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Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd at the Shaw Festival

- The butchering barber now accepting appointments at the Festival Theatre –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 18, 2016) — Jackie Maxwell concludes her 14-year tenure as the Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller, by legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Previews of her production of this compelling musical thriller, with its unusual take on the notion of “eat or be eaten”, began its limited run July 17– with additional matinees already added for October 18 and 19. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black comedy The Dance of Death begins previews at The Shaw

- First August Strindberg work to be seen at the Festival in almost 30 years -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 12, 2016) The Dance of Death, August Strindberg’s groundbreaking play in a new version by renowned Irish playwright Conor McPherson, begins previews on July 13 at the Shaw Festival’s Studio Theatre. Under the direction of acclaimed actor/director Martha Henry, this deliciously sardonic look at the endless “dance” that is marriage features a trio of The Shaw’s most accomplished actors – Jim Mezon, Fiona Reid and Patrick Galligan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seminal South African playwright debuts at the Shaw Festival

-  Athol Fugard work begins previews June 30 –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 29, 2016) — “Master Harold”…and the Boys, one of Athol Fugard’s most powerful plays, previews at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre on June 30. Fueled by the South African playwright’s recollections of his youth, this incendiary play lights a fuse that ultimately explodes, addressing racial injustice that lingers far beyond its apartheid era setting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival extends 2016 season with seven performances

- Plus a new block of tickets on sale for The Dance of Death -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 22, 2016) — Both Engaged and A Woman of No Importance have been delighting preview audiences in advance of their openings this weekend. Having already extended both productions earlier this year, the Shaw Festival continues to respond to audience demand by adding another seven performances to the 2016 season. Also, a new block of tickets for the sell-out of the 2016 season The Dance of Death is now on sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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W.S. Gilbert’s feisty and hilarious Engaged begins previews

- Satirical look at love, marriage and money inspired comedies of Shaw, Wilde and Coward –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 14, 2016) — Curated from deep in the heart of the Shaw Festival’s mandate period, Engaged is a hilarious romp through the Scottish countryside where love triangles abound. Written by W.S. Gilbert before his renowned partnership with Arthur Sullivan, Engaged comically comments on the façade of Victorian life, with particular satirical attention on the obsession with wealth. This romantic comedy begins its first engagement at the Royal George Theatre on June 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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Playwright Lisa Codrington reimagines Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God for the stage

-  Controversial novella turned one-act play begins previews June 10 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 9, 2016) Governor General Award-nominated playwright Lisa Codrington’s stage adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God begins previews Friday, June 10 at the Court House Theatre. Commissioned by the Shaw Festival, this world premiere is an outrageous comic tale of a young girl’s quest to find God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wilde witticisms abound in Eda Holmes’s stylish A Woman of No Importance

-  Long-concealed secrets and scandal are exposed beginning May 29 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 26, 2016) A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde’s stylish comedy that exposes the cynicism and hypocrisy that underlies high “society” begins previews Sunday, May 29 at the Festival Theatre. This dangerous drama, directed by Eda Holmes is the fourth major Wilde play to be presented under Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s tenure – completing Wilde’s brilliant, scalpel-like study of the world around him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival and 710 Main Theatre join forces in bi-national producing partnership

- Shaw Festival production to anchor the 710 Main Theatre 2016-2017 Season –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON & Buffalo, NY (May 25, 2016)710 Main Theatre in Buffalo, NY, owned and operated by Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and the Shaw Festival of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON announce a producing partnership that will launch as part of the 710 Main 2016-2017 Frey Electric Construction Co. Season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wander through Niagara-on-the-Lake’s private gardens on June 4

- Annual Shaw Guild’s Garden Tour gives public access to landscape artistry –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2016) – Stroll through the finest exclusive gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden enthusiasts are treated to the beauty of eight gardens featuring: a formal knot garden accented with beautifully shaped boxwoods on an acre of manicured grounds; a Japanese inspired courtyard garden surrounded by wisteria and clematis; and an outdoor living area with ponds and waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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