Shaw Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada
Festival Contact Information

Shaw Festival
10 Queen’s Parade
Box 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0
Phone: (01) 905-468-2172

Festival Description

The Shaw Festival features diverse productions that include Shaw re-envisioned by both directors and writers, newly commissioned works, plays by a new generation of provocative playwrights, re-explored classics and returning Festival favourites.

Festival Dates April 3 - October 27, 2013
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Festival Events:

Plays 2013:
  • Guys and Dolls (1950), Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows, music & lyrics by Frank Loesser. Based on two short stories by Damon Runyon.
    • Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki
      Venue — Festival Stage
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), Oscar Wilde
    • Directed by Peter Hinton
      Venue — Festival Stage
  • Enchanted April (2003), Matthew Barber, adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
    • Directed by Jackie Maxwell
      Venue — Festival Stage
  • Peace in our Time: A Comedy (2012), Adapted from the Bernard Shaw play Geneva (1938) by John Murrell.
    • Directed by Blair Williams
      Venue — Court House
  • The Light in the Piazza (2003), Book by Craig Lucas, music & lyrics by Adam Guettel. Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer.
    • Directed by Jay Turvey
      Venue — Court House
  • Lunchtime: Trifles (1916) and A Wife for a Life (1913), Susan Glaspell and Eugene O’Neill
    • Director to be announced
      Venue — Court House
  • Major Barbara (1905), Bernard Shaw
    • Directed by Jackie Maxwell
      Venue — Royal George
  • Our Betters (1915), W. Somerset Maugham
    • Directed by Morris Panych
      Venue — Royal George
  • Faith Healer (1979), Brian Friel
    • Directed by Craig Hall
      Venue — Royal George
  • Arcadia (1993), Tom Stoppard
    • Directed by Eda Holmes
      Venue — Studio Theatre
Featured artist 2013:
  • Adam Guettel
    The Shaw Festival hosts Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel in conversation with Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli.
    Friday, August 9, 2013 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Court House Theatre.
    • This up-close and personal event is open to the public with tickets selling for $20.00. The event will include a Q&A; with Mr. Guettel. To purchase tickets visit or call 1-800-511-SHAW. “We are honoured to have Mr. Guettel here at The Shaw, as his work has made an extraordinary impact on the theatre community internationally, and certainly with our Festival,” says Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director, Shaw Festival. “With his first musical, Floyd Collins, produced at The Shaw nearly a decade ago, and now his award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza in this season’s line-up, we’re thrilled to continue our relationship with one of musical theatre’s most innovative artists.”
      Mr. Guettel’s rare conversation will include current projects he’s developing with collaborators such as Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, playwright John Logan and his Piazza co-author Craig Lucas, as well as his past work.
      Mr. Guettel is the recipient of numerous awards including a Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005) and six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards for The Light in the Piazza.
      The Shaw Festival’s production of Mr. Guettel’s The Light in the Piazza is currently playing at the Court House Theatre until October 13. Directed by Jay Turvey, the musical features Patty Jamieson, Jacqueline Thair and Jeff Irving, with Juan Chioran, Kaylee Harwood, Julain Molnar and Kelly Wong.


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Photo credits:
  • Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Ruth Sherwood with members of the cast of Wonderful Town—Photo by Emily Cooper.
  • Devon Tullock as Buster Keaton, Kawa Ada as Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Kops in Mack and Mabel—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Tara Rosling as Joan in Saint Joan—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Douglas E. Hughes as Magistrate and Guy Bannerman as Bartley Fallon in The Kiltartan Comedies—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Ben Carlson as Leonard Charteris and Nicole Underhay as Julia Craven in The Philanderer—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Benedict Campbell as Inspector Goole and Moya O’Connell as Sheila Birling in An Inspector Calls—Photo by Emily Cooper.
  • Peter Hutt as Arthur Birling in An Inspector Calls—Photo by Emily Cooper.
  • Laurie Paton as Mrs Collins and David Schurmann as The Bishop in Getting Married—Photo by David Cooper.
  • Information and brochures can be obtained through the Shaw Festival Box Office or website:
  • By phone Toll free in US and Canada 1-800-511-7429
    • Local (905) 468-2172
    • International +01 905-468-2172
    • Fax (905) 468-3804
  • Online at
  • By mail:
    Shaw Festival
    Box 774
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0


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