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Shaw Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake

The Shaw Festival is a collection of theatre performances running from April to December in Niagara-on-the-lake. With 13 plays spread over 3 stages, the Shaw Festival is celebrating its 58th season with the festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll. Originally inspired by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, the Festival now includes a diverse production of plays from the past and present, brought to life by a talented and celebrated cast and production crew.

Plan Your Visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Vintage Hotels has four luxurious properties to choose from when you book your stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy the festival and explore the town. Minutes away from Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, all our hotel properties are surrounded by great restaurants and entertainment, including being within walking distance or offering shuttle services to all the theatres hosting the Shaw Festival performances.

See the 2019 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

Performance Schedule

Apr 6 - Jul 21 – The Horse and His Boy
May 5 - Oct 13 – Brigadoon
Jun 11 - Oct 12 – The Ladykillers
Aug 17 - Oct 5 – Man and Superman
Apr 12 - Oct 12 – Rope
May 10 - Oct 13 – Getting Married
Jun 8 - Oct 12 – The Russian Play
Jul 27 - Oct 20 – Cyrano de Bergerac
May 22 - Oct 12 – The Glass Menagerie
Jun 21 - Oct 13 – SEX
Jul 14 - Oct 12 – Victory
TBA - Secret Theatre
Nov 13 - Dec 22 – A Christmas Carol
Nov 16 - Dec 22 – Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Prince of Wales

Surround yourself in luxury during your Shaw Festival experience. This lavish property is centrally located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake. The Prince of Wales combines exquisite décor with award-wining amenities that offer you’re a taste of Niagara Royalty. Each of our rooms has a one-of-a-kind elegance; from the detailed ceilings to the unique furnishings.

The Prince of Wales will transform your Shaw Festival getaway into an unforgettable escape.

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Queen's Landing

Revel in refined elegance overlooking the Niagara River at Queen’s Landing. This hotel combines neo-classical style with contemporary amenities that will delight guests with a taste for sophistication. Our 140 guest rooms have a clean, neutral décor that is complemented by our staff’s extraordinary dedication to service.

Our waterfront manor will take your breath away, while you experience the decadence that will define your Shaw Festival getaway to Niagara on the Lake.

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Pillar and Post

Experience all that the Shaw Festival has to offer with the relaxed, upscale accommodations at the Pillar & Post in Niagara on the Lake. As Ontario’s only 5 Star country inn, Pillar & Post offers comfortable, contemporary guestrooms and award-wining amenities.

With Niagara-on-the-Lake’s only outdoor pool, award-wining 100 Fountain Spa, and the Cannery restaurant, Pillar & Post provides everything you need for a relaxing Shaw Festival getaway that you will be sure to remember.

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The Moffat Inn

Welcome to the warmth and country charm of the Moffat Inn. Located in the centre of Old Town, the Moffat Inn has all the quintessential elements to make your Shaw Festival getaway a relaxing and memorable.

Experience our exceptional service in your clean, cozy, cottage chic accommodations, that are walking distance to the Shaw Festival theatres.

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2019 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

The Horse and His Boy at SHAW Festival 2019
The Horse and His Boy

April 6 - July 21, 2019

FESTIVAL THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Don’t miss this world premiere production that will take you back to the magical times of Narnia, as lost children navigate insurmountable obstacles within The Horse and His Boy. Can these unlikely heroes rescue Narnia and all its wonder? Sit tight and let your mind wonder to extraordinary places – because everyone needs a little magic now and then.

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Brigadoon at SHAW Festival 2019

May 5 - October 13, 2019

FESTIVAL THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

How can you find love when the person you’re supposed to be with isn’t even locatable on a map? See how much distance love can help two clandestine lovers overcome in this beautiful production about Tommy and Fiona’s otherworldly romance. As this young couple falls for one another, you’ll find yourself falling for classic songs that bring back heartwarming sentiments from another time.

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The Lady Killers at SHAW Festival 2019
The Ladykillers

June 11 - October 12, 2019

FESTIVAL THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Just because the poster is pink doesn’t mean this character-driven comedy doesn’t pack a punch. Watch as five clumsy criminals attempt to commit a murder with comedic repercussions. Set in post-World War II London, you’ll struggle not to laugh as “hardened criminals” try to take circumstances into their incapable hands - just to make it rich quick.

