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Let’s get groovy! Sweet Charity features all the elements that make a brilliant musical. New York City. The Swinging Sixties. Fabulous dance numbers. Irresistible songs. Love. It hits all the right notes. How can you resist?

And before you see the show, here is a short primer on the lead characters.

"My problem is I’m too giving. I’m always giving and I never get."

"I’m really a very calm person. Highly organized. I can promise you that if it really comes down to it, you can depend on me."

"Yeah, and it ain’t no use flappin’ your wings ‘cause we are caught in the fly paper of life."

"I’m not gonna spend the next forty years in the Fan-Dango Ballroom... I’m gettin’ out."

Previews for Sweet Charity begin on April 17. Enjoy preview pricing on performances until May 16. How sweet it is!

Sweet Charity Sing-Along – June 20 & July 11
Gather around the piano before the show for a Sweet Charity sing-along with a member of The Shaw’s Music Department. Lyric sheets provided. $85 includes theatre ticket.
To book call 1.800.511.7429

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Our scenic painters have been hard at work on this piece of artistry for Peter and the Starcatcher. This painting is part of the sail for a ship. Come and see it on stage at the Royal George starting in April.
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With International Women’s Day this month, we thought we’d take a moment to tell you about a play that’s all about women – the brilliant modern classic Top Girls written by Caryl Churchill (Serious Money, Cloud 9).

The premise involves a dinner party that includes a guest list of famous real and fictional women throughout history. The table is set for the following “top girls”.

Isabella Bird: A 19th century explorer, writer, naturalist and the first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Dull Gret: Also known as Mad Meg, Dull Gret is the subject of a Bruegel painting that depicts her leading a mighty group of women to pillage Hell.

Pope Joan: Pope Joan, the fabled female pope who reigned for several years in the Medieval Ages.

Lady Nijo: First a concubine to a Japanese Emperor and later a Buddhist nun, Lady Nijo travelled for years and wrote a memoir that lasted through the ages.

Patient Griselda: A character found in the likes of Chaucer and Petrarch, Griselda embodies total obedience and patience and is tested by her husband repeatedly.

Top Girls features some of The Shaw’s own top girls. See Fiona Byrne, Tara Rosling, Catherine McGregor, Claire Jullien, Laurie Paton, Julia Course and Tess Benger.

Previews begin May 23 and tickets are selling fast!

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If you’ve seen Pygmalion before and think you know the story of the cockney flower girl and the linguistics professor, then our 2015 Peter Hinton directed version will change all that. Here’s a short trailer to pique your interest further.

Teen workshop
Saturdays April 18
10am - 5pm

En Garde!

Learn the artistry of stage weapon combat and how to handle stage weapons with the savvy of a swashbuckler.

The Shaw Festival:
Behind the Curtain Documentary

March 27 on WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto
Check local listings.

Tune in to a rebroadcast of the PBS documentary all about The Shaw. New footage includes interviews and insight with Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, Design Director William Schmuck and Executive Director Elaine Clader.

In addition to taking in outstanding performances that The Shaw is known for, Members can join us for our series of special events for the season – Beyond the Stage: For Members.

We launch our season with our first Membership event: Journey Behind the Scenes, on Saturday, April 11. Become a Member at the Supporting level or above ($200+) and you can join us for this special morning event, where you will experience a peek behind the curtains that will include firsthand discussions with Artistic staff on the 2015 productions. And you will learn the secrets of how we will bring some of these productions from page to stage with a backstage tour!

Members are the cornerstone of support for The Shaw – please join us today by calling 1.800.657.1106 ext 2389 and become part of this special group of donors!

Playwright Bernard Shaw was also an accomplished musician and composer. A group of researchers at York University have recorded and released Shaw’s Musical Universe, a new CD featuring the vocal talents of Brigitte Bogar, a professional soprano and York PhD student in music, together with Professor Christopher Innes, Canada Research Chair in Performance and Culture. The CD is the result of extensive research by Innes and Bogar that was conducted at the British library, the New York Public Library and the Humanities Research Centre in Austin, Texas. The research revealed music composed by Shaw and by his mother. $22.95

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Congratulations to Andrew from Scarborough who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. He will receive a pair of tickets to a 2015 performance of Pygmalion. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.