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  steve  2012-04-30 10:27   Countdown to Shaw Festival’s 2014 season begins this week

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (February 11, 2014) — The return of Ensemble members from across Canada to Niagara-on-the-Lake begins the countdown to a new Shaw Festival season. This week, rehearsals begin for the Masteroff/Kander/Ebb musical Cabaret; next week actors head to the rehearsal hall for Bernard Shaw’s Arms and The Man; and on March 3, rehearsals start for St. John Hankin’s The Charity that Began at Home. Preview performances of these shows begin in April.

The continued return of Ensemble members over the next few weeks also coincides with the start of rehearsals for When We Are Married and The Philadelphia Story, which preview in May.

Tickets are now on sale for the Festival’s 2014 season of 10 plays, which begins on April 4. The season officially opens at the Royal George Theatre on May 9 with the Morris Panych-directed Arms and The Man.

For those who would like to go beyond the stage, auxiliary events like the popular Play Reading Series and the Speakers Series return. This season’s Speaker Series will feature Commemorating the Outbreak of World War I, a special weekend event with writer, actor and director Paul Gross and acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW (7429).
  steve  2009-10-07 13:40   The Shaw Festival Announces 2010 Season

Bernard Shaw once wrote: “When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.” Reflecting on this quote, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell acknowledged; “From the wit of Wilde, the gentle comedy of Chekhov to the barbed banter of Shaw and the cutting satire of Churchill, the Shaw Festival’s 2010 Season is infused with many facets of humour. These brilliant playwrights’ ability to subvert and challenge, while making us laugh, enables us to hold a mirror up to the human condition and reveal its true reflection.” The Shaw Festival’s 2010 Season resonates with the wit, social commentary and relevance for which Bernard Shaw himself was well known.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 26, 2009 . . . Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell officially announced the Shaw Festival’s 2010 Season playbill today. The 2010 Season includes ten productions, two of which are by the Festival’s namesake, presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages: the Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, the Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre.

At the Festival Theatre, Morris Panych directs Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma. This clever skewering of the medical establishment regarding the allocation of scarce medical resources and the perpetual debate as to whether society needs Science more than Art continues to have timely relevance. At the Court House Theatre, Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton directs John Bull’s Other Island; Shaw’s unromantic look at the romance of Ireland and of the cultural misunderstandings and misconceptions that still thrive to this day between the English and the Irish.

The game of backroom politics, the notion of the “good” politician and his supportive wife take centre stage at the Festival Theatre when Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs Oscar Wilde’s glittering intrigue, An Ideal Husband. Also at the Festival Theatre, Alisa Palmer directs The Women, Clare Boothe Luce's seductively sardonic peek into the inner sanctum of the fairer sex.

In addition to Bernard Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island, the Court House Theatre hosts Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Canadian playwright Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal. The gently comic Chekhovian tale of an eccentric family’s half-hearted attempt to preserve their long-established way of life in the face of inevitable progress is given a new twist when Ireland’s Jason Byrne directs Tom Murphy’s adaptation. Ms. Maxwell directs Linda Griffiths’ sensual story of female liberation set in a secretarial school at the turn of the last century.

On the Royal George Theatre stage, Joseph Ziegler returns to direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey by Mary Chase. The Shaw reinvigorates this classic story that dares ask: what truly is a “perfectly normal human being”? One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash and S.J. Perelman, this season’s musical selection, will also be presented at the Royal George Theatre. The Shaw’s Associate Director Eda Holmes directs this absurd Manhattan caper that swayed New Yorker and Marx Brothers writer S.J. Perelman to combine his humorist writing talents with the brilliant lyrical wordplay of Ogden Nash and the stunning symphonic compositions of Kurt Weill. The production features such memorable Weill tunes as Speak Low, That's Him, The Trouble with Women, Foolish Heart and I'm a Stranger Here Myself.

Can a life change in half an hour? This season’s lunchtime aims to answer this question in real time. J.M. Barrie’s shocking one-act play Half an Hour will be presented at the Royal George Theatre. Gina Wilkinson, who made her Festival directorial debut with the 2009 runaway hit Born Yesterday, returns to direct.

Continuing its ongoing look at contemporary Shavians, The Shaw presents Serious Money by Caryl Churchill in the Studio Theatre. Directed by Eda Holmes, this provocative no-holds barred satire is vintage Churchill exposing the lawless landscape of the 1980’s stock exchange through the fusion of verse, music and the lingo and raunchy humour of the rising young traders and corporate raiders.

