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Powerhouse Shaw Festival cast star in Brian Friel’s celebrated Dancing at Lughnasa

- Memory, myth and imagination intertwine in this renowned contemporary Irish play -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 11, 2017) Krista Jackson, former Shaw Festival intern director and Zone 41 Theatre’s artistic director, returns to direct Brian Friel’s award-winning masterpiece Dancing at Lughnasa. Beginning previews on May 14 at the Royal George Theatre, this production features a quintet of fiercely talented Shaw Festival ensemble members – Fiona Byrne, Diana Donnelly, Claire Jullien, Sarena Parmar (in her Festival debut) and Tara Rosling – as the formidable Mundy sisters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canada’s history takes to the stage at the Shaw Festival in a rollicking revival of 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

- Classic of Canadian theatre seen for first time at the Festival -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 4, 2017) 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt – the rebellion that helped shape this home and native land – begins previews May 7 at the Court House Theatre. Created in 1973 by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille, this ground-breaking Canadian work features an energetic portrayal of Canadian history through music and movement. The Shaw Festival and director Philip Akin (“Master Harold” … and the Boys, 2016) honour Canada 150 with a true collective piece from this nation’s theatre history. Oh Canada! Read the rest of this entry »

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Artistic Director Tim Carroll makes Shaw Festival debut directing Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan

- Sara Topham makes first Festival appearance as icon Joan of Arc -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 1, 2017) — When the Shaw Festival’s 2017 production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan begins previews on May 3 at the Festival Theatre, it marks two milestones for Artistic Director Tim Carroll a Shaw Festival directorial debut and his first undertaking of a work by the Festival’s namesake. His production joins the tradition of earlier presentations of Saint Joan by former artistic directors Christopher Newton and Jackie Maxwell in 1981 and 2007, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake’s finest gardens on June 10

- Flora and fauna aficionados can stroll through eight stunning gardens on the Shaw Guild’s annual tour –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 1, 2017) – Garden enthusiasts will have an exclusive opportunity to wander through artisan gardens in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the nearby picturesque town of Queenston on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to this tour are $25 each and can be purchased at the Shaw Festival Box Office, online at www.shawfest.com/gardentour or by calling 1-800-511-7429. Read the rest of this entry »

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The head that wears the crown: The Madness of George III debuts at Shaw Festival

- Tom McCamus stars as George at the Royal George Theatre -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 6, 2017) — Equal parts political comedy and biographical drama, Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III explores the dangerous consequences when a king who loses control of his body, words and mind in the midst of his rule. The Madness of George III debuts at The Shaw’s Royal George Theatre on April 11. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oi! Musical romp Me and My Girl kicks off Artistic Director Tim Carroll’s first Shaw Festival season

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 4, 2017) — The delightful musical-comedy Me and My Girl launches Tim Carroll’s first season as the Shaw Festival’s artistic director. Ashlie Corcoran, former Shaw Festival intern director and Dora-nominated artistic director of Thousand Islands Playhouse, directs this award-winning musical. Brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry and chock-full of infectious songs like The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, along with toe-tapping dance numbers, Me and My Girl takes on the class system with charm, cheekiness and a dash of Cockney sass. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carroll’s Carol: The Shaw Festival announces 2017 production of Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol directed by Tim Carroll

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 15, 2017) – The Shaw Festival introduces a new annual holiday tradition to Niagara-on-the-Lake: Artistic Director Tim Carroll’s fanciful production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol previews November 15, opens November 25 and runs through December 23 at the Royal George Theatre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival announces Peter Jewett as new Chair of the Board of Governors

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 3, 2017) — At the Annual General Meeting earlier today, Andrew M. Pringle fulfilled his duties as the Shaw Festival’s Chair of the Board of Governors. During his remarks, Mr. Pringle passed the torch to Chair Designate Peter Jewett and announced new Board members Ian Joseph, Kevin Patterson, and Julian Rance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival celebrates Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell’s tenure and announces the 2016 financial results at Annual General Meeting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 3, 2017) — At the Annual General Meeting held earlier today, executives of the Shaw Festival announced the financial results of the 2016 season while celebrating Jackie Maxwell’s final year as artistic director. In front of an audience of patrons, staff, board members and the public, Executive Director Tim Jennings described both the difficulties and progress the Shaw Festival has made in the last year, while also announcing a $780K operating deficit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival honours co-founder Calvin Rand’s legacy

- 2017 production of Saint Joan dedicated to his memory -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (January 5, 2017) — The Shaw Festival was saddened to learn of the passing of our Co-Founder, and Founding Board Chair, Mr. Calvin Rand of Buffalo, NY. In 1962, Mr. Rand and Brian Doherty produced four performances each of Bernard Shaw’s Don Juan in Hell and Candida staged in the Assembly Room of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Court House. In this singular act of passion for theatre, the Shaw Festival was born. Read the rest of this entry »

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