Great theatre in the heart of Niagara wine country! Located in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the Shaw Festival is one of the world’s finest theatre companies. In 2013, we present 10 plays on four stages from now until November 3.
Season highlights include the great American musical Guys and Dolls, Oscar Wilde's comic thriller Lady Windermere's Fan and Enchanted April - the perfect summer escape for fans of “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “A Room with A View”. But there's more! You'll be enthralled by Somerset Maugham's glittering comedy, Our Betters – the perfect play for lovers of "Downton Abbey"; entranced by the Tony Award-winning music and romance of The Light in the Piazza; riveted by the drama of the ultimate father-daughter showdown in Bernard Shaw's classic Major Barbara ...and that's just the beginning.
“One of the best theatrical festivals in the world.”
– The Montreal Gazette
“One of the great repertory theaters in the English-speaking world.”
– Pittsburgh-Post Gazette
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Based on a story & characters by Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki
MUSICAL CLASSIC In New York City, you’ll meet wise guys and chorus gals, gamblers and actresses, cops and bobby-soxers. Pious Sarah Brown, a sergeant at the Save-A-Soul mission, wants to save their souls while Nathan Detroit needs $1000 to save the city’s oldest floating craps game. Enter high-roller Sky Masterson who takes Nathan’s crazy bet – to woo the virtuous Sarah! Who will take a real gamble on love? Will luck be a lady tonight? Guys and Dolls has been called the “greatest of all American musicals.”
|October 15 - 2pm||October 16 - 8pm||October 17 - 8pm|
|October 20 - 2pm||October 22 - 2pm||October 23 - 8pm|
|October 24 - 2pm||October 26 - 2pm||October 27 - 2pm|
|October 29 - 2pm||October 30 - 2pm||November 1 - 2pm|
|November 2 - 2pm||November 2 - 8pm||November 3 - 2pm|
Directed by Peter Hinton
GLITTERING COMEDY Beautiful, rich and newly married, Lady Windermere is almost too good to true. She’s about to throw herself a glittering 21st birthday ball when one of London society’s most notorious gossips drops by with news about the mysterious Mrs Erlynne and the Lady’s husband. And so begins this comic thriller, full of twists and turns, intrigue and jealousy. Who is this woman? Is she what she seems? Is anyone? A dazzling play that caused a sensation and launched Wilde’s career.
|October 2 - 8pm||October 13 - 8pm||October 19 - 8pm|
from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
ROMANTIC DRAMA Lotty and Rose are two housewives who need some enchantment in their lives. WWI is over but a gloom still hangs over London. Impulsively, Lotty answers an ad in the paper that reads, “Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for April. Cook, gardens, ocean view.” And so their adventure begins. Recruiting two other women in need of a lifetime, rediscovering themselves among the wine, wisteria and sunshine in a play that is timeless, funny and joyfully restorative.
|October 3 - 8pm||October 5 - 2pm||October 6 - 8pm|
|October 8 - 8pm||October 11 - 8pm||October 13 - 2pm||October 18 - 8pm||October 19 - 2pm||October 25 - 2pm|
|October 26 - 8pm|
adapted from Bernard Shaw’s Geneva
Directed by Blair Williams
SHAW SATIRE An adaptation of one of Shaw’s later plays by one of Canada’s most well-respected playwrights. John Murrell’s delicious adaptation begins with Belle, a plucky American gal who works as a receptionist at the League of Nations. When she is visited by three citizens of the League who file complaints about their leaders, she unwittingly sets in motion an international incident. A brilliant mix of politics with a hint of the Three Stooges.
|October 4 - 2pm||October 5 - 8pm||October 11 - 2pm|
|October 12 - 2pm|
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co., owener of the proginal motion picture Light in the Piazza based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Directed by Jay Turvey
MUSICAL ROMANCE A glorious musical story set in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret is touring the Tuscan Countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara has a chance encounter with Fabrizio, a handsome Florentine, and they fall in love. Margaret tries to keep them apart to protect her daughter, who isn’t what she seems. But the romance of Italy is powerful, and it slowly transforms them all. Adam Guettel also wrote the musical Floyd Collins, which the Shaw Festival produced to huge acclaim in 2004.
|October 1 - 2pm||October 2 - 2pm||October 3 - 8pm|
|October 11 - 8pm||October 13 - 2pm|
Directed by Morris Panych
STYLISH COMEDY If this play were a personal ad it would read: rich American women in search of nobility seeking poor British men with titles – a forerunner of Downton Abbey! When American Bessie Saunders comes to London, she is thrust into the world of women of wealth and men of status. The games, the lies, the affairs – what she hears and witnesses, particularly in the garden house of her older sister Pearl, is a mercilessly funny look at Europe’s smart set. Sexy, stylish, provocative and very funny – writer and critic Graham Greene called it “the best social comedy of this century.”
|October 17 - 8pm||October 25 - 8pm||October 27 - 2pm|
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
SHAW CLASSIC Have your ideals tested and your beliefs turned on their head in one of Shaw’s wittiest and most provocative plays. When arms dealer Andrew Undershaft is reunited with his Salvation Army daughter Barbara, each is sure the other’s profession is a source of immorality. She invites him to visit her shelter – he agrees as long as she will come visit his cannon works. They are both convinced that the other will be converted. But who is right, who is wrong, who is good, who is evil is never – typical of Shaw – as simple as it seems.
|October 5 - 8pm||October 12 - 2pm||October 13 - 2pm|
|October 19 - 8pm|
Directed by Craig Hall
COMPELLING DRAMA Three versions of the same story – but which one is true? This mesmerizing tale centres on a small-time faith healer who travels the countryside, miraculously curing the sick (or does he?) in every small town along the way. We also meet his wife (or is it his mistress?) who tells us her own tale of faith and healing; and his manager Teddy, who has his own version of events. Brian Friel is one of Ireland’s master playwrights, and Faith Healer one of his many worldwide successes.
|October 1 - 8pm||October 6 - 2pm|