In the spirit of George Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of actors, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.
  steve  2009-09-20 04:28   Lakewinds has many guests who come to Niagara-on-the-Lake primarily for the Shaw Festival. As hosts, we like to be able to discuss the performances with our guests and we love theatre, so we go to most if not all the productions. So the rating below for each play is a combination of our sentiments and that of our guests. Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being perfect.

Brief Encounters 7

Born Yesterday 9.5

Devil's Disciple 8.5

Ways of the Heart 8

Moon for the Misbegotten 8

Albertine in Five Times 4

Play, Orchestra, Play 6.5

Sunday in the Park with George 6.5

In Good Old King Charles Golden Days 5

Star Chamber 8

The Entertainer 9

  steve  2008-09-23 06:27  
The Idea
Shaw … Coward … Osborne? The ideas of these playwrights rocked society far beyond the confines of the theatre world. The Shaw Festival’s 2009 season celebrates the brilliance of the work of these writers and opens up a new corner of its mandate to show the continuum of provocative theatre The Shaw is renowned for producing. In announcing the 2009 Season today, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell said, “We’re thrilled to be embarking on our 2009 adventure. Two exciting events will be highlights of the season: a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of one of Bernard Shaw’s most famous contemporaries, fellow provocateur Noel Coward, and a new initiative in a new space with a new writer for The Shaw. We’ll do that – and we’ll present an additional six remarkable plays, while continuing our exploration of contemporary Shavian writers in our reading series. The choices made this season play to the strengths of our multi-faceted and extraordinary Company and are made in concert with our ongoing emphasis on nurturing the careers of emerging theatre artists and developing new work for our stages. Welcome aboard, and enjoy the ride.”

The Reality
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 23, 2008 . . . Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell officially announced the Shaw Festival’s 2009 season today. In 2009 The Shaw takes on a monumental and historic project with full productions of each play in Noel Coward’s famous Tonight at 8:30 collection. The Shaw’s 2009 productions represent the first time all ten short plays have been performed in repertory by a professional company since they were first produced by London’s Phoenix Theatre in 1935-36. The plays will be performed in sets of three, one on each of the Festival’s Niagara-on-the-Lake stages, with the tenth, the rarely produced Star Chamber, being the lunchtime production in the Royal George. And to celebrate this idea for the event that it is, on two separate occasions, we will present all ten in one day – an event we are appropriately naming “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”.

Ms. Maxwell said of the collection: “As the idea of doing all of Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 came to me, and as I reread the plays, I was struck that each one is a brilliant jewel – like the best short stories – some well known, some not. As is typical of Coward – who was always pushing the envelope in both form and content – the ten plays vary hugely. There are out-and-out comedies, heart-wrenching dramas, fantasy musicals and historical tales. Coward is a brilliant miniaturist, a master storyteller, and any group of these plays, seen together, is a truly satisfying evening at the theatre. The experience of seeing them in one fell swoop, for those who are game, will be thrilling indeed.”

English actor, playwright and composer Noel Coward (1899-1973) is renowned for his full-length plays The Vortex, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue, Bitter Sweet, Cavalcade, Private Lives and Design for Living, most of which have been produced by The Shaw. His ambitious Tonight at 8:30 cycle, which he wrote and starred in with his frequent stage partner Gertrude Lawrence, was originally written to be performed in combinations of three plays for a different playbill each night.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell will direct the first set of plays, in the Festival Theatre. Titled Brief Encounters, this includes Still Life, We Were Dancing and Hands Across the Sea. The Royal George set, directed by Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton, titled Play, Orchestra, Play, will include Red Peppers, Fumed Oak and Shadow Play. The Court House group, director to be announced, titled Ways of the Heart, will include Ways and Means, Family Album and The Astonished Heart. Kate Lynch will direct the lunchtime Star Chamber. Music plays a huge role throughout Tonight at 8:30 and The Shaw’s Music Director Paul Sportelli will be Music Director for the whole project.

John Osborne (1929-1994), playwright, activist and the original inspiration for the phrase “angry young man”, revolutionized English theatre in 1956 with his play Look Back in Anger. An outspoken critic of The Establishment and the monarchy, as well as English theatre, Osborne combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit. In 2009 The Shaw will produce a limited run of Osborne’s 1957 play The Entertainer, directed by Jackie Maxwell in the Festival Theatre Rehearsal Studio. The Entertainer, a boldly theatrical piece combining drama and vaudeville that Osborne wrote for Laurence Olivier, uses the metaphor of the dying music hall tradition to comment on the vicissitudes of post-war life in 1950s England. The production of both Tonight at 8:30 and The Entertainer in the 2009 season will create a vivid juxtaposition between Osborne’s angry existential soul search and the polished work of Coward, while also revealing the deep connection between the two.

