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Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs Annie Baker’s fresh version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

-  Previews begin May 1 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 29, 2016) — In her final season as the Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director, Jackie Maxwell returns to Anton Chekhov, having directed Three Sisters in 2003 – her first season in the position. Maxwell’s production of popular, American playwright Annie Baker’s new version of Uncle Vanya begins previews on May 1 at the Court House Theatre. Baker’s deft adaptation gives Uncle Vanya a sense of the present, while maintaining the integrity of Chekhov’s classic and his unique blend of humour and heartache. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland makes world premiere at The Shaw

-  Three years in the making, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole starting April 27 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 27, 2016) — Director Peter Hinton’s highly anticipated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale Alice in Wonderland begins previews today at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. This ambitious new work was written specifically for the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble and marks the first time a brand new piece of theatre will appear on the Festival Theatre’s stage. Known for his brilliant theatrical conceptions and wildly imaginative staging, Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland remains loyal to its Victorian origins – fully embracing all the whimsy, delight and joy of the original story – while marrying awe-inspiring visual special effects with delightful theatre magic to create Alice’s epic journey through Wonderland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession continues to confront prevailing views about the #oldestprofession

-  Previews start April 21 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 20, 2016) — Bernard Shaw’s notoriously provocative Mrs Warren’s Profession – a play once considered “unfit for women’s ears” – begins previews tomorrow in the Shaw Festival’s intimate Royal George Theatre. Dora Award-winning director Eda Holmes’ contemporary spin on this relevant classic play confronts society’s concepts of being a woman, a mother and a purveyor of the world’s #oldestprofession. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Our Town opens Shaw Festival’s 2016 season

- Visits to Grover’s Corners begin April 9 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 8, 2016) — The Shaw Festival’s 55th season begins Saturday at 2 p.m. with the first preview of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play Our Town. Molly Smith, artistic director of Washington, D.C’s Tony award-winning Arena Stage, returns to The Shaw to breathe vivid, new life into this classic piece of theatre – a talent she displayed so brilliantly in her production of My Fair Lady in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces appointments to Board of Governors

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 5, 2016) — Three new appointments to the Shaw Festival’s Board of Governors were announced today by Chair Andrew M. Pringle during the Annual General Meeting.

Lyle Hall, Timothy R. Price and Jaime Watt are leaders in their respective industries and passionate supporters of arts and culture in Canada. As members of the Shaw Festival’s binational Board of Governors, they will apply their expertise and remarkable skill sets to the continued development of The Shaw’s strategic direction, further its mission through active ambassadorship and the establishment of policies and procedures that support its long-time sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival reports on 2015 season at Annual General Meeting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 5, 2016) — Earlier today, the Shaw Festival presented the artistic and financial results of the 2015 season before an audience of patrons, staff, board members and the public. While celebrating an artistically exemplary season, The Shaw’s new Executive Director Tim Jennings explained the financial challenges faced in 2015 and announced a 1.76 million dollar deficit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell receives Ontario’s highest honour

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 21, 2016) — At a ceremony last evening, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell was invested into the Order of Ontario by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario. As the province’s highest official honour, the Order of Ontario recognizes individual excellence and achievement in any field. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival adds 14 performances to 2016 season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 7, 2016) — Due to popular demand, the Shaw Festival is adding 14 performances to the 2016 season. Early ordering prices continue until January 31 with the newly added dates already on sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annual Shaw Festival Film Series Feature Cinema’s Best

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 18, 2015) – Winter is coming, but no need to hibernate. Beginning December 5, stay warm and entertained with weekly screenings of critically acclaimed films and documentaries during the Shaw Festival Film Series at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade). All profits from the Film Series benefit the Shaw Festival’s 2016 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces principal casting for Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s final season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 5, 2015) — Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and the Shaw Festival announce principal casting and the creative teams for the 2016 playbill. The 2016 season features new and core ensemble members and beloved returning artists celebrating Ms. Maxwell’s final season and 14-year tenure at The Shaw. Read the rest of this entry »

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