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Shaw Festival
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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 12 plays spread over 4 stages, the Shaw Festival is celebrating its 57th 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.

Performance Schedule

Apr 4 to Oct 13 – The Magician’s Nephew
May 3 to Oct 14 – Grand Hotel
May 24 to Jul 15 – Mythos – A trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men
Aug 1 to Oct 27 – The Hound of Baskervilles – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Apr 11 to Sep 1 – Stage Kiss
May 13 to Sep 9 – Of Marriage & Men
May 31 to Oct 6 – O’Flaherty V.C.
Jul 14 to Oct 13 – Oh What a Lovely War
Jun 7 to Sep 1 – Orchards (after Chekhov)
Jun 10 to Oct 6 – The Baroness and the Pig
Jul 22 to Oct 28 – Henry V
Nov 14 to Dec 23 - A Christmas Carol

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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2018 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

The Magicians Nephew at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Magicians Nephew

April 4 – October 13 | Festival Theatre

C.S. Lewis’ Narnia chronicles are well-loved by adults and children alike. The Magician’s Nephew, which is the prequel to this series, will ignite your imagination and take you away to a place where adventure and friendship are king and queen.


Official Site: The Magician’s Nephew
Grand Hotel at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Grand Hotel

May 3 – October 14 | Festival Theatre

Glamour, romance and passion define this celebrated performance where ten lives tango through an unforgettable evening that promises audience members laughter, shock and dazzling songs.


Official Site: Grand Hotel
Mythos – A Trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men. at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Mythos – A Trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men.

May 24 – July 15 | Festival Theatre

Don’t miss the world premiere of a performance that portrays history’s most amazing myths through the power of exceptional storytelling. These three plays, narrated by the impressive Stephen Fry, boast hilarious versions of the archetypal figures of men, gods and heroes who still pervade modern narratives.


Official Site: Mythos – A trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men.
The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

August 1 – October 27 | Festival Theatre

Everyone loves a good mystery, and playgoers looking for intrigue and excitement will not be disappointed during the Canadian premiere of this darkly fun whodunit performance. Watch the most famous detective of all time try to solve a murder without becoming the victim of endless plot twists.


Official Site: The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Stage Kiss at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Stage Kiss

April 11 – September 1 | Royal George Theatre

Imagine being forced to work with your ex. During this romantic comedy, you can see how that may unfold – from the safety of your seat. Laugh, cry and maybe scream alongside the play’s dynamic duo as they try to perform as lovers after a bitter breakup.


Official Site: Stage Kiss
Of Marriage & Men at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Of Marriage & Men

May 13 – September 9 | Royal George Theatre

This lively performance contains two great plays about the trials of marriage. See how the Shaw Festival combines How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny in this comedy double-bill that takes an honest and humorous look at marital bliss.


Official Site: Of Marriage & Men
O’Flaherty V.C. at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
O’Flaherty V.C.

May 31 – October 6 | Royal George Theatre

With the themes of nationalism and family feuds at its forefront, this one-act play packs a big (and honest) punch about relationships. Set during the war, watch how Dennis O’Flaherty manoeuvres his way as a British war hero with an Irish Nationalist mum.


Official Site: O’Flaherty V.C.
Oh What a Lovely War at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Oh What a Lovely War

July 14 – October 13 | Royal George Theatre

War can be ugly, but in this spirited musical, it’s also lovely, funny and emotional. Audiences will fall for the striking musical numbers and the vibrant cast during this WW1 performance.


Official Site: Oh What a Lovely War
The Orchard (After Chekhov) at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Orchard (After Chekhov)

June 7 – September 1 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

The Shaw Festival presents Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in a whole new setting during this world premiere performance. Set in British Columbia, The Orchard explores the Canadian immigrant experience with cultural sensitivity and beauty.


Official Site: The Orchard (After Chekhov)
The Baroness and the Pig at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Baroness and the Pig

June 10 – October 6 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Leave the kids at home for this one and get ready to be shocked (and to laugh) while watching a 19th-century baroness attempt to tame a wild girl she has taken on as her newest social apprentice.


Official Site: The Baroness and the Pig
Henry V at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Henry V

July 22 – October 28 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Shakespeare’s classic is transformed into a performance of Canadian soldiers and the treacherous setting they find themselves in during WW1. Follow the company as they explore themes of national pride and loyalty – and what it costs to maintain both.


Official Site: Henry V
A Christmas Carol (2018) at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
A Christmas Carol (2018)

November 14 – December 23 | Royal George Theatre

This Christmas classic is one families gather around year after year. During this 2018 rendition, you will fall for the Shaw Festival’s talented performers and beautiful settings, as you explore what should really matter during the season of giving.


Official Site: A Christmas Carol