“Shakespeare has taken over my life. He’s the Oscar to my Felix, the Ernie to my Bert, the R2 to my 3P0. He’s my constant and not always welcome companion.”

Jeremy, Living With Shakespeare

Living With Shakespeare image by Ramon Perez.


by Jeremy Smith and Steven Gallagher 

Bard’s Bus Tour | August 5 – 27, 2023 | On tour in Ontario

Directed by Steven Gallagher

Dramaturg Caitie Graham

Music Direction by Tom Lillington

Stage Management by Sandi Becker

Production Design by Carlyn Rahusaar-Routledge

Lighting Design by Connor Price Kelleher

Performed by Jeremy Smith with musical accompaniment by Tom Lillington

Driftwood Theatre presents its most personal production to date, a love-letter to the poetry and plays of William Shakespeare.   

In Living With Shakespeare, Driftwood Artistic Director Jeremy Smith reckons with his life-long relationship to the Bard of Avon. Weaving scenes, passages, and music from Shakespeare’s greatest plays with personal stories from Jeremy’s lifelong relationship to the Bard, Living With Shakespeare is an exploration of our continuing fascination with the world’s most recognizable playwright. 

Run time: approximately 90 minutes. No intermission.

2023 Performance Schedule

AUGUST 5 & 6 (previews) – Kingston at Springer Market Square  in association with The Kick & Push Festival

AUGUST 9 (Opening) & 10 – Prince Edward County at The Eddie Pavillion, Prince Edward County presented by County Stage

AUGUST 11 – Quinte West at Trent Port Marina in association with the City of Quinte West

AUGUST 12 & 13 – Peterborough at Peterborough Museum and Archives in association with the Peterborough Museum

August 15 & 16 – Oshawa at Ed Broadbent Park presented by the City of Oshawa

AUGUST 17 & 18 – Pickering at Esplanade Park in association with the City of Pickering

AUGUST 19 & 20 – Ingersoll at Ingersoll Cheese Museum in association with the Ingersoll Cheese Museum

AUGUST 22 & 24 – Toronto at Kew Gardens Park 

AUGUST 25, 26 & 27 – Burlington at Royal Botanical Gardens presented by the Royal Botanical Gardens