BWW Review: ROPE  is Riveting at  the SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: ROPE is Riveting at the SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - Jun 28, 2019

The Shaw Festival has a great history of producing murder mysteries and this season we are lucky to have Patrick Hamilton's play 'ROPE.' Probably more well known as the 1948 Alfred Hitchcock movie starring Jimmy Stewart, ROPE had it's start in 1929 on the British stage. It's twist lies in the fact that it is not a 'whodunnit,' but a 'can they get away with it.' Hamilton's knack for mystery can also be seen in his other famous thriller, GASLIGHT. From start to finish, this production of ROPE is a riveting hit. (more...)

BWW Review: BRIGADOON at Shaw FestivalBWW Review: BRIGADOON at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - Jun 10, 2019

The mystical land of BRIGADOON has emerged once again at Niagara on the Lake's Shaw Festival, and the now rarely produced musical still brings with it a sense of hope wrapped around Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's hauntingly beautiful lyrics and score. And while re-engaging with this Golden Age of Broadway classic brings with it a sense of familiarity, injecting new life into the work written in 1947 presents some obstacles. (more...)

Scrooge Returns To Niagara-on-the-Lake In The Shaw Festival's A CHRISTMAS CAROLScrooge Returns To Niagara-on-the-Lake In The Shaw Festival's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

Heralding the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake's transformation into the ultimate Christmas village, the Shaw Festival's production Artistic Director Tim Carroll's adaptation of A Christmas Carol  hits the stage November 14 to December 23 at the Royal George Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - Jun 11, 2018

'People come, people go,' 'some have, some have not.' Simple lyrics that can expose a myriad of stories and wounds. Just what one would expect in a busy hotel. No one is ever quite sure what happens behind the closed doors of a grand hotel, but outward appearances are often just that, appearances that don't always belie the truth. Given those opportunities for musical intrigue, The Shaw Festival is producing an elegant production of GRAND HOTEL at their Festival Theatre for their 2018 Season. (more...)

Shaw Festival's 2018 Season Kicks Off With The Enchantment And Magic Of THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEWShaw Festival's 2018 Season Kicks Off With The Enchantment And Magic Of THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

All good epic adventures begin somewhere. A new adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew by Michael O'Brien makes its world premiere and opens the Shaw Festival's 2018 season. Under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll, the creative team and cast bring the story of Narnia's origins and its mythical multiverse to the Festival Theatre stage. (more...)

BWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVALBWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - Dec 4, 2017

Tailor Made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' Charles Dickens himself would most likely approve of the charming version of his classic story of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge and his influence over everyone in a quaint hometown. The Shaw Festival's Artistic Director Tim Carroll has programmed A CHRISTMAS CAROL in their intimate Royal George Theatre for the first time ever this holiday season and by all accounts it was a smashing success even before it opened--the show sold out all of it's near 6 weeks weeks before an audience set foot in the theatre-- and has already started selling tickets for the 2018 production. (more...)

Sold-out Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins This Week at Shaw FestivalSold-out Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins This Week at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2017

The Shaw Festival's inaugural production of A Christmas Carol starts its sold-out run Wednesday, November 15 at the Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (more...)

Sold-out Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins This Week at Shaw FestivalSold-out Production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL Begins This Week at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

The Shaw Festival's inaugural production of A Christmas Carol starts its sold-out run Wednesday, November 15 at the Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (more...)

Artistic Director Tim Carroll Announces Casting For The 2018 Shaw FestivalArtistic Director Tim Carroll Announces Casting For The 2018 Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Artistic Director Tim Carroll announces the Shaw Festival's 2018 ensemble. This season's 56 actors will take to the stage in 14 productions, plus numerous Secret Theatre experiences. (more...)

Michael Therriault Stars as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Shaw FestivalMichael Therriault Stars as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Christmas arrives in Niagara-on-the-Lake on November 15 with the first preview of Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol at the Royal George Theatre. (more...)

Shaw Festival to Stage Interactive ANDROCLES AND THE LION
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Under the direction of Artistic Director Tim Carroll, Bernard Shaw's charming retelling of the beloved Aesop fable Androcles and the Lion is an interactive spur-of-the-moment theatre experience. The fusing of audience engagement with music and song, along with Shaw's delightful text, creates a distinctly different performance every time. Previews of Androcles and the Lion begin June 6 at the Court House Theatre. (more...)

Musical Comedy ME AND MY GIRL to Launch Tim Carroll's First Shaw Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The delightful musical-comedy Me and My Girl launches Tim Carroll's first season as the Shaw Festival's artistic director. (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...)

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - Aug 1, 2016

From it's ominous sounding opening organ chords, Stephen Sondheim makes it clear that you are in for a macabre evening of theatre as his masterpiece SWEENEY TODD begins. What sounds almost too gruesome to be appropriate for a musical has over the years had audiences and critics alike arguing whether this is a musical comedy or opera. Since it's 1979 premiere it has been staged world wide by some of the most notable Opera companies in the world, from English National Opera to the Paris Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. An updated staging is happening this summer at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York with noted Wagnerian bass Greer Grimsley playing the title character. (more...)

Attend the Tale of SWEENEY TODD, Starring Benedict Campbell, at Shaw Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Jackie Maxwell concludes her 14-year tenure as the Shaw Festival's Artistic Director with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller, by legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. Previews of her production of this compelling musical thriller, with its unusual take on the notion of “eat or be eaten”, began its limited run July 17 – with additional matinees already added for October 18 and 19. (more...)

New Adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND Begins Previews Today at The Shaw's Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Director Peter Hinton's highly anticipated adaptation of Lewis Carroll's beloved tale Alice in Wonderland begins previews today at The Shaw's Festival Theatre. (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...)

Dunfield Theatre Cambridge Stages ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, Starring Danielle Wade, thru Nov 8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

The Dunfield Theatre Cambridge continues its 2015 Season with one of Canada's most popular and longest running musicals. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, the irresistible tale about life, love, and yes, ice cream, is on stage now through November 8th. (more...)

Rehearsals Underway for Huron Country Playhouse's ANNE OF GREEN GABLES with Danielle Wade
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Rehearsals begin today in Grand Bend for the most beloved musical in Canadian history. Audiences are in for a real treat as a cast of 24 professional performers and 20 local children prepare to hit the stage at the Huron Country Playhouse for the theatre's grand-scale production of Anne of Green Gables, running June 10th through June 27th. (more...)

Shaw Festival Extends GUYS AND DOLLS Through Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2013

Already shaping up to be one of the season's hottest tickets, Guys and Dolls will continue to captivate audiences for 15 extra performances at The Shaw's Festival Theatre. (more...)

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