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 October 27.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
PEACE IN OUR TIME: A COMEDY | THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA | TRIFLES
OUR BETTERS | MAJOR BARBARA | FAITH HEALER | ARCADIA