Electric Company Theatre Presents the World Premiere of THE FULL LIGHT OF DAYElectric Company Theatre Presents the World Premiere of THE FULL LIGHT OF DAY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2018

Electric Company Theatre presents the world premiere of Daniel Brooks' groundbreaking new work, The Full Light of Day, directed by Kim Collier, from January 7-12, 2019 at the Vancouver Playhouse. (more...)

BWW Review: Powerhouse Performances Deliver a Riveting LEARBWW Review: Powerhouse Performances Deliver a Riveting LEAR
by Taylor Long - Jan 14, 2018

I'll start by saying that LEAR was one of the most powerful theatrical experiences I've ever had. Led by a cast of Shakespeare professionals, with vast Stratford Festival experience, Groundling Theatre's production is a polished, compelling piece of theatre. Dropping 'King' from the title, LEAR explores the play with a female in power - entrapping us with the familiarity of a female monarch. Every aspect of Graham Abbey's production, designed by Peter Hartwell, serves a contemporary emphasis, seducing a modern audience to deeply feel and deeply connect with the humanity that can often feel very distant in Shakespearean drama. (more...)

Groundling Theatre Company Returns To The Stage With LEAR; Tickets on Sale NowGroundling Theatre Company Returns To The Stage With LEAR; Tickets on Sale Now
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Graham Abbey, Groundling Theatre Company's founder and artistic director, today announced the theatre company's next production is William Shakespeare's LEAR, starring Seana McKenna in the title role. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - Jun 19, 2017

McCAMUS IS BRILLIANT AS KING GEORGE III Mental illness in the 18h Century, aka madness, was as in some respects as poorly understood and accepted then as it is today. Being a monarch would imply that the best care would be at your disposal, but when the malady is unknown, even King George III of England suffered with the illness and often moreso with the treatment. Alan Bennett's 1991 play THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III is being given a lavishly detailed production at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake. George may be best known as the monarch who lost control of the American colonies in 1776, but he was dealt a worse fate, suffering from Acute Intermittent Porphyria. This disease, which was uncharted at the time, caused periods of confusion, psychosis with unintelligible speech, horrible abdominal pain and itchiness. His production of a blue colored urine was the first medical sign that something was amiss with the King. (more...)

Artistic Director Tim Carroll to Make Shaw Festival Debut Helming SAINT JOAN
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

When the Shaw Festival's 2017 production of Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan begins previews on May 3 at the Festival Theatre, it marks two milestones for Artistic Director Tim Carroll - a Shaw Festival directorial debut and his first undertaking of a work by the Festival's namesake. His production joins the tradition of earlier presentations of Saint Joan by former artistic directors Christopher Newton and Jackie Maxwell in 1981 and 2007, respectively. (more...)

THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III to Bring Barmy Politics to Shaw Festival Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Equal parts political comedy and biographical drama, Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III explores the dangerous consequences when a king who loses control of his body, words and mind in the midst of his rule. The Madness of George III debuts at The Shaw's Royal George Theatre on April 11. (more...)

Shaw Festival's A.D. Tim Carroll Announces Casting for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Shaw Festival proudly announces casting for Artistic Director Tim Carroll's first season. The Shaw's 2017 ensemble is a mix of new faces and Festival favourites - each actor ready to entertain and excite audiences in this season's 11 productions. (more...)

Black Comedy THE DANCE OF DEATH Begins Previews Tomorrow at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

THE DANCE OF DEATH, August Strindberg's groundbreaking play in a new version by renowned Irish playwright Conor McPherson, begins previews on July 13 at the Shaw Festival's Studio Theatre. (more...)

Shaw Festival Extends ENGAGED and A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Both Engaged and A Woman of No Importance have been delighting preview audiences in advance of their openings this weekend. Having already extended both productions earlier this year, the Shaw Festival continues to respond to audience demand by adding another seven performances to the 2016 season. Also, a new block of tickets for the sell-out of the 2016 season The Dance of Death is now on sale. (more...)

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Begins This Weekend as Part of Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde's stylish comedy that exposes the cynicism and hypocrisy that underlies high "society", begins previews Sunday, May 29 at the Festival Theatre. This dangerous drama, directed by Eda Holmes, is the fourth major Wilde play to be presented under Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell's tenure - completing Wilde's brilliant, scalpel-like study of the world around him. (more...)

Shaw Festival Adds Performances to 2016 season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

"In her final year as Artistic Director, Jackie has programmed a season that showcases the diversity and strength of work created here at the Shaw Festival and our patrons have responded enthusiastically," said Tim Jennings, Executive Director of the Shaw Festival. "Based on the first month of sales, we've decided that we need to provide more opportunities to see some of the Festival's highlights." (more...)

Shaw Festival Announces Principal Casting for 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and the Shaw Festival announce principal casting and the creative teams for the 2016 playbill. The 2016 season features new and core ensemble members and beloved returning artists celebrating Ms. Maxwell's final season and 14-year tenure at The Shaw. (more...)

BWW Preview: 2015 SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - May 22, 2015

The 2015 Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario is shaping up to be a great mix of Shavian classics, an American musical, Canadian premieres and cutting edge modern day drama. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell will be leaving after the 2016 Season and is working hard to program an uniquely balanced season, while also hoping to fulfill all of her artistic desires before her tenure ends. The company mandate is: ' The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw's provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.' (more...)

Joe Cobden, Tamsin Kelsey & More to Star in Canadian Stage's THE OTHER PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Canadian Stage presents the Canadian premiere of The Other Place, a darkly comedic and emotional thriller by Sharr White, nominated for outstanding new off-Broadway play by the 2010-11 Outer Critics Circle Awards. (more...)

Julie Martell, Patrick McManus, Charlie Gallant, Fiona Reid and More Set for Shaw Festival's 2015 Season; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

The Shaw Festival today announced principal casting and creative team details for its 54th season. (more...)

LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN Begins Performances at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2013

Wilde's early play has the wit of his later comedies, but also probes the complexities and darker desires of the human heart. Lady Windermere (Marla McLean), a young woman recently married into the aristocracy, is preparing for her birthday party. Although deeply in love with her husband Lord Windermere (Martin Happer), she is troubled by his relationship with the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne (Tara Rosling) and vulnerable to the advances of the charismatic Lord Darlington (Gray Powell). Society's high veneer of elegance and propriety threatens to crack as secrets from the past are revealed - only to be quickly suppressed. (more...)


by Patrick Nugent - Nov 21, 2012

For the last decade, the Shaw Festival has been introducing contemporary theatre's most illustrious playwrights into the playbill alongside their classical forebears. Like Bernard Shaw himself, these writers delight in questioning assumptions, subverting expectations and creating compelling theatre that unites head and heart. The 2013 season goes even further with the inclusion of plays by Brian Friel, Tom Stoppard, John Murrell and Adam Guettel. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2012

Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, in a dazzling translation by writer/director Richard Eyre, begins previews tonight at the Shaw Festival's Court House Theatre. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2012

Three days of Shaw Festival summer openings start tonight at the Court House Theatre with Bernard Shaw's comedy The Millionairess. (more...)

TOPDOG UNDERDOG, CRASH, CAROLINE OR CHANGE and More Take Toronto's Top 2012 Dora Awards - All the Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 25, 2012

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)honors extraordinary talent in the Toronto performing arts community as they host the 33rd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards tonight, Monday, June 25, at the St. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theater. As with all awards, BroadwayWorld brings you full coverage of the ceremony. Keep checking back as the list of winners is updated below! And stay tuned in the next couple of days for special photo coverage! (more...)

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