The 2009 playbill includes six additional full productions. The Shaw’s celebration of Coward’s witty and subversive world sits perfectly beside the work of house wit and subversive, Bernard Shaw. Bernard Shaw’s exhilarating The Devil’s Disciple, last produced at The Shaw in 1996, is directed in 2009 by renowned Polish director Tadeusz Bradecki, and presented in the Festival Theatre. The upcoming American election and the ensuing new administration will provide a fascinating backdrop to Shaw’s drama of the struggles between England and her American colonies in the late 1700s. In the Royal George, Shaw’s hilarious satire of philosophy, playwriting and acting, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, will be directed by Eda Holmes.

Garson Kanin’s classic comedy Born Yesterday, directed by Gina Wilkinson, will share the Festival Theatre stage. An enduring story of a corrupt tycoon and his not-so-dumb blonde girlfriend, the play was a huge hit on Broadway in 1946 with Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn. Denouncing bribery, corruption and greedy corporate interests, this highly entertaining play could well have been written yesterday.

The Court House Theatre season also includes Eugene O’Neill’s romantic drama A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Joseph Ziegler, who deftly handled O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness for The Shaw in 2004. Continuing to programme Canadian classics, Michel Tremblay’s phenomenal Albertine in Five Times, in a new translation by Linda Gaboriau and directed by Micheline Chevrier, will complete the Court House season. The play, which provides a wonderful challenge for six female actors, is a brilliant deconstruction of the life of Albertine, a complex, troubled woman who appears in many of Tremblay’s plays and is one of theatre’s most mercurial characters.

Building on the success of the 2008 season’s A Little Night Music and Follies: In Concert, The Shaw continues to explore the work of Stephen Sondheim with a production of Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Alisa Palmer, which explores the eternal conflict between life and art through the story of the French Impressionist painter Georges Seurat. The piece is a perfect fit with the intimate jewel-box setting of the Royal George Theatre.

The Shaw Festival’s popular reading series of contemporary Shavian writers continues to be an integral component of each season and an important area of growth for the Company. For the reading series, Jackie Maxwell and director Eda Holmes choose full-length plays that represent contemporary writing at its best – witty and compelling, with a distinct modern-day perspective. Like Shaw’s, the work of these writers centres on the critical examination of the times and communities in which they live. The 2009 Reading Series focuses on diverse female playwrights with a political voice. It includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Topdog/Underdog, a bitingly funny, hard-hitting examination of poverty in America by African-American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and further titles to be announced.

The reading series is often informed by The Shaw’s play development work. As part of the 2009 reading series The Shaw also presents a new musical based on the brief life of Maria Severa Onofriana, a famous Portuguese fado singer who achieved near-mythical status after her death. Maria Severa is written by Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli and Ensemble member Jay Turvey, whose musical Tristan received its world premiere at The Shaw in 2007.

The Shaw’s play development programme is actively engaged with writers, providing dramaturgical support, playwright-in-residence opportunities and workshops with actors, often working towards producing new work for The Shaw’s stages. In addition to Maria Severa, other projects in development include an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost by Robin Patterson, Artistic Director of St. Catharines’ Theatre Beyond Words; Kaj Munk by Dave Carley, The Shaw’s 2008 playwright-in-residence; an adaptation, by Associate Director Neil Munro, of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder; and an exciting new project with Cahoots Theatre Projects exploring and developing work from Asia and China of the mandate period.

For theatregoers who like to dig a little deeper into the world of plays, playwrights, theatre artists, and the world backstage, the 2009 season is complemented by Shaw Enriched, an extensive offering of seminars, workshops and other entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes experiences.

Regular ticket prices for the 2009 season range from $30 to $110 including GST. For Special Matinees, student tickets are $25 and senior tickets are $40. Lunchtime ticket prices are $30. Sunday night performances are available all season from $45 to $60 and, for patrons aged 19-29, $30 tickets are available for most performances. Preview prices are $55 to $70. Family tickets are available in each theatre: for each regularly-priced ticket purchased, one or two youth tickets (18 years or under) may be purchased for just $30. New in 2009 are specially designated $30 seats for most Festival Theatre performances.

Tickets for the 2009 season go on sale to Shaw Festival Members according to Membership level starting November 8. Tickets go on sale to groups and schools on January 5. Tickets go on sale to The Shaw’s high-loyalty customers on January 3 and to the general public by mail, fax or online on January 5 and by phone or in person on January 10.

