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The Next Whisky Bar – A Kurt Weill Cabaret makes its world premiere today at the Shaw Festival

- Sold out limited run show features the music of German-American composer Weill presented in the specially created Studio Underground -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 21, 2015) — For six nights only – August 21, 22, 28, 29 and September 4 and 5 – the Shaw Festival presents The Next Whisky Bar – A Kurt Weill Cabaret in the newly created Studio Underground at 10 Queen’s Parade. This production, conceived by Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey, features songs with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, as well as Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, Maxwell Anderson and Roger Fernay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces Tim Carroll as the next Artistic Director

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 13, 2015) — Andy Pringle, Chair of the Board of Governors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Carroll as the next Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival. As Artistic Director Designate, Carroll will work with current Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell during the 2016 season to familiarize himself with the complex workings of The Shaw and plan his first season. He will officially take the helm of the Shaw Festival on December 1, 2016 at the start of the 2017 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures makes its Canadian premiere at the Shaw Festival

- Sweeping family epic begins previews today at the Studio Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 11, 2015) — Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (iHO) begins previews today at the Shaw Festival’s Studio Theatre. Directed by Eda Holmes, Kushner’s portrait of an unusual Italian-American family reunion features an exploration of contemporary societal issues through his trademark mix of the humorous, the heartbreaking, the political and the personal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces 2016 Season

- Jackie Maxwell reveals her final season as Artistic Director –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 8, 2015) — Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and the Shaw Festival are pleased to announce the 2016 playbill. Marking the Festival’s 55th season and the end of Maxwell’s 14-year tenure, the 2016 line-up of 10 diverse productions includes works from the heart of the mandate, contemporary Shavian pieces and the world premieres of two commissioned works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky now on stage at the Festival Theatre

- Rollicking romp offers an affectionate peek into the ups and downs of a play’s opening night -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 26, 2015) Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky is now in previews at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Blair Williams, this backstage comedy features the comic talents of Claire Jullien, Steven Sutcliffe, Kelli Fox, Laurie Paton and Thom Marriott as a group of eccentric theatre artists facing the rollercoaster ride of a premiere. Fiona Byrne, Charlie Gallant, Graeme Somerville and Kelly Wong also appear in Hart’s love letter to the theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival’s lunchtime production, The Twelve-Pound Look, on stage now

- Wickedly sharp one-act a feminist battle cry from the author of Peter Pan -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 11, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s production of The Twelve-Pound Look, by prominent 20th century nobleman and writer J.M. Barrie, begins previews today at the Court House Theatre. Lezlie Wade directs this biting comedy that promotes female financial independence and professional fulfilment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw’s Pygmalion given modern rework

- Update makes tale of transformation resonate in present-day -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 31, 2015) Peter Hinton’s contemporary interpretation of Bernard Shaw’s iconic Pygmalion begins previews today at the Shaw Festival. Retaining the provocative power of Shaw’s wit and humour from the original 1914 text, the Festival’s production of Pygmalion is set in modern London and confronts present day issues of class, gender and culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls begins previews at The Shaw

- Talented women of the Shaw Festival ensemble showcased in powerful contemporary Shavian work -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 23, 2015) The Shaw Festival’s production of Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s ground-breaking play, begins previews today at the Court House Theatre. Vikki Anderson, in her Shaw Festival debut, directs the brilliant cross-generational cast of Fiona Byrne, Tara Rosling, Catherine McGregor, Claire Jullien, Laurie Paton, Julia Course and Tess Benger. Read the rest of this entry »

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Niagara-on-the-Lake’s secret gardens revealed on June 6

- Annual tour gives rare view of landscape artistry, while supporting Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Fund -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2015) – Eight of the finest private gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Old Town are showcased during the 10th annual Shaw Guild’s Garden Tour on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The one-day self-guided tour features numerous varieties of native and exotic plants, trees and perennials on display in lovely historic surroundings all within walking distance of each other. Some gardens are formal with trimmed hedges and walking paths, while others ramble across large estate acreage overlooking the Niagara River. Feature sheets on the showcased landscapes will be available at each location and the proud gardeners will be on site to answer questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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New version of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea makes its world premiere at the Shaw Festival

- Rarely produced work re-imagined by Governor General Award-winning playwright Erin Shields in previews -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 30, 2015) Canadian playwright Erin Shields’ new version of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea begins previews today at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre. Directed by Meg Roe, the Shaw commissioned version – which was three years in the making – revitalizes Ibsen’s rarely produced romance with a contemporary sensibility. Shield’s adaptation captures the emotional intensity of the Ibsen classic, which raises questions of love, freedom, sacrifice and fulfillment. Read the rest of this entry »

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