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Shaw’s The Millionairess begins Shaw Festival July openings

Media Release #19

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 5, 2012…Three days of Shaw Festival summer openings start tonight at the Court House Theatre with Bernard Shaw’s comedy The Millionairess. Opening performances continue on Friday at the Royal George Theatre with the evening presentation of William Inge’s moving drama Come Back, Little Sheba. On Saturday, the Court House Theatre hosts the opening of this season’s lunchtime one-act, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, a jazz-infused portrait of marriage in the Mad Men era. Later that evening, the July opening festivities conclude at the Festival Theatre with the Canadian premiere of His Girl Friday, John Guare’s inspired rapid-fire pressroom romantic comedy which combines Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s original play The Front Page with the screen version of His Girl Friday.

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 performance of Come Back, Little Sheba and after the opening of His Girl Friday.

Thursday, July 5
8 p.m. – Opening of The Millionairess, directed by Blair Williams
Court House Theatre, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Friday, July 6
8 p.m. – Opening of Come Back, Little Sheba, directed by Jackie Maxwell
Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Saturday, July 7
11:30 a.m. – Opening of Trouble in Tahiti, directed by Jay Turvey
Court House Theatre, 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sponsored by Vintage Hotels

6 p.m. – Opening of His Girl Friday, directed by Jim Mezon
Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

The Shaw Festival’s season began April 10, runs until October 28 and proudly features 11 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com. 

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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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For additional information, please 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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