Tonight at 8:30 is generously supported by Lombard Insurance.
  steve  2007-12-15 10:57   Shaw Festival Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell recently announced the 2008 season. The season explores vital and provocative stories that resonate with the wit, relevance and insight for which George Bernard Shaw was well known.

In making the season announcement, Ms. Maxwell noted: Shaw to Sondheim, Molnar to MacDonald, the 2008 Season takes every opportunity to engage, entertain and challenge with a richly diverse selection of provocative dramas, exquisite musicals, glittering ensemble pieces and newly minted theatrical gems.

The 2008 playbill details, which includes ten productions, as well as four concert performances of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Follies, can be viewed in the Shaw Playbill.

It looks like another fantastic year!
  steve  2007-12-15 10:29   Announcing the third year of an extremely exciting and expanding Festival Film Series for winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake. So, in December, January and February, in addition to the other things happening in town, there will be the opportunity to see first class, award winning films from film festivals around the world. This is the continuation of a wildly successful first two years, sure to become a mainstay of the Niagara-on-the-Lake cultural scene. Enjoy 12 critically-acclaimed motion pictures on 12 consecutive Saturdays at 3pm in December, January and February at The Shaw Festival Theatre. In addition, this year for the first time, 4 documentaries will air on certain Tuesdays.

DECEMBER 8 - LA VIE EN ROSE (subtitles)

DECEMBER 15 - WAITRESS

DECEMBER 22 - DEATH AT A FUNERAL

DECEMBER 29 - IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH

JANUARY 5 - 12 AND HOLDING

JANUARY 15 - DOC - MY KID COULD PAINT THAT

JANUARY 12 - EASTERN PROMISES

JANUARY 19 - AFTER THE WEDDING (subtitles)

JANUARY 22 - DOC - TERROR'S ADVOCATE

JANUARY 26 - ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

FEBRUARY 2 - THIS IS ENGLAND

FEBRUARY 9 - LARS AND THE REAL GIRL

FEBRUARY 12 - DOC - To be Announced

FEBRUARY 16 - To be Announced

FEBRUARY 19 - DOC - THE LINE KING

FEBRUARY 23 - To be Announced
  steve  2007-07-06 05:28   The Olde Winery opened recently to rave reviews. A simple but tasty menu from the famous local chef Tony deLuca has created a real buzz. The open kitchen concept, the high ceilings and wonderful new windows give the place an free and airy feel. Prices are excellent, representing the best value in the town this year. To make a reservation at The Olde Winery, call 905-468-8900.
  steve  2007-07-05 13:02   The Shaw brochure tells us: "Adelaide Cassilis is a very smart woman. But when her beloved son excitedly informs her of his engagement to a totally “unsuitable” young woman from the city, she faces an age-old, thorny problem – how to change your child’s mind without him realizing it!

Without missing a beat, she swiftly plans an open-ended visit from the girl and her mother, suspecting the languorous charms of country life may be less than enchanting for either! The result is a delicious clash between city and country, old-style and new-vogue, as, with gritted teeth and gracious smile, Adelaide manoeuvres everyone through the slow-moving vicissitudes of genteel living. JM"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Cassilis Engagement Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-07-05 12:59   The Shaw brochure tells us: "When you put the words Feydeau and “farce” together, the image is immediate. Respectable middle-class folk are manipulated with pin-point precision into a series of increasingly absurd situations where they must try to protect their specific secrets or misdeeds (usually only planned – rarely achieved!)

Hotel Peccadillo is Feydeau at his best, where two old friends, their current amours and several members of their households convene unintentionally at an out-of-the-way hotel that seems only too appropriate for such shenanigans.

But wait – isn’t that Feydeau who is introducing the action? And wasn’t that four Russian airline stewardesses who just dashed across the stage? Yes! We are presenting Feydeau through the eyes of writer-director Morris Panych, in an edgy, contemporary take on an age-old tale, and the combination promises to be provocative, outrageous, but be assured, no less funny! JM"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Hotel Peccadillo Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-06-04 11:23   The Shaw brochure tells us: "In the best part of London, many of the august members of The Ibsen Club are most put out when the institution decides to open its doors to… women?! One caveat, however, is helping a little – in order for a woman to qualify, she must first prove that she is “an unwomanly woman.”

