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Shaw Festival Box Office now open for landmark season

Tickets sales for 2011 season strong

Media Release #1

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, January 12, 2011 . . . The Shaw Festival Box Office is now accepting ticket orders for its 50th season by fax, mail and online at www.shawfest.com from the general public. Phone and in-person ticket purchases will begin January 15. Ticket prices range from $24 to $30 for youth, $41 for seniors and $32 to $106 for regular priced tickets.

Tickets for the Shaw Festival’s 50th season went on sale to Shaw Festival Members and Visa Infinite cardholders on November 6 and December 4, respectively, and the response has been wonderfully strong. Compared to the same time last year, Members ticket sales are 5% ahead, with group sales reaching the $1 million mark, 15% ahead of the same time last year. Next season’s productions of My Fair Lady and The Admirable Crichton are very popular with families, reflecting a remarkable 143% increase in family package sales.

The Shaw Festival’s 50th season features an impressive and inspiring range of theatre that encompasses Shaw re-envisioned by directors and writers, newly commissioned works, plays by a new generation of provocative playwrights, re-explored classics and returning Festival favourites. The Shaw Festival’s milestone season begins April 7, 2011 and runs until October 30, 2011 with eleven diverse productions on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. The landmark season playbill includes a sparkling new production of the beloved musical My Fair Lady; Shaw’s most celebrated play Heartbreak House; and J.M. Barrie’s delicious comedy The Admirable Crichton on the Festival stage, along with Candida, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The President at the Royal George Theatre. The Shaw/Michael Healey remix of On the Rocks, the Irish classic Drama at Inish – A Comedy and the world premiere of the newly developed musical Maria Severa will take the stage at the Court House Theatre, while the Studio Theatre will play host to the Canadian premieres of Topdog/Underdog and When the Rain Stops Falling.

Several events are planned to celebrate The Shaw’s golden season including The Speed of Ideas – A Theatrical Forum with award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington, as well as the publication of a commemorative book written by Shaw scholar L.W. Conolly and designed by Scott McKowen, art director of The Shaw’s house programmes. Published by Oxford University Press, Shaw Festival – The First Fifty Years chronicles the history of this country’s foremost repertory theatre company and will be available in early April.  

Ticket information, ticket order forms and brochures can be obtained through the Shaw Festival Box Office or website:

  • Toll free in North America: 1-800-511-7429
  • Local: (905) 468-2172
  • Fax: (905) 468-3804
  • Internet: shawfest.com
  • Mail: Shaw Festival, Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON  L0S 1J0

The Festival Theatre Box Office and Bernard’s, the Shaw Festival Shop, are located at 10 Queen’s Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake and open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays, January 9 and 16. Beginning April 15, the Box Office will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exciting overnight and day packages are also available making a trip to The Shaw an enjoyable and hassle-free experience.

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In the spirit of 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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