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Designer Michael Gianfrancesco is the fashion genius
behind the gorgeous confections that the ladies of A
Woman of No Importance will wear
. Naturally, as a
designer Michael had a very specific inspiration for his
designs, so if you feel a sweep of nostalgia wash over
you when you see them, you’ll know why!

“The designs were greatly inspired by fashion
photography of the early 1950s, by such
photographers as Norman Hartnell and Cecil Beaton.
David Seidner's portraits from 1999 evoke society
portraits from this era, as well as portrait painting
throughout history and provided a contemporary
reference for us, as well as gesture, movement and
posture for the actors. Photography informs our entire
production, scenery, costumes and lighting. The
evening dresses worn by the women at dinner have
huge skirts and shimmering fabrics and are very
sculptural, contrasted by the men in tailored black
formal evening wear. Each character wears a colour
that appears in all of their costumes, giving them a
visual narrative within the story. All of this is reflected
in the aged mirrored panels of the scenery offering
multiplied views of all of the characters.”

Don’t miss out on A Woman of No Importance. It’s
going to have beautiful clothes, the words of Oscar
Wilde and a knock-out cast that includes Fiona Reid,
Martin Happer, Fiona Byrne, Mary Haney, Wade
Bogert-O’Brien, Julia Course and Diana Donnelly.

Buy tickets to A Woman of No Importance

Give the gift of an unforgettable theatre experience this Mother’s Day.
Celebrate your mother at the Shaw Festival by treating her to a
preview performance of Uncle Vanya or Our Town. You could also
surprise her with a Shaw Festival gift certificate that can be put
towards theatre tickets, theatre packages or Shawp merchandise.

To purchase a gift certificate visit or call 1-800-511-7429.

This annual fundraising garden tour, organized by the Shaw Festival
Guild, showcases magnificent secret gardens in the lovely Old Town of
Niagara-on-the-Lake. Meander through gardens and discover many
varieties of lush plants, beautiful trees and stunning perennials nestled
around historic homes.

Garden tour tickets are available online or by calling the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-7429.

June 5, August 7, September 11 | 10:30am New time!

A Sunday morning concert performed by members of The Shaw’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. By donation.

Congratulations to Cathy P. from London, ON who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. She will receive a pair of tickets to a 2016 performance of Alice in Wonderland. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.

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Photo of Michael Gianfrancesco by David Cooper. Court House Theatre photo by Cosmo Condina.
Costume sketches for A Woman of No Importance by Michael Gianfrancesco.