Once again Shaw has set up a delightfully comic context to examine the foibles of love and courtship, as played out by the “philanderer” Leonard Charteris and three sparkling and vitally different young women – Julia and Sylvia Craven, and Grace Tranfield – a combustible mix of womanly and unwomanly. The Ibsen Club has never seen such action inside its sacred walls! JM"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Philanderer Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-05-07 05:27   The Shaw brochure tells us: " What happens when one of the 20th century’s most celebrated playwrights takes on one of the most revered novelists of the 19th century? A thrilling alchemy occurs, producing a humorous, elegiac drama that reveals the complex emotional entanglements that bind a family to its friends and retainers. At the centre is the magnetic Natalya, who spins from her adoring husband to her faithful lover to her son’s desperately attractive young tutor, sending all around her into a state of midsummer madness!

Brian Friel’s humour and empathy highlight Turgenev’s unerring portrait of the rueful absurdities of love, marriage, family and the whole damn thing."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the A Month in the Country Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-05-07 05:20   The Shaw brochure tells us: " Elizabeth and Arnold Cheney live an ordered, respectable married life. This comes to an abrupt halt, however, when Elizabeth hears that Arnold’s mother, who ran off to Europe with her lover many years before, has returned to England and decides that a reconciliation is in order. Add an unexpected visit from Arnold’s urbane father, and the presence of a young man who dramatically pronounces his love for Elizabeth, and you have the ingredients for one of Somerset Maugham’s most exquisitely glittering comedies.

As in our recent hit The Constant Wife, Somerset Maugham explores the compromises and bargains that seem so necessary to married life – in this case putting to the test the notion of leaving everything behind for the sake of “true love”. "

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the The Circle Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-05-07 05:15   The Shaw brochure tells us: " A musical about the movies! The love story of an irascible genius and his brilliant protégée! An exposé of the clash between art and commerce! Mack and Mabel is all of the above, woven together in whirling, kinetic style. We careen from the early days of two-reelers in a tatty New York studio, where Mack Sennett and his creative “family” strike gold with the discovery of young comedienne Mabel Normand, to the heady days of champagne and success with the Keystone Cops in L.A. – and to the inevitable downside of that success."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Mack and Mabel Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-05-07 05:04   The Shaw brochure tells us: "In 2007 we move between the France of WWI and Joan’s War to re-examine Shaw’s continually resonant play, which combines some of his most refined and provocative political thinking with fiercely poetic and passionate writing, all the while asking us: if she were alive today, would we recognize her – and would we listen?"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the St. Joan Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2007-03-12 11:11   On March 3th, 2007, CUVÉE announced their winners for newly released Ontario wines. This weekend is fantastic here in Niagara and the competition is fierce. Some of our favourite wineries, Creekside, Reif Estate, 13th Street, Fielding, Henry of Pelham, Cave Springs, Jackson Triggs and Vineland Estates were big winners.

Check out the CUVÉE website and plan to come next year. It is always the first weekend in March.

Or to plan your buying for your upcoming visit, see the full list of the 2007 winners by going to the CUVÉE News Events link and clicking on CUVÉE 2007 ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PRESTIGIOUS WINE AWARDS March 3th, 2007.
  steve  2006-12-01 11:54   Announcing the second year of an extremely exciting and expanding Festival Film Series for winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake. So, in December, January and February, in addition to the other things happening in town, there will be the opportunity to see first class, award winning films from film festivals around the world. This is the continuation of a wildly successful first year, sure to become a mainstay of the Niagara-on-the-Lake cultural scene. I can't wait!
Enjoy 12 critically-acclaimed motion pictures on 12 consecutive Saturdays at 3pm in December, January and February at The Shaw Festival Theatre.

DECEMBER 9 - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

DECEMBER 16 - CATCH A FIRE

DECEMBER 23 - JOYEUX NOEL

DECEMBER 30 - SHUT UP AND SING

JANUARY 6 - MARIE ANTOINETTE

JANUARY 13 - SNOW CAKE

JANUARY 20 - VOLVER

JANUARY 27 - BOBBY

FEBRUARY 3 - To be Announced

FEBRUARY 10 - To be Announced

FEBRUARY 17 - To be Announced

FEBRUARY 24 - To be Announced

  steve  2006-10-02 11:45  
The Idea
Shaw … Coward … Osborne? The ideas of these playwrights rocked society far beyond the confines of the theatre world. The Shaw Festival’s 2009 season celebrates the brilliance of the work of these writers and opens up a new corner of its mandate to show the continuum of provocative theatre The Shaw is renowned for producing. In announcing the 2009 Season today, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell said, “We’re thrilled to be embarking on our 2009 adventure. Two exciting events will be highlights of the season: a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of one of Bernard Shaw’s most famous contemporaries, fellow provocateur Noel Coward, and a new initiative in a new space with a new writer for The Shaw. We’ll do that – and we’ll present an additional six remarkable plays, while continuing our exploration of contemporary Shavian writers in our reading series. The choices made this season play to the strengths of our multi-faceted and extraordinary Company and are made in concert with our ongoing emphasis on nurturing the careers of emerging theatre artists and developing new work for our stages. Welcome aboard, and enjoy the ride.”

