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ShawFest 2015
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Come and see The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, a play commissioned by The Shaw and written by acclaimed Québécois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard about legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt, played by legendary Canadian actress Fiona Reid.

“Divine Sarah”, the Parisian-born beauty, rose to fame in France during the Belle Epoque with her stage career starting with the Comédie-Franҫaise. In a life filled with spectacle and drama, Bouchard focused this play on the stage star’s trip to Quebec City in 1905, where two seminarians – Michaud (Ben Sanders) and Talbot (Wade Bogert-O’Brien) are charged with telling her that she is not welcome by the Catholic Church.

Being a part of a world premiere play, Ben Sanders
explained that, “It isn't often that an actor gets the
opportunity to work on a brand new script by a
tremendous talent like Michel Marc Bouchard. His
work is charming, surprising, heart-breaking, and
vividly theatrical – a feast for both the actors and
the audience. Often, we spend a great deal of time
at The Shaw trying to grasp how a century-old play
was performed, and how it can be suitably
re-envisioned for today's audience. The Divine is
so perfect for our company because it is about
performances that happened a hundred years ago, but the drama, the humour, the poetry, and the characters are terrifically fresh and original. We'll revel in the duality of it – it’s fascinating grounding in history, and the way it takes flight in the imaginations of Michel Marc, Jackie, and Michael Gianfrancesco.”

The Divine runs until October 11 at the Royal George Theatre and features Fiona Reid, Ben Sanders, Wade Bogert-O’Brien with Darcy Gerhart, Mary Haney and Martin Happer.

Buy tickets to The Divine


September 26 at 7pm
Court House Theatre

Enjoy an 80-minute concert and hear such classics like ‘Mack the Knife’, ‘Surabaya Johnny’ and ‘September Song’ followed by a reception in the Market Room catered by Jackson-Triggs Winery.

$150 per ticket.
Limited number of tickets available.

Peach Festival
August 8 at 9am to 5pm

Niagara celebrates the peach harvest with a day of music, food, entertainment, fun and lots of Greenbelt-grown peaches on Queen Street. 905-468-1950

The Reading Series
August 9 – The Shoplifters by Morris Panych
August 30 – 27 by Abi Morgan

Actors and words - intimate and immediate. Our Ensemble members take you back to the basics, allowing your imagination to soar as they speak. Studio Theatre. $20.

Join us for the last Coffee Concert of the season
August 16 at 11am

A Sunday morning concert performed by members of the Shaw Festival’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. Approximately 45 minutes. By donation.

One of the many perks of Membership is an open invitation to join us on the Members terrace at intermission where our Membership Services team are on-hand to discuss the shows and enjoy complimentary coffee or tea.

For our Governors Council Members, the Lounge awaits, with a lovely portrait retrospective of Shavian favourites to linger over while you sip and savour some of Niagara’s finest wines during intermission.

If you wish to join this important group of donors, contact our Membership Services department at 1-800-657-1106 ext 2556.

Congratulations to Joyce B. from North York who has won this month’s contest for Backstage Pass subscribers. She will receive a pair of tickets to a 2015 performance of Light Up the Sky. Backstage Pass subscribers are automatically entered to win each month.