brings alive the parallels between the world of the plays and our  contemporary experience. It’s the perfect compliment to your in-class teaching of Shakespeare as an introduction, in the middle, or at the end.

Help your students break through the Elizabethan language barrier with Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop!

2016/2017 Season Tour

November 21-December 9, 2016 and April 24-May 12, 2017
Duration: 75 minutes.
Price: $775 (HST included)
Book two shows in a day for $1350 (HST included) -Save $200!-
Location: Your classroom, school theatre, or gymnasium.
Maximum 250 students per session.

Call now until September 30th, 2016 to receive a 10% Early Bard Discount on your booking!


Add a Hip-Hop Shakespeare Workshop with professional actors for the most affordable, fun and effective theatre experience in your classroom! Discounts are available if you choose to have this workshop the same day as the performance (contact our office for more information).

Our newest workshop melds the worlds of contemporary Hip Hop and classical Shakespearean text. These workshops illuminate both hip-hop music and Shakespeare’s works as a form of cultural expression and how they are often misrepresented. Students unlock their creative and artistic abilities to write and perform their own poetic lyrical reinterpretations based on themes and ideas from key scenes in Shakespeare’s work. Aimed at grades 6-12.


“Once again, thank you for the wonderful workshop! It was very informative, entertaining and accessible to our students.”
-Helen Tsampiras
ACL of English/ESL/Literacy

“Thank you for the entertaining and informative workshop today. Your actors skillfully married the art of hip hop with Shakespeare in a very dynamic and engaging manner. Students came away from the workshop feeling invigorated and excited about Shakespeare and his plays.”
-Sandra Brum
English Teacher


Visit our Bookings page, or call (416) 703-4881 to reserve your spot now!

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