The Reality
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, September 23, 2008 . . . Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell officially announced the Shaw Festival’s 2009 season today. In 2009 The Shaw takes on a monumental and historic project with full productions of each play in Noel Coward’s famous Tonight at 8:30 collection. The Shaw’s 2009 productions represent the first time all ten short plays have been performed in repertory by a professional company since they were first produced by London’s Phoenix Theatre in 1935-36. The plays will be performed in sets of three, one on each of the Festival’s Niagara-on-the-Lake stages, with the tenth, the rarely produced Star Chamber, being the lunchtime production in the Royal George. And to celebrate this idea for the event that it is, on two separate occasions, we will present all ten in one day – an event we are appropriately naming “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”.

Ms. Maxwell said of the collection: “As the idea of doing all of Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 came to me, and as I reread the plays, I was struck that each one is a brilliant jewel – like the best short stories – some well known, some not. As is typical of Coward – who was always pushing the envelope in both form and content – the ten plays vary hugely. There are out-and-out comedies, heart-wrenching dramas, fantasy musicals and historical tales. Coward is a brilliant miniaturist, a master storyteller, and any group of these plays, seen together, is a truly satisfying evening at the theatre. The experience of seeing them in one fell swoop, for those who are game, will be thrilling indeed.”

English actor, playwright and composer Noel Coward (1899-1973) is renowned for his full-length plays The Vortex, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue, Bitter Sweet, Cavalcade, Private Lives and Design for Living, most of which have been produced by The Shaw. His ambitious Tonight at 8:30 cycle, which he wrote and starred in with his frequent stage partner Gertrude Lawrence, was originally written to be performed in combinations of three plays for a different playbill each night.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell will direct the first set of plays, in the Festival Theatre. Titled Brief Encounters, this includes Still Life, We Were Dancing and Hands Across the Sea. The Royal George set, directed by Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton, titled Play, Orchestra, Play, will include Red Peppers, Fumed Oak and Shadow Play. The Court House group, director to be announced, titled Ways of the Heart, will include Ways and Means, Family Album and The Astonished Heart. Kate Lynch will direct the lunchtime Star Chamber. Music plays a huge role throughout Tonight at 8:30 and The Shaw’s Music Director Paul Sportelli will be Music Director for the whole project.

John Osborne (1929-1994), playwright, activist and the original inspiration for the phrase “angry young man”, revolutionized English theatre in 1956 with his play Look Back in Anger. An outspoken critic of The Establishment and the monarchy, as well as English theatre, Osborne combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit. In 2009 The Shaw will produce a limited run of Osborne’s 1957 play The Entertainer, directed by Jackie Maxwell in the Festival Theatre Rehearsal Studio. The Entertainer, a boldly theatrical piece combining drama and vaudeville that Osborne wrote for Laurence Olivier, uses the metaphor of the dying music hall tradition to comment on the vicissitudes of post-war life in 1950s England. The production of both Tonight at 8:30 and The Entertainer in the 2009 season will create a vivid juxtaposition between Osborne’s angry existential soul search and the polished work of Coward, while also revealing the deep connection between the two.

The 2009 playbill includes six additional full productions. The Shaw’s celebration of Coward’s witty and subversive world sits perfectly beside the work of house wit and subversive, Bernard Shaw. Bernard Shaw’s exhilarating The Devil’s Disciple, last produced at The Shaw in 1996, is directed in 2009 by renowned Polish director Tadeusz Bradecki, and presented in the Festival Theatre. The upcoming American election and the ensuing new administration will provide a fascinating backdrop to Shaw’s drama of the struggles between England and her American colonies in the late 1700s. In the Royal George, Shaw’s hilarious satire of philosophy, playwriting and acting, In Good King Charles’s Golden Days, will be directed by Eda Holmes.

Garson Kanin’s classic comedy Born Yesterday, directed by Neil Munro, will share the Festival Theatre stage. An enduring story of a corrupt tycoon and his not-so-dumb blonde girlfriend, the play was a huge hit on Broadway in 1946 with Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn. Denouncing bribery, corruption and greedy corporate interests, this highly entertaining play could well have been written yesterday.

