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The head that wears the crown: The Madness of George III debuts at Shaw Festival

- Tom McCamus stars as George at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 6, 2017) — Equal parts political comedy and biographical drama, Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III explores the dangerous consequences when a king who loses control of his body, words and mind in the midst of his rule. The Madness of George III debuts at The Shaw’s Royal George Theatre on April 11. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oi! Musical romp Me and My Girl kicks off Artistic Director Tim Carroll’s first Shaw Festival season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 4, 2017) — The delightful musical-comedy Me and My Girl launches Tim Carroll’s first season as the Shaw Festival’s artistic director. Ashlie Corcoran, former Shaw Festival intern director and Dora-nominated artistic director of Thousand Islands Playhouse, directs this award-winning musical. Brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry and chock-full of infectious songs like The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, along with toe-tapping dance numbers, Me and My Girl takes on the class system with charm, cheekiness and a dash of Cockney sass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carroll’s Carol: The Shaw Festival announces 2017 production of Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol directed by Tim Carroll

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 15, 2017) – The Shaw Festival introduces a new annual holiday tradition to Niagara-on-the-Lake: Artistic Director Tim Carroll’s fanciful production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol previews November 15, opens November 25 and runs through December 23 at the Royal George Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces Peter Jewett as new Chair of the Board of Governors

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 3, 2017) — At the Annual General Meeting earlier today, Andrew M. Pringle fulfilled his duties as the Shaw Festival’s Chair of the Board of Governors. During his remarks, Mr. Pringle passed the torch to Chair Designate Peter Jewett and announced new Board members Ian Joseph, Kevin Patterson, and Julian Rance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival celebrates Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s tenure and announces the 2016 financial results at Annual General Meeting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 3, 2017) — At the Annual General Meeting held earlier today, executives of the Shaw Festival announced the financial results of the 2016 season while celebrating Jackie Maxwell’s final year as artistic director. In front of an audience of patrons, staff, board members and the public, Executive Director Tim Jennings described both the difficulties and progress the Shaw Festival has made in the last year, while also announcing a $780K operating deficit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival honours co-founder Calvin Rand’s legacy

- 2017 production of Saint Joan dedicated to his memory -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 5, 2017) — The Shaw Festival was saddened to learn of the passing of our Co-Founder, and Founding Board Chair, Mr. Calvin Rand of Buffalo, NY. In 1962, Mr. Rand and Brian Doherty produced four performances each of Bernard Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell and Candida staged in the Assembly Room of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Court House. In this singular act of passion for theatre, the Shaw Festival was born. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Film Series showcases acclaimed Hollywood hits and engaging documentaries

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 14, 2016) – The Irish musical comedy-drama Sing Street kicks off the 2017 Shaw Festival Film Series on Saturday, December 3 at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade) in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now in its 12th year, the Film Series continues with weekly viewings of celebrated films and documentaries until Saturday, February 18. All profits from this annual event benefit the Shaw Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Tim Carroll announces casting for his first season at the Shaw Festival

- Tickets go on sale to Shaw Friends November 5 and the public December 3 -


Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 3, 2016)
— The Shaw Festival proudly announces casting for Artistic Director Tim Carroll’s first season. The Shaw’s 2017 ensemble is a mix of new faces and Festival favourites – each actor ready to entertain and excite audiences in this season’s 11 productions. Read the rest of this entry »

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All aboard… Shaw offers direct bus service from Toronto to the Festival Theatre

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 27, 2016) — Launching with Tim Carroll’s first season as Artistic Director, the Shaw Festival collaborates with Greyhound Lines, Inc. to offer direct bus service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake beginning in 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Announces 2017 Season

- Artistic Director Designate Tim Carroll shares his vision for an inaugural season that engages audiences in fresh ways -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 18, 2016) – The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the playbill and directors list for the 2017 season; the company’s 56th and the first led by Artistic Director Designate Tim Carroll. Read the rest of this entry »

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