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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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Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest gardens on June 10

- Flora and fauna aficionados can stroll through eight stunning gardens on the Shaw Guild’s annual tour –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 1, 2017) – Garden enthusiasts will have an exclusive opportunity to wander through artisan gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the nearby picturesque town of Queenston on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to this tour are $25 each and can be purchased at the Shaw Festival Box Office, online at www.shawfest.com/gardentour or by calling 1-800-511-7429. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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