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Re-envisioned Bernard Shaw political comedy On the Rocks begins The Shaw’s July openings

Media Release #21

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 7, 2011…The Shaw Festival’s 50th season summer opening weekend starts tomorrow evening at the Court House Theatre. The weekend kicks off with the world premiere of contemporary playwright Michael Healey’s reworking of Bernard Shaw’s political comedy On the Rocks. The opening performances continue on Saturday with the lunchtime presentation of Morwyn Brebner’s adaptation of Ferenc Molnár’s mad-cap comedy The President at the Royal George Theatre and, later that evening, with the fantastical fable The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie, author of the beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, at the Festival Theatre.

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

Friday, July 8
8 p.m. – Opening of On the Rocks, directed by Joseph Ziegler
Court House Theatre, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sponsored by Producers Circle

Saturday, July 9
11:30 a.m. – Opening of The President, directed by Blair Williams
Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sponsored by Vintage Hotels

8 p.m. – Opening of The Admirable Crichton, directed by Morris Panych
Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

The Shaw Festival’s milestone season began April 7, 2011, runs until October 30, 2011 and also features productions of My Fair Lady, Candida, Drama at Inish – A Comedy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maria Severa, Heartbreak House, Topdog/Underdog and When the Rain Stops Falling on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. The 2011 season also includes a special 50th season event The Speed of Ideas: A Theatrical Forum on July 23 and 24 featuring award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington. or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local). For additional information on this season of celebration, please visit http://www.shawfest.com/our-50th-season/. For tickets and information on theatre packages, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

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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. 

Image Bank & B-Roll
Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of this season’s productions, the 2011 Ensemble, as well as photographs of our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Broadcast quality B-roll of our productions is also available.

To access our image bank or to have DVDs or Beta tapes delivered to you, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222                   

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224

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