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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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Niagara-on-the-Lake’s secret gardens revealed on June 6

- Annual tour gives rare view of landscape artistry, while supporting Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Fund -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2015) – Eight of the finest private gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Old Town are showcased during the 10th annual Shaw Guild’s Garden Tour on Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The one-day self-guided tour features numerous varieties of native and exotic plants, trees and perennials on display in lovely historic surroundings all within walking distance of each other. Some gardens are formal with trimmed hedges and walking paths, while others ramble across large estate acreage overlooking the Niagara River. Feature sheets on the showcased landscapes will be available at each location and the proud gardeners will be on site to answer questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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New version of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea makes its world premiere at the Shaw Festival

- Rarely produced work re-imagined by Governor General Award-winning playwright Erin Shields in previews -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 30, 2015) Canadian playwright Erin Shields’ new version of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea begins previews today at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre. Directed by Meg Roe, the Shaw commissioned version – which was three years in the making – revitalizes Ibsen’s rarely produced romance with a contemporary sensibility. Shield’s adaptation captures the emotional intensity of the Ibsen classic, which raises questions of love, freedom, sacrifice and fulfillment. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Never Can Tell previews at the Shaw Festival

- Jim Mezon directs Bernard Shaw romantic-comedy of errors -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 26, 2015) You Never Can Tell starts previews today in the intimate Royal George Theatre. Director and renowned Shavian actor Jim Mezon, along with an assembled cast of exceptional Shaw Ensemble talent, tackle Shaw’s wit and words in a fresh production of one of Bernard Shaw’s most entertaining and light-hearted plays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweet Charity now in previews at the Shaw Festival

- Julie Martell returns to the Festival as the indomitable Charity Hope Valentine -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 17, 2015) — The Shaw’s production of Sweet Charity, the Tony Award® -winning musical, begins previews today at the Festival Theatre. Directed by Morris Panych, Sweet Charity electrifies the stage with the sounds of New York in the late 1960s with unforgettable musical numbers like “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter and the Starcatcher kicks off Shaw Festival’s 54th season

- Previews of the whimsical adventure set sail April 8 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 8, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season launches today with previews of Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher, the theatrical prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell helms the voyage from London to unknown enchanted shores in this story of how Peter became Pan. Designer Judith Bowden’s costumes and jungle-gym set, along with Kevin Lamotte’s lighting, transform the Royal George Theatre into this story’s many fanciful locales – from a pirate ship to a grotto full of memorable mermaids. The production also features movement by Valerie Moore and musical direction by Ryan deSouza. Peter and the Starcatcher is an adventure for the young, the young-at-heart and those determined never to grow up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tim Jennings to join the Shaw Festival as Executive Director

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 7, 2015) — Andy Pringle, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Shaw Festival, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Jennings as the next Executive Director of the Shaw Festival. Jennings will succeed Elaine Calder, who is retiring in September of this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Valerie Planche wins 2015 Gina Wilkinson Prize

- Annual prize honours a female Canadian theatre artist transitioning to directing -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 10, 2015) — The committee of the Gina Wilkinson Prize is pleased to announce the 2015 recipient of the annual prize is Valerie Planche of Calgary, Alberta. The announcement came on March 10 – Gina’s birthday. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival thanks its local supporters with Niagara Neighbours special pricing

- Niagara Region, Hamilton and Burlington area residents eligible for discounts –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 4, 2015) — The Shaw Festival’s Niagara Neighbours program provides local residents with special offers to see world-class theatre in their own backyard. From now until April 13, tickets for select performances are available starting at $42 ($22 for students). Read the rest of this entry »

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