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2019 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 2019

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 2019 season will start in April and end October

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The Horse and His Boy
Written by C.S. Lewis
Adapted by Anna Chatterton
Original music and sound designed by Deanna H. Choi

WORLD PREMIERE. Whisk your family off to Narnia in this mesmerizing story about four runaways — a boy, a girl and their horses — who find themselves called upon to rescue Narnia. With wild adventure and daring escapes, it’s quite unmissable for fans of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Magician’s Nephew, and the perfect introduction for anyone new to the magical stories of C.S. Lewis. To complete an unforgettable experience, a pre-show workshop lets your family make the magic that happens on stage.

Director: Christine Brubaker
Opens: April 10
Closes: June 26
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
What would you give up for love? Stumbling upon a magical village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every century, Tommy, a modern boy, meets Fiona, a girl from the past. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon, or return to the world he knows and never see her again? This feast of song and dance from Lerner and Loewe (the team behind My Fair Lady) has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. Classic songs like “Almost like being in love” and “I’ll go home with Bonnie Jean” will stay with you forever.

Director: Glynis Leyshon
Opens: May 5
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Festival Theatre

The Ladykillers
By Graham Linehan
From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose
Is it really so hard to kill one little old lady? Based on one of the best-loved British films of all time (featuring Alec Guinness), this comedy tour-de-force is set in post-World War II London where five oddball crooks pose as an amateur string quintet in order to rent a room from a little old lady. It is supposed to be the nerve centre for their greatest ever heist, but things soon start to get complicated. Even then, these hardened criminals only need to commit one easy murder to get clean away with the loot. But are they up to it? After taking the West End by storm, this deliciously macabre comedy now has its North American premiere.

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: June 11
Closes: October 12
Theatre: Festival Theatre

Man and Superman
By Bernard Shaw

John Tanner doesn’t want to get married, least of all to Ann Whitefield. No one can force him. So why is he so scared? Bernard Shaw’s joyous, life-affirming comedy is widely considered his masterpiece. It is often done without its dazzling third act, Don Juan in Hell, but not this time: come for a full day of thrilling theatre, with a luncheon interlude featuring farm-to-table dishes from Niagara’s finest chefs, paired with our best regional wines.

There will only be 17 performances of this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event, so book early.

Director: Kimberley Rampersad
Opens: August 17
Closes: October 5
Theatre: Festival Theatre

By Patrick Hamilton
Murder comes home to the Royal George. Two college students in 1920s London commit murder and host a party for the victim’s friends with his hidden body as the centerpiece … just to see if they can pull it off. Masterfully written, this gripping psychological thriller — directed for the silver screen by Alfred Hitchcock — will have you on the edge of your seat. Can they hold their nerve? Can you?

Director: Jani Lauzon
Opens: April 12
Closes: October 12
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Of Getting Married
By Bernard Shaw
Edith and Cecil were supposed to tie the knot. But a pamphlet has arrived warning them of the dangers of getting married. So now they’ve called it off, sending their entire family into a frenzied, fireworks-filled debate about marriage, society’s best-loved institution: is it, in fact, anything more than a con? This timeless comedy shows Bernard Shaw at his best, willing to ask the questions that, even now, we would rather ignore – while still making us laugh our socks off.

Director: Tanja Jacobs
Opens: May 10
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

The Russian Play
By Hannah Moscovitch

A small-town flower girl falls for a gravedigger in Stalinist Russia. What can go wrong? Well, it’s a Russian play, so: everything. Written by award-winning Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, this edgy, wildly original homage to the plays of the great Russian playwrights will first make you laugh, and then take your breath away.

Lunchtime One-Act play with Mature Content

Director: Diana Donnelly
Opens: May 10
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Cyrano de Bergerac
By Edmond Rostand
Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckling 17th century swordsman who can do anything … except tell Roxane, the woman he loves, how he feels. He’s just too self-conscious about his unusually large nose. Roxane is in love with words, so when Cyrano is offered the chance to ghostwrite love letters to her from an inarticulate, love-struck cadet, he takes it — but can he ever reveal himself? A breathtaking tale about the exquisite torture of loving from afar, for anyone who has ever stood beneath a window.

Director: Chris Abraham
Opens: July 27
Closes: October 20
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams

In his autobiographical masterpiece, Tennessee Williams recalls growing up in the Depression-era Midwest with his shy sister and their overbearing mother. A gentleman caller seems to offer the chance of a new life – perhaps for all of them. But can we ever truly escape the life we have been given? And what would it cost? This quiet hurricane of desire and longing is widely considered one of the greatest American plays of all time.

Director: László Bérczes
Opens: May 22
Closes: October 12
Theatre: Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

By Mae West
Mae West created for herself the role of Margy LaMont, a quick-witted, sharp-tongued prostitute in Roaring Twenties Montreal who is looking for a better life. When she meets a rich and ardent young lover, she seems to have hit the jackpot. The trouble is, he doesn’t know the truth about her. Can she keep her secret? Should she? Funny and frank, this comedy drama got its author locked up for “corrupting the morals of youth.”

Director: Peter Hinton
Opens: June 21
Closes: October 13
Theatre: Jacie Maxwell Studio Theatre

By Howard Barker

Brutal and brilliant, this controversial play by Howard Barker is set in the aftermath of Charles II’s Restoration on the throne of England. The central character is Mrs Bradshaw, a 17th century widow fighting to give her puritan husband a proper burial — but to achieve this, she must take on a world where base instincts are rampant and language is wielded as a weapon. How much of her own human dignity is she willing to risk? Powerful and challenging, this play may enrage you, but it won’t leave you.

WARNING: Victory is deliberately offensive. The playwright brilliantly explores the use of language as a weapon. It is not for the squeamish and contains very strong language.

Director: Tim Carroll
Opens: July 14
Closes: October 12
Theatre: Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

A Christmas Carol (2019)
Book by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is back! Nestled in the heart of the ultimate Christmas village, the charming holiday favourite A Christmas Carol returns to the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. It’s the perfect annual reminder of what Christmas is all about. Arrive feeling “Bah, humbug!” and leave full of warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit.

Buy both Holiday Season shows and save 20%!

Director: Molly Atkinson
Opens: November 13
Closes: December 22
Theatre: Royal George Theatre

Holiday Inn
Based on the Film from Universal Pictures
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge

The cherished holiday classic is coming to The Shaw stage just in time for Christmas! Jim quits showbiz and the bright lights of New York City for a quiet Connecticut farmhouse. There, he meets Linda – a tap-dancing schoolteacher who has never forgotten her stage dreams – and together they turn the profit-losing farmhouse into a spectacular inn, open only on holidays. Some of the greatest Irving Berlin songs – including “Cheek to Cheek,” “Easter Parade” and “White Christmas” – are brought to the stage with glorious singing and dancing. This fun-loving, tap-dancing, rib-tickling romantic comedy will kick-start your holiday season.

Buy both Holiday Season shows and save 20%!

Director: Kate Hennig
Opens: November 16
Closes: December 22
Theatre: Festival Theatre

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