Shakespeare at the Rock

Weeknights, August 12 to 30, 7 p.m.; Rock Garden

The historic Rock Garden provides the perfect atmosphere for a night of inspiring theatre under the stars. Don’t miss out on this highly physical and creative variation presented by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre.



Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, packed with mistaken identity, romance, farce, and a spirit of rebellion to rival 1980s Miami Beach nightlife. Twelfth Night follows an ensemble cast of clowns and lovers alike, all attempting to navigate courtship, relationships, and a few actual ships. At it’s core, the play is about looking for a life partner and finding yourself instead, often in the darkest and most bewildering of places. Given this description, this version is inspired by one of the darkest and most bewildering places we can think of; a nightclub. This is a space where young people- not unlike the ones Shakespeare was writing- take chances, experiment with self-expression, and show a side of them self they may not reveal in the light of day. We’ve all been there- or are there- so why not put Shakespeare’s characters there too?

Each performance will include a 20 minute intermission. Rock Garden will close to the general public at 5:30 p.m. on performance nights.

About the Play

actor on outdoor stage in front of crowd

Show Tickets

Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event. Doors open for ticket-holders at 6 p.m.

Visitor Ticket Price
Premium Admission***
All ages, reserved seating area for optimal viewing experience. Seats assigned at time of purchase.
$35 (+HST and Service Fee)
Adult $25 (+HST and Service Fee)
Senior* / Student** / Group $18 (+HST and Service Fee)
Child age 4 to 12 $10 (+HST and Service Fee)
Child age 3 and under Free
Add dinner before the show
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays only. See menu and details below.
$35 (+HST)

Tickets Available Jun 20, 12 p.m.

  • *RBG considers a senior to be a person of 65+ years of age
  • **Student includes anyone showing a student card indicating full-time attendance in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • ***Premium Admission: reserved seating area for optimal viewing experience of the performance. All individuals (regardless of age) wishing to sit together in the premium seating require a premium ticket, with the exception of "babes in arms" age 0-12 months.
  • Group rate applies to 10 or more patrons
  • Prices are subject to HST and service charge
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. See the event FAQ for inclement weather policy.
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chef tossing veggies in a pan

Dinner and a Show

Enjoy a taste of the gardens before the performance! Options include a plated, prix fixed dinner at the Rock Garden Café, or a customizable picnic basket.

Stay tuned for picnic option!

NOTE: Both dinner options require pre-ordering. Should a performance be re-scheduled to to inclement weather, the dinner portion will still take place on the original night.


Plated Dinner Package

Wednesday to Friday, 5 p.m.

Join us for a prix fixed dinner in the Rock Garden Café before the show. Seating begins promptly at 5 p.m.

Add dinner for $35/person. Show ticket prices also apply. Gratiuty not included. Beverages available for purchase.

Should the performance be re-scheduled due to inclement weather, the dinner will still proceed on the original night (see weather policy in FAQ's for details).

Added at time of ticket purchase.
View Instructions >>

Select your show tickets (and seats if applicable) and continue on to the payment screen. At the bottom of the screen before completing the order, you will have the opportunity to add dinner. Select the number of members in your party and the dinner package will be added to your order.



Yellow Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber/pepper salsa and Grilled Baguette         OR
Peach Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette and prosciutto and goat cheese.

Main Course

Pan Seared Cajun Rainbow Trout over warm sweet potato and kale salad topped with a grainy mustard and dill chimichurri and yucca chips         OR 
Sous-vided Pork Belly with Celeriac white bean puree, Apple and Carrot Slaw, and Spiced Honey


Bread pudding with Blackberry whiskey caramel sauce.         OR 
GF - Chocolate Torte with Raspberry sauce and Chocolate Bark.

*gluten free and vegetarian options available upon request*


About Tottering Biped Theatre

Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) was founded in 2009 as a social justice inspired Theatre Company. We are a resident company at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and have toured/been presented by regional professional theatres (Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, London’s Grand Theatre, and Kitchener’s MT Space), Performing Arts Centres (Oakville, Guelph, Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga), and theatre Festivals (IMPACT, Undercurrents, In the Soil) and internationally. In recognition of our work, TBT has been featured in over 15 publications including the Canadian Theatre Review and TEDx.

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Event FAQ

Have a question about Shakespeare at the Rock? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Tickets >>

Pre-registration is required for this ticketed event. Tickets are available for purchase online, payable by credit card. Your tickets will be emailed to you as a pdf attachment shortly after online payment. You will be required to present these tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device.

Tickets are final sale. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate dates, as switching the dates of your tickets will not be possible after purchase.

Inclement Weather >>

The performance is rain or shine however in the event of inclement weather, the performance may be rescheduled. RBG staff will do our best to make this call by 5:30 p.m., however should the weather conditions prove unpredictable the decision may be made closer to the time of the performance, in order to give the event the best possible chance to go forward. To check for rescheduling please call the weather hotline at 905-527-1158 ext. 404.

Your ticket will be valid to attend a future show of your choosing. Each ticketholder will be contacted by email to make arrangements for an upcoming show. For those with dinner reservations, dinner service will go ahead as planned.

If the performance has to stop while in progress due to weather each ticketholder will be contacted by email to make arrangements for an upcoming show.

Premium ticket holders re-booking their tickets after a cancellation will be given the best seats still available for the date of their choice (keeping in mind some seats will already be selected by other ticket-purchasers). Should no adequate spaces be available in the premium section for the date required, a seat in the fourth row will be reserved.

Directions and Parking >>

This event is held on the upper level of the rejuvenated David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, at 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton. Parking is included, and available in the parking lot across the street. Accessible parking is available closer to the Visitor Centre.

Rock Garden is accessible by Burlington Transit. For more information about arriving at RBG by bus, visit

Seating Arrangements >>

General admission tickets include seating that is first-come first-served. The first three rows are reserved for "premium" ticket holders, with seats assigned at the time of purchase (seat-selection available for purchases made online using a desktop computer - not available for purchases on mobile devices at this time).

Doors open at 6 p.m. for all ticket-holders.

Dinner Seating: those who add dinner before the show (must be added during original purchase) will be seated with the other attendees on the same ticket purchase. If you purchase tickets separately from a group but would like to be seated with another group, please indicate this in the "comments" section during the purchase, or contact the events team at least 24h before the show.

Food >>

No outside food or drink permitted at this event. The Rock Garden Café is offering a Prix Fixe menu as part of the dinner-show package (scroll up for more information).

Snacks and cold drinks will be available for purchase for 1 hour before the performance and during the intermission.

Pets / Service Animals >>

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event. If you are looking for somewhere to take your pet on a stroll, check out our 27km of trails!

Accessibility >>

The theatre area is outdoors on an grassy area in the upper level of Rock Garden, a short and level walk from the Visitor Centre entrance. Chairs are provided. If you have any accessibility needs, please include a note during the order process.

The majority of the parking spaces are in the lot accross the road, though some accessible parking spaces are available directly outside the building.

Accomodations for visitors in wheelchairs can be made upon arrival to the event.

If you have any further questions about accessibility at this event please contact us by phone (905-527-1158) or using the form at

Terms and Conditions >>

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this event can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend the event. If RBG cancels a special event, ticketholders will be fully refunded. Please print your receipt and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.

Filming/Photography Release

Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this event may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.

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