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W.S. Gilbert’s feisty and hilarious Engaged begins previews

- Satirical look at love, marriage and money inspired comedies of Shaw, Wilde and Coward –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 14, 2016) — Curated from deep in the heart of the Shaw Festival’s mandate period, Engaged is a hilarious romp through the Scottish countryside where love triangles abound. Written by W.S. Gilbert before his renowned partnership with Arthur Sullivan, Engaged comically comments on the façade of Victorian life, with particular satirical attention on the obsession with wealth. This romantic comedy begins its first engagement at the Royal George Theatre on June 15. Read the rest of this entry »

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Playwright Lisa Codrington reimagines Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God for the stage

-  Controversial novella turned one-act play begins previews June 10 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (June 9, 2016) Governor General Award-nominated playwright Lisa Codrington’s stage adaptation of Bernard Shaw’s The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God begins previews Friday, June 10 at the Court House Theatre. Commissioned by the Shaw Festival, this world premiere is an outrageous comic tale of a young girl’s quest to find God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wilde witticisms abound in Eda Holmes’s stylish A Woman of No Importance

-  Long-concealed secrets and scandal are exposed beginning May 29 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 26, 2016) A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde’s stylish comedy that exposes the cynicism and hypocrisy that underlies high “society” begins previews Sunday, May 29 at the Festival Theatre. This dangerous drama, directed by Eda Holmes is the fourth major Wilde play to be presented under Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s tenure – completing Wilde’s brilliant, scalpel-like study of the world around him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival and 710 Main Theatre join forces in bi-national producing partnership

- Shaw Festival production to anchor the 710 Main Theatre 2016-2017 Season –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON & Buffalo, NY (May 25, 2016)710 Main Theatre in Buffalo, NY, owned and operated by Shea’s Performing Arts Center, and the Shaw Festival of Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON announce a producing partnership that will launch as part of the 710 Main 2016-2017 Frey Electric Construction Co. Season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wander through Niagara-on-the-Lake’s private gardens on June 4

- Annual Shaw Guild’s Garden Tour gives public access to landscape artistry –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2016) – Stroll through the finest exclusive gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden enthusiasts are treated to the beauty of eight gardens featuring: a formal knot garden accented with beautifully shaped boxwoods on an acre of manicured grounds; a Japanese inspired courtyard garden surrounded by wisteria and clematis; and an outdoor living area with ponds and waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs Annie Baker’s fresh version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

-  Previews begin May 1 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 29, 2016) — In her final season as the Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director, Jackie Maxwell returns to Anton Chekhov, having directed Three Sisters in 2003 – her first season in the position. Maxwell’s production of popular, American playwright Annie Baker’s new version of Uncle Vanya begins previews on May 1 at the Court House Theatre. Baker’s deft adaptation gives Uncle Vanya a sense of the present, while maintaining the integrity of Chekhov’s classic and his unique blend of humour and heartache. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland makes world premiere at The Shaw

-  Three years in the making, Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole starting April 27 -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 27, 2016) — Director Peter Hinton’s highly anticipated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale Alice in Wonderland begins previews today at The Shaw’s Festival Theatre. This ambitious new work was written specifically for the Shaw Festival’s acting ensemble and marks the first time a brand new piece of theatre will appear on the Festival Theatre’s stage. Known for his brilliant theatrical conceptions and wildly imaginative staging, Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland remains loyal to its Victorian origins – fully embracing all the whimsy, delight and joy of the original story – while marrying awe-inspiring visual special effects with delightful theatre magic to create Alice’s epic journey through Wonderland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession continues to confront prevailing views about the #oldestprofession

-  Previews start April 21 at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 20, 2016) — Bernard Shaw’s notoriously provocative Mrs Warren’s Profession – a play once considered “unfit for women’s ears” – begins previews tomorrow in the Shaw Festival’s intimate Royal George Theatre. Dora Award-winning director Eda Holmes’ contemporary spin on this relevant classic play confronts society’s concepts of being a woman, a mother and a purveyor of the world’s #oldestprofession. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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