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Shaw Festival 49th season opens with Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband

Media Release #13

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 26, 2010. . . Through a curtain of humour, great ideas, struggles and relationships will be revealed and examined during the 49th season of the Shaw Festival. Commencing tonight with Oscar Wilde’s witty intrigue An Ideal Husband — a play about blackmail, political corruption and scandal, four other productions will also open this week: the Canadian premiere of the Tom Murphy version of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard; the Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash, S.J. Perelman madcap musical One Touch of Venus; the Mary Chase Pulitzer Prize-winning charmer Harvey; and the clever, cut-throat Clare Boothe Luce comedy The Women.

The Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell joins The Shaw’s Board of Governors Chair Janet McKelvey and the rest of the Company in celebrating the start of the season and says of this week’s events: “After weeks of exploring, building, rehearsing, previewing and honing, we proudly open the first five shows in our 2010 season — a truly rich showcase for our wonderfully talented company.”

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; along with special guests from all levels of government, colleagues from the cultural sector and generous leading patrons and corporate sponsors will be in attendance. Federal government officials attending will include Mr. Kevin Johnson, US Consul General (Toronto); Ms. Marta Moszczenska, Canadian Consul General (Buffalo); and Mr. Ashley Prime, British Deputy Consul General (Toronto). Provincial government officials attending will include The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture; The Honourable Gerry Phillips, Deputy Government House Leader and Minister Responsible for Seniors; The Honourable Monique Smith, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Government House Leader; The Honourable John Wilkinson, Minister of Revenue; Ms. Donna Cansfield, MPP Etobicoke Centre and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Mr. Kim Craitor, MPP Niagara Falls; Mr. Drew Fagan, Deputy Minister, Tourism and Culture; and Ms. Julia Munro, MPP York-Simcoe. Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs, Mayor of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Mr. Peter Partington, Regional Chair, Regional Municipality of Niagara; will also be in attendance, as will members of the Arts community including Mr. William Boyle, CEO, Harbourfront Centre; Ms. Pat Bradley, Theatre Officer, Ontario Arts Council; Mr. John Brotman, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Council; Ms. Kari Cullen,National Arts Centre Consultant – Project Niagara; Ms. Martha Durdin, Chair, Ontario Arts Council; Ms. Julia Foster, Chair, National Arts Centre; Mr. John Goddard, Executive Director, Theatre Ontario; Mr. Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO, National Arts Centre; Ms. Linda Intaschi, Associate Producer, Mirvish Productions; Mr. Matthew Jocelyn, Artistic and General Director, CanadianStage Company; and Mr. Brian Sewell, Executive Producer, Mirvish Productions.

The Shaw Festival’s 2010 season runs from April 1 to October 31 and will also feature The Doctor’s Dilemma, John Bull’s Other Island, Age of Arousal, Half an Hour and Serious Money.

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In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
(905) 468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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