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Shhh … It’s a Secret

- A group of Shaw patrons are now in the know -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 21, 2017) — Tonight an audience gathered to celebrate the summer solstice as part of the Shaw Festival’s Secret Theatre. The crowd was treated to a theatrical experience directed by Moya O’Connell, with music direction by Paul Sportelli. The evening’s event featured the talents of David Ball, Ryan Cunningham, Marion Day, Sharry Flett, Cameron Grant, Martin Happer, Marci T. House, Jonah McIntosh, Marla McLean, Patrick McManus, Peter Millard, Natasha Mumba, Chick Reid, Cherissa Richards, Travis Seetoo, Jeremiah Sparks, Sanjay Talwar and Kelly Wong. Read the rest of this entry »

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C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew to open the 2018 Shaw Festival

- The first production of the Shaw Festival’s 2018 season is revealed -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 15, 2017) — Commissioned by the Shaw Festival, Michael O’Brien’s adaptation of C.S Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew opens the 2018 season on the Festival Theatre stage. No stranger to Narnia, Artistic Director Tim Carroll helms the first installment of this treasured fantasy series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whimsical Wilde Tales conjures storybook magic for young and old

- Children add their special touch to on-stage action after taking part in a pre-show workshop -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 6, 2017) — Kate Hennig, who steps into the role of Associate Artistic Director later this season, adapts four of Oscar Wilde’s tales – The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket and The Selfish Giant – for the stage in Wilde Tales. Children ages 6 to 12 can sign-up in advance for a one-hour pre-show workshop where they’ll work with the cast to add their special touch to the Lunchtime performance. Directed by Christine Brubaker, Wilde Tales begins spinning its enchantment June 8 at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shhh … It’s a Secret

- A group of Shaw patrons are now in the know -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 1, 2017) — Earlier today, a small audience of patrons took part in the Shaw Festival’s inaugural Secret Theatre. This undisclosed experience was directed by Diana Donnelly and featured Emily Lukasik, Jonathan Tan and Ric Reid in a piece by Hannah Moscovitch. This hush-hush affair is the first of many unique theatrical moments throughout the Shaw Festival’s season. Patrons can sign up for the Secret Theatre Club at www.shawfest.com to receive alerts about future events. Prices and availability will vary.

Secret Theatre is sponsored by Niagara Oast House Brewers. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion encourages audience play

- The audience will help to create a unique performance every time -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 1, 2017) — Under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll, Bernard Shaw’s charming retelling of the beloved Aesop fable Androcles and the Lion is an interactive spur-of-the-moment theatre experience. The fusing of audience engagement with music and song, along with Shaw’s delightful text, creates a distinctly different performance every time. Previews of Androcles and the Lion begin June 6 at the Court House Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michael Healey’s new work 1979 begins previews at The Shaw

- Fast-paced political satire Festival’s second contribution to Canada 150 celebration -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 18, 2017) — After making a stop in Ottawa, Michael Healey’s razor-sharp politically charged satire 1979 begins previews in Niagara-on-the-Lake on May 20. Several unplugged performances of the Eric Coates-directed production are scheduled at the Court House Theatre and Royal George Theatre before the production settles in the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre beginning October 1. As one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, Healey’s ability to skewer and elevate his subjects simultaneously results in a sympathetic and affectionate portrait of Prime Minister Joe Clark, one of Canada’s least celebrated leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kate Hennig steps into role as Shaw Festival’s new Associate Artistic Director

- Leading Canadian actor, playwright and teacher scheduled to assume role in August -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 17, 2017) — Artistic Director Tim Carroll is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Hennig as the Shaw Festival’s new Associate Artistic Director. Ms. Hennig will replace Eda Holmes, who announced in February that she will be leaving to become the Artistic and Executive Director of Centaur Theatre in Montreal, QC in August. Read the rest of this entry »

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Powerhouse Shaw Festival cast star in Brian Friel’s celebrated Dancing at Lughnasa

- Memory, myth and imagination intertwine in this renowned contemporary Irish play -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 11, 2017) Krista Jackson, former Shaw Festival intern director and Zone 41 Theatre’s artistic director, returns to direct Brian Friel’s award-winning masterpiece Dancing at Lughnasa. Beginning previews on May 14 at the Royal George Theatre, this production features a quintet of fiercely talented Shaw Festival ensemble members – Fiona Byrne, Diana Donnelly, Claire Jullien, Sarena Parmar (in her Festival debut) and Tara Rosling – as the formidable Mundy sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canada’s history takes to the stage at the Shaw Festival in a rollicking revival of 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

- Classic of Canadian theatre seen for first time at the Festival -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2017) 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt – the rebellion that helped shape this home and native land – begins previews May 7 at the Court House Theatre. Created in 1973 by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille, this ground-breaking Canadian work features an energetic portrayal of Canadian history through music and movement. The Shaw Festival and director Philip Akin (“Master Harold” … and the Boys, 2016) honour Canada 150 with a true collective piece from this nation’s theatre history. Oh Canada! Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Tim Carroll makes Shaw Festival debut directing Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan

- Sara Topham makes first Festival appearance as icon Joan of Arc -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 1, 2017) — When the Shaw Festival’s 2017 production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan begins previews on May 3 at the Festival Theatre, it marks two milestones for Artistic Director Tim Carroll a Shaw Festival directorial debut and his first undertaking of a work by the Festival’s namesake. His production joins the tradition of earlier presentations of Saint Joan by former artistic directors Christopher Newton and Jackie Maxwell in 1981 and 2007, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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