The Court House Theatre season also includes Eugene O’Neill’s romantic drama A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Joseph Ziegler, who deftly handled O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness for The Shaw in 2004. Continuing to programme Canadian classics, Michel Tremblay’s phenomenal Albertine in Five Times, in a new translation by Linda Gaboriau and directed by Micheline Chevrier, will complete the Court House season. The play, which provides a wonderful challenge for six female actors, is a brilliant deconstruction of the life of Albertine, a complex, troubled woman who appears in many of Tremblay’s plays and is one of theatre’s most mercurial characters.

Building on the success of the 2008 season’s A Little Night Music and Follies: In Concert, The Shaw continues to explore the work of Stephen Sondheim with a production of Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Alisa Palmer, which explores the eternal conflict between life and art through the story of the French Impressionist painter Georges Seurat. The piece is a perfect fit with the intimate jewel-box setting of the Royal George Theatre.

The Shaw Festival’s popular reading series of contemporary Shavian writers continues to be an integral component of each season and an important area of growth for the Company. For the reading series, Jackie Maxwell and director Eda Holmes choose full-length plays that represent contemporary writing at its best – witty and compelling, with a distinct modern-day perspective. Like Shaw’s, the work of these writers centres on the critical examination of the times and communities in which they live. The 2009 Reading Series focuses on diverse female playwrights with a political voice. It includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Topdog/Underdog, a bitingly funny, hard-hitting examination of poverty in America by African-American playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and further titles to be announced.

The reading series is often informed by The Shaw’s play development work. As part of the 2009 reading series The Shaw also presents a new musical based on the brief life of Maria Severa Onofriana, a famous Portuguese fado singer who achieved near-mythical status after her death. Maria Severa is written by Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli and Ensemble member Jay Turvey, whose musical Tristan received its world premiere at The Shaw in 2007.

The Shaw’s play development programme is actively engaged with writers, providing dramaturgical support, playwright-in-residence opportunities and workshops with actors, often working towards producing new work for The Shaw’s stages. In addition to Maria Severa, other projects in development include an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost by Robin Patterson, Artistic Director of St. Catharines’ Theatre Beyond Words; Kaj Munk by Dave Carley, The Shaw’s 2008 playwright-in-residence; an adaptation, by Associate Director Neil Munro, of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder; and an exciting new project with Cahoots Theatre Projects exploring and developing work from Asia and China of the mandate period.

For theatregoers who like to dig a little deeper into the world of plays, playwrights, theatre artists, and the world backstage, the 2009 season is complemented by Shaw Enriched, an extensive offering of seminars, workshops and other entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes experiences.

Regular ticket prices for the 2009 season range from $30 to $110 including GST. For Special Matinees, student tickets are $25 and senior tickets are $40. Lunchtime ticket prices are $30. Sunday night performances are available all season from $45 to $60 and, for patrons aged 19-29, $30 tickets are available for most performances. Preview prices are $55 to $70. Family tickets are available in each theatre: for each regularly-priced ticket purchased, one or two youth tickets (18 years or under) may be purchased for just $30. New in 2009 are specially designated $30 seats for most Festival Theatre performances.

Tickets for the 2009 season go on sale to Shaw Festival Members according to Membership level starting November 8. Tickets go on sale to groups and schools on January 5. Tickets go on sale to The Shaw’s high-loyalty customers on January 3 and to the general public by mail, fax or online on January 5 and by phone or in person on January 10.

Tonight at 8:30 is generously supported by Lombard Insurance.
  steve  2006-07-31 14:39   The Shaw brochure tells us that the "House of Rosmer has been a bastion of religious and political conservatism for generations. Suddenly, after the tragic suicide of his wife, the current ‘Rosmer’ decides to renounce all the family edicts and declare himself a free-thinker. But is he acting alone, or does his beautiful houseguest, Rebecca West, have something to do with this change of heart?"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Rosmersholm Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-07-29 14:02   The Shaw brochure tells us that Chekhov said: "'When they find out I write vaudevilles they will excommunicate me!' Years before he was a celebrated dramatist, Chekhov was a popular farceur, and in these two hilarious glimpses of love and courtship, we see, as in his later great plays, his affection for peoples’ foibles and his deep understanding of the human heart."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Love Among the Russians Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-07-29 13:51   The Shaw brochure tells us: "Delightfully told with all of Coward’s customary wit and style, this particular comedy also enters less charted territory as it asks some provocative questions about the very nature of friendship. When does sharing become betrayal? What happens when one becomes richer and more successful than the others? What happens when sex enters the picture?

