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Principal casting and creative teams for The Shaw’s Royal George Theatre and Studio Theatre productions announced

Media Release #38

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, November 9, 2011… Principal casting and creative teams for The Shaw’s Royal George and Studio Theatres were announced today by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell.

Thom Marriott & Krista Colosimo take on Shaw’s madcap Misalliance

After his hilarious performance in last season’s Drama at Inish, Thom Marriott returns for his sixth season appearing as underwear magnate John Tarleton in Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance. Krista Colosimo takes on the role of his feisty daughter Hypatia, who is determined to become an “active verb” and find adventure in her otherwise sheltered life — Shaw’s quintessential “new woman”. Wade Bogert-O’Brien returns as Joey Percival, the focus of her affections. Catherine McGregor, Jeff Meadows, Peter Krantz, Craig Pike, Tara Rosling and Ben Sanders round out the cast.

Misalliance
by Bernard Shaw

Previews – April 19  Opens – May 25  Closes – October 27
Sponsored by Scotiabank Group

Directed by Eda Holmes, designed by Judith Bowden, lighting designed by Bonnie Beecher, with original music and sound designed by John Gzowski.

Shaw’s new generation to shine in glorious Rattigan comedy!

Parlez-vous français? Veteran actor Michael Ball helms an ensemble piece featuring many of our brilliant young actors. Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Robin Evan Willis, Martin Happer, Billy Lake, Julie Martell, Craig Pike and Ben Sanders are all poised to bring to life Terence Rattigan’s comical creation  — where improving one’s French language skills comes second to romancing girls. Learning French was never this enjoyable!

French Without Tears
by Terence Rattigan

Previews – May 11  Opens – May 26  Closes – September 15

Directed by Kate Lynch, designed by William Schmuck, with lighting designed by Kirsten Watt.

Corrine Koslo & Ric Reid bring unspoken passion to life in Inge’s Sheba

Corrine Koslo follows her heart-wrenching portrayal of Big Mama in last season’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the role of faded beauty queen Lola, a woman living in a lonely loveless marriage with Doc, her recovering alcoholic husband, played by Ric Reid. Resigned to their numbing existence of abandoned ambitions, their domestic facade begins to fracture and unspoken passions rise to the surface when a vivacious young college student moves into their cluttered Midwestern home. Also featuring Julia Course and Sharry Flett.

Come Back, Little Sheba
by William Inge

Previews – June 28  Opens – July 6  Closes – October 19

Directed by Jackie Maxwell, designed by Christina Poddubiuk, with lighting designed by Bonnie Beecher.

STUDIO THEATRE

Tara Rosling in first Canadian play to be presented in the Studio Theatre & Sanjay Talwar makes his Shaw Festival debut

Returning to the Studio Theatre after the successful and critically acclaimed run of last season’s When the Rain Stops Falling, Tara Rosling is Helen, a woman on a journey through the heart of a Middle Eastern city searching for a necklace and discovering so much more. The Shaw welcomes Sanjay Talwar, making his Shaw Festival debut as Nabil, the taxi-driving protector and guide.

Helen’s Necklace
by Carole Fréchette
In an English version by John Murrell

Previews – July 15  Opens – August 11  Closes – August 31
Sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, designed by Judith Bowden, with lighting designed by Michelle Ramsay.

Tickets for the Shaw Festival’s 51st season went on sale to Shaw Festival Members on November 5. Visa Infinite cardholders can purchase tickets before the general public by phone and online beginning December 3. Tickets to the general public go on sale January 9 and can be ordered by mail, fax or online at www.shawfest.com. Ticket orders by phone or in person will be accepted beginning January 14. Ticket prices range from $24 to $30 for youth, $41 to $45 for seniors and $32 to $110 for regular priced tickets. To become a Member and order tickets now, call 1-800-511-7429.

Visa Infinite is the official payment card of the Shaw Festival.

*Information accurate as of November 9, 2011.

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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.

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