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2018 Shaw Festival Calendar

Quotes by George Bernard Shaw

"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

"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 2018

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 2018 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 2018 season will start on April 5 and end October 28

Ticket prices and Ticket availability

Shaw Festival Box Office
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The Magician's Nephew
Book by C.S. Lewis
Adapted for the stage by Michael O’Brien
Music and sound designed by Claudio Vena

WORLD PREMIERE! Take a magical, spectacular plunge into Narnia … at its very beginning. Young Digory and his friend Polly stumble on a way to explore other worlds — but accidentally unleash a malevolent queen who could destroy every world. Packed with visual thrills and wonders, this adventure is a profound story of what it means to do the right thing. Inspiring for all ages.

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: April 4
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Grand Hotel
Book by Luther Davis
Based on Vicki Baum’s Grand Hotel
Check into the lavish Grand Hotel, where the lives of ten hotel guests collide over one unforgettable night. Love. Betrayal. Jealousy. Murder. And the glamour of Berlin in the Roaring Twenties. Soaring with songs and dance, it’s the mesmerizing musical about what happens when our deepest, most desperate passions are unleashed. Winner of five Tony Awards.

Director: Eda Holmes
Opens: May 3
Closes: October 14
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Mythos
A Trilogy: Gods, Heroes, Men

Written by and starring Stephen Fry
WORLD PREMIERE! The world’s most hilarious storyteller shares the world’s most fascinating myths. In this trilogy of plays (try to see them all!), Stephen Fry takes to The Shaw stage with gripping tales of the Greek gods, heroes and men who still echo today. Laugh-out-loud funny, mind-blowing and often personal, Mythos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the icon himself.

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: May 24
Closes: July 15
Theatre: Festival Theatre

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted by R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette

CANADIAN PREMIERE! It’s the return of the murder mystery to The Shaw. Sir Baskerville has been scared to death — literally. Now deductive genius Sherlock Holmes is on the case to find the murderer … with twist after twist to keep you guessing. Darkly fun, deliciously sly, and just the right amount of suspense: this is a whodunit you won’t want to miss..

Director: Craig Hall
Opens: August 1
Closes: October 27
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Stage Kiss
By Sarah Ruhl
Two bitter exes are cast in the same play as passionate lovers. Will they strangle each other? Or seduce each other? And how can we tell if it’s real or make-believe? Heartfelt and hilarious, this modern romantic comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist playwright Sarah Ruhl will take you behind the curtain on a whole new level.

Director: Anita Rochon
Opens: April 11
Closes: September 1
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Of Marriage and Men
By Bernard Shaw
Two of the best short plays about marriage in a single show! In How He Lied to Her Husband, find out what a man will do for the lady he loves — and how unexpected the consequences can be. In The Man of Destiny, Napoleon must defend his wife’s honour … but can he? This comedy double-bill about the hitches of being hitched crackles with humour and honesty.

Director: Philip Akin
Opens: May 13
Closes: September 2
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

O'Flaherty V.C.
By Bernard Shaw
LUNCHTIME ONE-ACT. Young Dennis O’Flaherty has been sent back from the front to recruit more Irishmen to the war. The only problem? He neglected to tell his Irish Nationalist mother he’s fighting for the English. Packed with family feuding and witty repartee, this Bernard Shaw one-act skewers every illusion about why we fight.

Director: Kimberley Rampersad
Opens: May 31
Closes: October 6
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Oh What a Lovely War
Book by Joan Littlewood, Theatre Workshop and Charles Chilton
This provocative WWI musical is known to make audiences laugh, cry and clench their fists — all within a single number. This fiercely funny, piercing musical will make you see war in a new light. Follow a band of singing, dancing Canadian soldiers into the Great War and rediscover the spirit behind “lest we forget”.

Director: Peter Hinton
Opens: July 14
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

The Orchard (After Chekhov)
By Sarena Parmar

WORLD PREMIERE! It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard — transformed into the tale of a Punjabi-Sikh family fighting to hold onto their Okanagan Valley orchard. Based on Sarena Parmar’s own childhood in British Columbia, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss and the Canadian immigrant experience with both bravery and beauty.

Director: Ravi Jain
Opens: June 7
Closes: September 1
Theatre: Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

The Baroness and the Pig
By Michael Mackenzie
An idealistic 19th century baroness has found her next maid — a feral girl who can barely speak, let alone keep house. Now it’s just a matter of socializing her… right? Part Pygmalion, part wildly original buddy comedy, this heartwarming Canadian play cuts to the core of what it means to be “civilized” — and to be human. MATURE CONTENT

Director: Selma Dimitrijevic
Opens: June 10
Closes: October 6
Theatre: Jacie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Henry V
By William Shakespeare
A troop of Canadian soldiers is hunkered down in a dugout during WWI with some copies of Shakespeare’s Henry V for company. As they enter the death-haunted, morally ambiguous world of the play, the play enters theirs. This imaginative spin on Shakespeare is a powerful exploration of what it means — and costs — to fight for king and country.

Co-directed by Tim Carroll and Kevin Bennett
Opens: July 22
Closes: October 28
Theatre: Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

A Christmas Carol
Book by Charles Dickens
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old miser. But when three ghosts decide to swoop in overnight, he gets the wake-up call of a lifetime. This charming Christmas classic by Charles Dickens has one of life’s most inspiring questions at its heart: what — and who — will really matter in the end? See it brought to life in the historic Royal George Theatre by the Shaw Festival’s world-class Ensemble. Plus, enjoy a Victorian winter wonderland in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fun for everyone (even Scrooge).

Adapted for the stage by Tim Carroll, Director Tim Carroll
Opens: November 15
Closes: December 23
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

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