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Shaw Festival gives back to community at annual cheque presentation

- Fifteen local groups benefited from this season’s town previews –

Media Bulletin #7

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 7, 2014) — Local Niagara-on-the-Lake charitable organizations once again benefited from the proceeds raised through the Shaw Festival’s Town Previews Program. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and Executive Director Elaine Calder hosted a cheque presentation on Friday, July 4, 2014 in The Shaw’s Festival Theatre Lobby. Read the rest of this entry »

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Revived lunchtime A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur in previews at Shaw Festival

- Tender one-act comic story of heartbreak and healing now on stage at Court House Theatre -

Newsroom Post #10

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 3, 2014) — The Shaw Festival brings Tennessee Williams’s forgotten one-act play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur back to the stage. Directed by Blair Williams, this rarely seen comical charmer is peppered with Williams’s sharp and witty dialogue and features Kaylee Harwood, Deborah Hay, Kate Hennig and Julain Molnar. It began previews June 28 at the Court House Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock in previews at the Royal George Theatre

- Potent mix of humour, drama and politics in one of the great plays of the 20th century -

Newsroom Post #9

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 2, 2014)Juno and the Paycock, one of the most performed and highly regarded plays of the 20th century, is currently in previews at the Shaw Festival. Directed by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, The Shaw’s production of Sean O’Casey’s portrait of a family torn apart by the political turmoil and tragedy of the Irish Civil War features Mary Haney as Juno Boyle, the indomitable matriarch at the heart of O’Casey’s play. Jim Mezon as Captain Jack Boyle and Benedict Campbell as Joxer Daly also headline a cast that includes Andrew Bunker, Charlie Gallant, Corrine Koslo, Marla McLean and Gord Rand. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer now in previews at the Festival Theatre

- Comedy about love, marriage and the sexes staged as Shaw intended – with originally abandoned third Act -

Newsroom Post #8

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 1, 2014) — A new production of Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer, staged with the original third Act, is now in previews at the Festival Theatre. Celebrated American director Lisa Peterson, making her Shaw Festival and Canadian theatre debut, directs this new production that brings out the wicked in Shaw’s wit. Gord Rand as the charismatic Leonard Charteris, Moya O’Connell and Marla McLean as “New Women” Julia Craven and Grace Tranfield, respectively, lead a cast featuring Michael Ball, Jeff Meadows, Ric Reid and Harveen Sandhu. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEXTNiagara and Buffalo Niagara 360 converged at Shaw Festival

- Networking event at iconic Niagara-on-the-Lake destination focused on strengthening binational links -

Media Bulletin #6

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 19, 2014) — The Shaw Festival was honoured to be the meeting place of choice for a Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC), in partnership with NEXTNiagara, and Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360) cross-border networking reception. Designed to strengthen the network of the next generation of business leaders, yesterday’s event was attended by key business and civic emerging leaders from the Niagara Region and Western New York. The evening’s attendees were also treated to a performance of Phillip Barry’s romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jackie Maxwell and company members nominated for Dora, Sterling and Jessie Awards

- Maxwell-directed London Road receives 11 Dora nominations; ties with Mirvishes’ Les Miz -

Media Release #10

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 12, 2014) — The Shaw Festival extends its congratulations to artistic director Jackie Maxwell, nominated for Outstanding Direction, Musical Theatre/Opera Division for the Canadian Stage production of London Road, and current company members on their recent Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Edmonton) and Jessie Richardson Theatre (Vancouver) nominations. The Shaw would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate company members who were recognized with Robert Merritt Award (Nova Scotia) nominations earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two comedies about love and marriage officially open at the Shaw Festival starting Friday

- When We Are Married kicks off June openings, followed by The Philadelphia Story -

Media Release #9

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 6, 2014) — The Shaw Festival officially opens two productions centred on love and marriage beginning tonight at the Royal George Theatre with When We Are Married, the J.B. Priestley comic take-down of English middle class pretension featuring Shaw Festival talents Patrick Galligan, Kate Hennig, Claire Jullien, Catherine McGregor, Thom Marriott and Patrick McManus. The festivities continue tomorrow evening at the Festival Theatre with the opening performance of Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story, a celebrated and sophisticated take on class distinctions, the emergence of tabloid journalism and the rocky road to love and marriage, featuring Moya O’Connell as the iconic Tracy Lord, Gray Powell, Patrick McManus, Fiona Byrne and Sharry Flett. Read the rest of this entry »

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Edward Bond’s comedy The Sea in previews at the Court House Theatre

- First time work by master of political and thought-provoking theatre presented at the Shaw Festival -

Newsroom Post #7

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 4, 2014)The Sea, the first Edward Bond work to be presented at The Shaw, began previews Tuesday, June 3 at the Court House Theatre. Eda Holmes directs this provocative comedy that mixes elements of farce, politics and rural mysticism – described by one critic as “equally influenced by The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest and Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. Fiona Reid leads an ensemble cast featuring Patrick Galligan, Wade Bogert-O’Brien, Peter Millard and Julia Course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story begins previews at the Festival Theatre

- Celebration of love at the centre of revealing ride to the “I do’s” -

Newsroom Post #6

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 16, 2014)The Philadelphia Story, Philip Barry’s sophisticated comedy about class distinctions, the emergence of tabloid journalism and the rocky road to love and marriage, began previews May 15 in the Festival Theatre. Dennis Garnhum directs a stellar ensemble cast featuring Moya O’Connell, as the iconic Tracy Lord; Gray Powell, Patrick McManus, Fiona Byrne and Sharry Flett. The creative team of designer William Schmuck, lighting designer Kevin Lamotte and composer and sound designer Jeremy Spencer bring Philadelphia’s high society wedding of the year to life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival’s 53rd season officially opens with a Shaw comedy and celebration

– Season to be fêted during opening night festivities –

Media Release #8

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 9, 2014)Arms and The Man by Bernard Shaw, directed by Morris Panych, officially opens the 2014 Shaw Festival season on Friday, May 9 at the Royal George Theatre. The celebrations continue Saturday, May 10 with a double-bill of openings – a matinee performance of The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists, directed by Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton, at the Court House Theatre and an evening performance of the musical Cabaret, directed by Peter Hinton, at the Festival Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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