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The Spirits of Paradise

Friday, July 20, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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The Spirits of Paradise

July 20 to 22, 27 to 29

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Arboretum

What if you could travel back in time? What would you see and who would you meet? Royal Botanical Gardens, in association with The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, presents The Spirits of Paradise. Directed by David Dayler, this 1.5 hour moving theatre experience will help you understand how this landscape has changed over the last two centuries through the eyes of people who have influenced its history.

Performances will start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. sharp at the RBG Nature Interpretive Centre. Participants must purchase a ticket in advance as numbers are limited at each performance. Participants should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time.

What To Expect

This outdoor theatre experience takes place on a natural packed-earth walking trail along the shore of Cootes Paradise Marsh. Over 1.5 hours, participants will need to walk 1.4 kilometres including one 50m-long hill. Not recommended for those with mobility concerns or strollers, or for those under the age of 8.

Performances take place light rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

*Animals are not permitted to attend this event (with the exception of service animals)


$15 per person. (Members 10% off)
Price includes HST

Maximum 35 per show. Pre-purchased tickets required.

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Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Location: Arboretum
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Please note the daily events / activities listed here may be located in different garden areas from other events occuring on the same day. Please check the location in each listing, and consider travel time between gardens when creating your schedule for the day. General Admission paid at one garden area will allow you access into all other gardens for that same day. Click here for an overview of all our gardens and trails.