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Man and Superman at SHAW Festival 2019
Man and Superman

August 17 - October 5, 2019

FESTIVAL THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Experience one of Bernard Shaw’s best works as you engage with John Tanner’s escape from marital bliss. Normally, directors neglect the sizzling third act of this production, and Don Juan in Hell is discharged from the play. But the Shaw Festival has decided to brave the act and is including a luncheon intermission to bring this immersive theatrical experience full circle.

Eat, drink and indulge in malevolence during this life-affirming comedy that will leave you with an unshakeable smirk.

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Rope at SHAW Festival 2019

April 12 - October 12, 2019

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE – 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

What’s more fun and twisted than a party held in honour of the person you just mercilessly murdered? You’re invited to a celebration where human remains are the centrepiece of this sadistic soiree. You know you’re in for a spine-tingling time when the master of horror himself, Alfred Hitchcook, adapted the script for the silver screen. So, get ready for a celebratory guestlist that you’ll certainly “commit” to memory.

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Getting Married at SHAW Festival 2019
Getting Married

May 10 - October 13, 2019

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE – 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Let them not eat cake: Edith and Cecil were supposed to tie the knot, but they decided against it, on the eve of their nuptials, because of a devious document that warned them against the I don’ts of holy matrimony.

See what happens when family members disagree on where to go from nowhere and how this Bernard Shaw comedy forces questions upon audience members who don’t turn away from timeless questions about happiness and marriage.

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The Russian Play at SHAW Festival 2019
The Russian Play

June 8 - October 12, 2019

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE – 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Good things grow in…cemeteries?

Welcome to Stalinist Russia where you don’t exactly expect a romance to blossom between a flower girl and gravedigger. But in this production, by award-winning Canadian playwright, Hannah Moscovitch, they do. So, laugh and be rendered aghast by a surprisingly romantic Russian play about falling in love under unusual circumstance.

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Cyrano de Bergerac at SHAW Festival 2019
Cyrano de Bergerac

July 27 - October 20, 2019

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE – 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

It’s sad to think someone’s beautiful heart can be eclipsed by their outward appearance, but in this 17th century romance, Cyrano de Bergerac believes that is the case. So, when a handsome young man asks the poetic soul to commit forgery, he does so willingly in the name of love.

But, will the beauty fall for the brain or the brawn – or will she be able to forgive either for their betrayal? You’ll have to wait to find out, for this great adventure, which all begins just beneath a window.

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The Glass Menagerie at SHAW Festival 2019
The Glass Menagerie

May 22 - October 12, 2019

JACKIE MAXWELL STUDIO THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Travel to the Midwest to join internationally-celebrated artist, Tennessee Williams, on an autobiographical adventure of his emotive upbringing. Learn the cost of dreams and the cruel realities that sometimes threaten to render them unreachable. Prepare to tap into delicious dialogues about desire and fulfillment during this admirable re-enactment of one of the greatest American plays ever presented.

The Glass Menagerie
SEX at SHAW Festival 2019

June 21 - October 13, 2019

JACKIE MAXWELL STUDIO THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

This play is the imaginative love child of Mae West who created the role of Margy LaMont for herself. Margy is a fiery prostitute who needs to know there is more to life, in Roaring Twenties Montreal, and thinks she may have found it with a successful new catch. Hold your breath as Margy tries to hold her tongue in this complicated, but comedic romance.

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Victory at SHAW Festival 2019

July 14 - October 12, 2019

JACKIE MAXWELL STUDIO THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Charles II has just been restored to the throne of England, but all is not well for Mrs. Bradshaw, a 17th century widow whose only real desire is to give her husband a proper burial. Unfortunately for her, even the most basic human rights are not always allowed for in the repugnant social stratosphere she finds herself trying to operate within.

Be prepared to be offended, if you dare to immerse your imagination into this cruel work of art.

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A Christmas Carol (2018) at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
A Christmas Carol

November 13 - December 22, 2019

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE – 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

No explanation needed – except that the Shaw Festival is, even after all these years, somehow still able to recreate this classic tale in such a way as to truly touch audiences’ hearts. Kick off the holidays with lessons that we all need reminding of now and then, as you chase Charles Dickens through a heart-felt series of season-inspired lessons.

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Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at SHAW Festival 2019
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

November 16 - December 22, 2019

FESTIVAL THEATRE – 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Just in time for the jolliest celebration of the season, join Jim and Linda – two entertainment fanatics who thought they left their love of the stage somewhere in the distance – as they relearn their passion for song and dance.

Warm up alongside some of the best-loved Irving Berlin songs, performed by many of Shaw’s most talented musicians, and spend this special holiday time with the person you most want to meet under the mistletoe!

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