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Nominations for annual Gina Wilkinson Prize now being accepted

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 21, 2015) — Nominations for the fifth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize are now being accepted. Established in memory of Gina Wilkinson – a valued member of the Shaw Festival company – the annual prize pays tribute to Gina and her unyielding dedication, vision and the indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life. An actor for over twenty years, Gina transitioned to directing and this prize recognizes an experienced female theatre artist making a similar shift from one theatre discipline to directing. This year’s nomination deadline is December 15, 2015 with the prize awarded on March 10, 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt premieres at the Shaw Festival

- World premiere of commissioned work by acclaimed Québécois playwright presented on the Royal George Theatre stage -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 4, 2015) The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt by Michel Marc Bouchard, with translation by Linda Gaboriau, premiered to rave reviews earlier this season at the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell helms The Divine, which was written especially for the Shaw Festival’s Ensemble. This world premiere production marks the first time a Bouchard play has débuted in English. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Next Whisky Bar – A Kurt Weill Cabaret makes its world premiere today at the Shaw Festival

- Sold out limited run show features the music of German-American composer Weill presented in the specially created Studio Underground -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 21, 2015) — For six nights only – August 21, 22, 28, 29 and September 4 and 5 – the Shaw Festival presents The Next Whisky Bar – A Kurt Weill Cabaret in the newly created Studio Underground at 10 Queen’s Parade. This production, conceived by Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey, features songs with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, as well as Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, Maxwell Anderson and Roger Fernay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces Tim Carroll as the next Artistic Director

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 13, 2015) — Andy Pringle, Chair of the Board of Governors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Carroll as the next Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival. As Artistic Director Designate, Carroll will work with current Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell during the 2016 season to familiarize himself with the complex workings of The Shaw and plan his first season. He will officially take the helm of the Shaw Festival on December 1, 2016 at the start of the 2017 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures makes its Canadian premiere at the Shaw Festival

- Sweeping family epic begins previews today at the Studio Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 11, 2015) — Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (iHO) begins previews today at the Shaw Festival’s Studio Theatre. Directed by Eda Holmes, Kushner’s portrait of an unusual Italian-American family reunion features an exploration of contemporary societal issues through his trademark mix of the humorous, the heartbreaking, the political and the personal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces 2016 Season

- Jackie Maxwell reveals her final season as Artistic Director –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 8, 2015) — Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and the Shaw Festival are pleased to announce the 2016 playbill. Marking the Festival’s 55th season and the end of Maxwell’s 14-year tenure, the 2016 line-up of 10 diverse productions includes works from the heart of the mandate, contemporary Shavian pieces and the world premieres of two commissioned works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky now on stage at the Festival Theatre

- Rollicking romp offers an affectionate peek into the ups and downs of a play’s opening night -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 26, 2015) Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky is now in previews at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Blair Williams, this backstage comedy features the comic talents of Claire Jullien, Steven Sutcliffe, Kelli Fox, Laurie Paton and Thom Marriott as a group of eccentric theatre artists facing the rollercoaster ride of a premiere. Fiona Byrne, Charlie Gallant, Graeme Somerville and Kelly Wong also appear in Hart’s love letter to the theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival’s lunchtime production, The Twelve-Pound Look, on stage now

- Wickedly sharp one-act a feminist battle cry from the author of Peter Pan -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 11, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s production of The Twelve-Pound Look, by prominent 20th century nobleman and writer J.M. Barrie, begins previews today at the Court House Theatre. Lezlie Wade directs this biting comedy that promotes female financial independence and professional fulfilment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw’s Pygmalion given modern rework

- Update makes tale of transformation resonate in present-day -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 31, 2015) Peter Hinton’s contemporary interpretation of Bernard Shaw’s iconic Pygmalion begins previews today at the Shaw Festival. Retaining the provocative power of Shaw’s wit and humour from the original 1914 text, the Festival’s production of Pygmalion is set in modern London and confronts present day issues of class, gender and culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls begins previews at The Shaw

- Talented women of the Shaw Festival ensemble showcased in powerful contemporary Shavian work -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 23, 2015) The Shaw Festival’s production of Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s ground-breaking play, begins previews today at the Court House Theatre. Vikki Anderson, in her Shaw Festival debut, directs the brilliant cross-generational cast of Fiona Byrne, Tara Rosling, Catherine McGregor, Claire Jullien, Laurie Paton, Julia Course and Tess Benger. Read the rest of this entry »

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