What is the Shakespeare in the Ruins experience?
Shakespeare in the Ruins is a unique theatre experience located on Treaty 1 Territory. Every Spring, we perform our signature promenade-style of theatre under the prairie sky at the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, or as we lovingly call it “The Ruins.”
In promenade-style theatre the audience follows the actors through different scenes, set in different areas of the Ruins. As this experience may not be accessible to all patrons, we also present “Under the Tent” performances which are stationary and wheelchair accessible.
Please see our accessibility page for more information on Access 2 passes, Accessible Transit, Pay What You Can Tuesdays, Support Animals, and Accessible Washrooms by CLICKING HERE.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available for purchase on our website 24 hours a day. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online.
Tickets may also be purchased over the phone through our box office 204-891-9160. Full box office hours and further information can be found on our website. Questions can also be sent by email to email@example.com.
I’ve purchased tickets, now what?
This year we ask that patrons please present a printed or digital ticket at the box office for entry. This will help with traffic flow as you arrive at the Ruins and ensure smooth and easy access to your seat. The box office is open 1 hour prior to the show start time (6:30 pm for evening shows, 1:00pm for matinees).
If you do not have access to a printer or smartphone, please let the box office know and your tickets will be available for pick up at the Ruins box office table. Please present the name under which the tickets have been reserved and arrive with enough time to comfortably find your seats.
What does “Fixed-Income” mean; do I qualify for this discount?
In an effort to make our performances accessible to everyone, we have expanded the umbrella of those who qualify for our discount admission. The discount admission is available for patrons Under 30, those who work in the theatre industry, and those who are under-employed or living on a fixed-income. If you are living on a monthly stipend or pension, you qualify for the discount admission.
Where can I buy tickets for Pay What You Can Tuesday performances?
Pay What You Can (PWYC) tickets are only available in person at the box office at the Ruins. Patrons are welcome to make any contribution they can to the cost of their ticket.
Where are the Ruins?
The ‘Ruins’, as we lovingly call them, or The Trappist Monastery Heritage Provincial Park is located in St. Norbert, Manitoba at 100 Ruines du Monastere St.
Drive south on Pembina Hwy past the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market. Turn right at the lights before the bridge onto Rue des Trappistes. Turn left on Ruines du Monastere St. You can’t miss us!
CLICK HERE for a map and pictures of the Ruins.
Are seats general or assigned?
Seating at the ruins is general, so please arrive with enough time to choose your seats.
Do I need to bring a chair?
No, we provide a complimentary chair for the performance, though patrons are welcome to bring their own chair if required for accessibility reasons.
What COVID-19 rules or procedures are in place?
Shakespeare in the Ruins is dedicated to the health and safety of all. To this end, informed by Public Health recommendations, we’ve implemented COVID-19 policies and protocols that can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
Is the park/show wheelchair accessible?
Partially. Parts of the park are wheelchair accessible. The Ruins are accessible and there are accessible washrooms on site, but the promenade experience is not accessible. To address this barrier we’ve created “Under the Tent” performances which are stationary. For a complete schedule of Under the Tent performances see our accessibility page by CLICKING HERE.
I’ve got tickets for tomorrow’s performance, but there is rain in the forecast. Do you cancel due to rain?
No, Shakespeare in the Ruins does not cancel a performance due to rain in the forecast. We have a large tent at the park which we perform under in case of rain. We only cancel a performance if there is thunder and lightning overhead at the park right before or during a performance. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the show must go on!
The show I was at was rained out and cancelled. What do I do now?
In the event that there are thunderstorms or weather so extreme that a show has to be cancelled, we will exchange your tickets for another showing. Please call the box office to exchange your tickets. Exchanges are subject to availability and we will do our very best to accommodate the exchange.