Toronto’s famed Don Jail is getting turned into a performance space

Want to see a play within the (allegedly) haunted jail?

Earlier this year, we named the Don Jail one of the best haunted spots in Toronto, and now Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre will be debuting its first official production this spring at the historic spot.

The Jail closed as a prison for good in 1977 after over 100 years of violence, escapes, and inhumane public executions, including the hanging of 34 men. In 2007, unidentified human remains were even found buried there, which resurfaced rumours that the jail’s original wing is haunted.
 


Now, from March 6th to March 10th, the Eclipse Theatre will be having a limited run of Kiss of The Spider Woman inside of the former jail. “I looked up the Don Jail online before I’d ever been inside and saw the pictures of what it used to look like before it was restored,” Theatre designer Nick Blais said in an interview with The Toronto Star. “I thought it looked amazing.”

Blais went on to explain that ensemble members will be using each other’s shadows to play with the space. If you’re interested in seeing the performance inside of the famed historic Toronto jail, you can purchase tickets here before they sell out.
 
Lead photo courtesy of Neal Jennings.