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Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Our Town opens Shaw Festival’s 2016 season

- Visits to Grover’s Corners begin April 9 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 8, 2016) — The Shaw Festival’s 55th season begins Saturday at 2 p.m. with the first preview of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play Our Town. Molly Smith, artistic director of Washington, D.C’s Tony award-winning Arena Stage, returns to The Shaw to breathe vivid, new life into this classic piece of theatre – a talent she displayed so brilliantly in her production of My Fair Lady in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces appointments to Board of Governors

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 5, 2016) — Three new appointments to the Shaw Festival’s Board of Governors were announced today by Chair Andrew M. Pringle during the Annual General Meeting.

Lyle Hall, Timothy R. Price and Jaime Watt are leaders in their respective industries and passionate supporters of arts and culture in Canada. As members of the Shaw Festival’s binational Board of Governors, they will apply their expertise and remarkable skill sets to the continued development of The Shaw’s strategic direction, further its mission through active ambassadorship and the establishment of policies and procedures that support its long-time sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival reports on 2015 season at Annual General Meeting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 5, 2016) — Earlier today, the Shaw Festival presented the artistic and financial results of the 2015 season before an audience of patrons, staff, board members and the public. While celebrating an artistically exemplary season, The Shaw’s new Executive Director Tim Jennings explained the financial challenges faced in 2015 and announced a 1.76 million dollar deficit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell receives Ontario’s highest honour

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 21, 2016) — At a ceremony last evening, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell was invested into the Order of Ontario by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario. As the province’s highest official honour, the Order of Ontario recognizes individual excellence and achievement in any field. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival adds 14 performances to 2016 season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 7, 2016) — Due to popular demand, the Shaw Festival is adding 14 performances to the 2016 season. Early ordering prices continue until January 31 with the newly added dates already on sale. Read the rest of this entry »

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Annual Shaw Festival Film Series Feature Cinema’s Best

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 18, 2015) – Winter is coming, but no need to hibernate. Beginning December 5, stay warm and entertained with weekly screenings of critically acclaimed films and documentaries during the Shaw Festival Film Series at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade). All profits from the Film Series benefit the Shaw Festival’s 2016 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces principal casting for Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s final season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 5, 2015) — Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and the Shaw Festival announce principal casting and the creative teams for the 2016 playbill. The 2016 season features new and core ensemble members and beloved returning artists celebrating Ms. Maxwell’s final season and 14-year tenure at The Shaw. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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