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2017 Shaw Festival Calendar

Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."

"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsility of our future."

"Some men see things as they are and say 'why'; I dream things that never were and say 'why not'.

- George Bernard Shaw - (1856-1950)

Preview of shows in 2017

The Shaw Festival is one of the largest repertory companies in North America, and the only theatre in the world that specializes in plays written by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries (1856-1950) "plays about the beginning of the modern world."  The 2017 Season will feature eleven 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 appearing on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages:

The 2017 season will start on April 5 and end October 15

Ticket prices and Ticket availability

Shaw Festival Box Office
1-800-511-SHAW (7429)

Me and My Girl
Book and Lyrics by L.Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber
Book revised by Stephen Fry, with contributions by Mike Ockrent
Music by Noel Gay

This delightful comic romp from the thirties follows thefortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he's actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. But if he wants to claim his title, it looks as if he will have to shed his old life - and love.

Director: Ashlie Corcoran
Opens: April 5
Closes: October 15
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Saint Joan
By Bernard Shaw
Saint Joan is Bernard Shaw’s greatest play. At its centre is the most remarkable teenage girl in history. But who is she? The divinely-inspired saviour of France? A dangerously clever charlatan? Or a pathetically deluded country girl? It all depends on your point of view. Whatever she is, eventually Joan is bound to become an embarrassment to the male-dominated world she has turned upside-down. And then what?

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: May 3
Closes: October 15
Theatre: Festival Theatre

By Bram Stoker
Adapted for the stage by Liz Lochhead
Liz Lochhead’s stunning version of Bram Stoker’s Gothic thriller is all about repressed erotic hunger: in Victorian England, men are as terrifed of female desire as they are of blood-sucking vampires. Sexy, funny and scary, this is red-blooded theatre that will leave all your senses on fire.

Director: Eda Holmes
Opens: July 8
Closes: October 14
Theatre: Festival Theatre

1837: The Farmers' Revolt
Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille

A handful of immigrant farmers have been struggling for years to turn Upper Canada’s forests into farmland; now they are told that their land has been dished out to government cronies. With William Lyon Mackenzie as their leader, a band of desperate men and women march down Toronto’s Yonge Street.

First seen in 1973, this modern Canadian classic uses a vaudevillian combination of words and music to tell the story of an uprising that paved the way for nationhood.

Director: Philip Akin
Opens: May 7
Closes: October 8
Theatre: Court House Theatre

Androcles and the Lion
Bernard Shaw
In ancient Rome, a group of early Christians wait to be thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. Some are more eager to be martyrs than others; the Romans just think they are all crazy. Shaw takes the fable of the man who pulled the thorn from the lion’s paw as the starting point for one of his funniest plays. This revival will be a daring theatre experiment: everyone in the room, actors and audience, will have the chance to get involved. Ready to play?

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: June 6
Closes: October 7
Theatre: Court House Theatre

Wilde Tales
Four Oscar Wilde tales to delight your inner child.
Oscar Wilde’s genius never blazed more brightly than in The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Selfish Giant. In these tales, created to delight and inspire the child in each of us, he conjures a fantastical world in which statues, birds and even fireworks have the power of eloquent speech. And yet, in the end, his stories are about the most human things of all: kindness, loss, and love.

Calling all children! We want you not only to see Wilde Tales but to make it happen. Sign up in advance for the pre-show one-hour workshop with actors that helps create the magic on stage, and your whole family will see and hear your work. For ages 6 to 12. Workshop begins 60 minutes before each performance at the Court House Theatre. Space is very limited. $20

Director: Christine Brubaker
Opens: June 8
Closes: October 7
Theatre: Court House Theatre

The Madness of George III
By Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett’s most popular play is about the real men and women behind the icons we create. King George III may have been anointed by God, but when he starts to lose control of his speech and his bodily functions, it’s clear that he’s all too human. Part political comedy, part touching love story, where better to stage the greatest crisis of George III’s reign than in our very own Royal George Theatre?

For all performances of The Madness of George III, limited onstage seating available. Be part of the King’s court – no acting required but be prepared to be part of the show! Tickets at Blue pricing available by calling the Box Office. Buy now. Limited seats.

Director: Kevin Bennett
Opens: April 11
Closes: October 15
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
In the 1930s, five unforgettable women try to eke out an existence in Ireland, the land where no tears are without laughter, and no laughter is without tears. Each woman is filled with passionate longing; and yet they deal with it in their own, different ways – except when they are all equally possessed by the spirit of the dance, welling up from the buried, ancient powers of their native land.

Director: Krista Jackson
Opens: May 14
Closes: October 15
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

When Dion Boucicault wrote The Octoroon in 1859, it was considered a masterpiece. Its story of a plantation owner falling for a woman of mixed race was taken as a bold plea for racial tolerance; now, it just seems embarrassingly racist. So why has America’s hottest young black playwright decided to rescue such a play from obscurity? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ radical response compares attitudes to race then and now in the funniest and least comfortable theatre experience in years.

Director: Peter Hinton
Opens: July 16
Closes: October 14
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

By Will Eno
In the most average town in North America, a group of average people are living average lives of quiet desperation. And yet somehow, in the midst of all this isolation, the most basic human urge persists: the desire to matter to someone else. They may go about it in bizarre ways, but everyone in Middletown is looking for love.

Director: Meg Roe
Opens: July 13
Closes: September 10
Theatre: Maxwell Studio Theatre

By Michael Healey
One of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights takes on one of its least celebrated leaders. Joe Clark’s career as prime minister lasted barely longer than Michael Healey’s razor-sharp new comedy. 1979 is a touching portrait of a politician who really wants to serve his country. But if he won’t bend the rules to hold on to power, how can he achieve anything?

Director: Eric Coates
Opens: October 1
Closes: October 14
Theatre: Maxwell Studio Theatre

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