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Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma kicks off July premieres and NOTL shuttle service launched

Media Release #17

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 9, 2010…Two of Bernard Shaw’s most provocative comedies open tonight and tomorrow evening as part of the Shaw Festival’s summer opening weekend. The festivities begin with The Doctor’s Dilemma, a satiric piece that poses some very stimulating questions, at the Festival Theatre and continues Saturday with this season’s lunchtime, the real-time playlet Half an Hour, by the beloved J.M. Barrie at the Royal George Theatre and Bernard Shaw’s farcical fairy tale John Bull’s Other Island at the Court House Theatre.

In celebration of these exciting new theatrical offerings, dignitaries from local government, Canada’s artistic and business communities; and Shaw supporters will attend gala dinners prior to the opening night performances.

The Doctor’s Dilemma
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Morris Panych
Opens – July 9    Closes – October 30
Festival Theatre
Sponsored by Bell

With his usual distinctive wit, Shaw tests the humanity of a doctor and presents a moral dilemma. Sir Colenso Ridgeon has discovered a lifesaving cure, but faces an ethical quandary. With only enough of his new cure for tuberculosis left for one patient, whom should he save? Dr. Blenkinsop, a kindly colleague who serves the poor, or the extremely talented but unscrupulous young artist Louis Dubedat, who also happens to have a beautiful young wife?

Half an Hour
by J.M. Barrie
directed by Gina Wilkinson
Opens – July 10    Closes – October 9
Royal George Theatre

One evening, half past the hour, Lady Lilian Garson makes an escape from her confining husband Richard Garson to the arms of her lover Hugh Paton. But when best-laid plans go horribly amiss – can she quickly slip back into her old life in time for dinner at eight? Half an Hour is this season’s lunchtime presentation.

John Bull’s Other Island
by George Bernard Shaw
directed by Christopher Newton
Opens – July 10    Closes – October 9
Court House Theatre

With a business deal in mind, friends and business partners Tom Broadbent and Larry Doyle travel to the small Irish town of Roscullen. Broadbent, the Englishman, already infected with stereotypical impressions of the country, plunges headfirst into love with everything Irish, including Nora Reilly, Doyle’s old flame. Doyle, the hometown boy, only sees a country trapped in its past.

 An Ideal Husband, The Women, The Cherry Orchard, Harvey and One Touch of Venus opened The Shaw’s 2010 season in May.

Now it’s even easier to visit The Shaw and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake has launched a new shuttle service for passengers departing from the GO train in St. Catharines and the GO bus at Fairview Mall. Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake is offering a special cost of $10 each way per passenger (the one-way cost of the GO train to St. Catharines from Toronto is $16.90). GO passengers are also now able to pre-book their transportation to Niagara-on-the-Lake at the same time they book their ticket to St. Catharines. The shuttle will meet trains and buses seven days per week through until October 12. Shuttle tickets can be booked and pick-up locations confirmed by calling 905-468-1950 or online at www.niagaraonthelake.com.

Endorsed by the Shaw Festival, Executive Director Colleen Blake said this new travel option “provides a cost-effective way for visitors to take in the fabulous attractions Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer, including The Shaw and our award-winning wineries – it is our pleasure to be a part of this eco-friendly travel option.”

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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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