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Design for Living Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-07-29 13:27   “A drama inside a big comedy" states the Shaw Brochure about this Lillian Groag play. "Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South,” a beautiful city full of Europeans fled from various political regimes, home to the Berg family. A vibrant mix of Viennese and Italian backgrounds, the Bergs are steeped in opera, wine, food, theatre and history, all debated at full voice and top speed, with increasing relish and a great flair for the dramatic!"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the The Magic Fire Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-07-29 13:01   The Crucible, as the Shaw brochure says, is "A searing tale of whispers and shouts. A town rendered immobile and ultimately destroyed by gossip, innuendo, and lies. Written as an allegory of the insidious spread and reach of McCarthyism in the early ’50s, Arthur Miller’s brilliant re-telling of the infamous 1692 Salem “Witch Trials” surely has even more potency and resonance today."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the The Crucible Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-06-23 13:54   Too True To Be Good, as the Shaw brochure says, is a "...truly fantastical treat! Any play the sets the scene in a classically beautiful upper-middle-class bedroom inhabited by a classically beautiful upper-middle-class girl, then starts the action with a distressed microbe in human form bemoaning his fate, is surely asking you to check your assumptions at the door!"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Too True To Be Good Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-06-23 13:16   The Invisible Man is an adaption of the H. G. Wells classic story. The Shaw brochure writes; "the ultimate cautionary tale...promises to deliver al the suspense and adventure of the original story of Griffin, the man of science who discovers the secret to becoming invisible."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the The Invisible Man Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-05-06 06:03   High Society is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The Shaw brochure writes; "The result is a stylish delight, with Barry’s wit and elegance blissfully enhanced by the beguiling sass of such classic songs as “Just One of Those Things”, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and, of course “High Society”!"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the High Society Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-04-23 12:33   The Heiress is a drama written by Ruth & Augustus Goetz. The Shaw brochure writes; "Theirs is a chiaroscuro world - where civility is all, and feelings, mo matter how strong, are kept frmly buried...a drama...with an ending that is destined to provoke a collective gasp"

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit The Heiress Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2006-04-22 10:04   The Shaw brochure writes; "One of Shaw's most entertaining, deftly written comedies...we witness Shaw's skewering of militarism, heroism, middle-class pretensions...showing us that even the most deluded or foolish have honest feelings and desires."

Will you like this play? Professional reviews are available online and in the media once the show is officially open. However, in our experience, many critics often write reviews that do not match at all with the reaction of our guests.

So, for a more candid reaction, we are asking for comments and reviews from the people who visit us! Jane and I go to all the plays and we will post as soon as we have attended. You too can post your overall rating about the play on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, along with any comments you may have.

Visit the Arms and the Man Shaw page for information and the play schedule.
  steve  2005-12-12 12:06   The finale of The Amazing Race, a very popular reality show, was partly shot in Niagara-on-the-Lake. At least some of it was on a jet boat through the exciting rapids of the Niagara River. From personal experience, I can tell you that it is an exhilarating experience!

You too can experience a terrific Whirlpool Jet Boat ride (you will get wet) during the summer months, leaving from the Niagara-on-the-Lake marina area.
  steve  2005-12-09 12:51   There is an extremely exciting new Film Series starting up this winter in Niagara-on-the-Lake. So, in January and February, in addition to the other things happening in town, there will be the opportunity to see first class, award winning films from film festivals around the world. This is the beginning of a bright new addtion to the Niagara-on-the-Lake cultural scene. I can't wait!
As per release from Shaw: Enjoy 8 critically-acclaimed motion pictures on 8 consecutive Saturdays at 3pm in January and February at The Shaw Festival Theatre.

JANUARY 7 Capote
Special Presentation, Toronto International Film Festival

JANUARY 14 Paper Clips
Best Overall Film 2004 Rome International Film Festival

JANUARY 21 The Squid and The Whale
Best Direction, Best Screenwriting 2005 Sundance Film Festival

JANUARY 28 Ladies in Lavender
Featured at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival

FEBRUARY 4 C.R.A.Z.Y.
Best Feature 2005 Toronto International Film Festival

FEBRUARY 11 Good Night and Good Luck
Just announced!

FEBRUARY 18 TBD
screenings will be either Mrs.Henderson Presents, The Worlds Fastest Indian, Brokeback Mountain or Pride and Prejudice

FEBRUARY 25 Water
Opening Night Gala Presentation 2005 Toronto International Film Festival

Call 1-800-511-7429 for tickets. $10 per film or the whole season for $65! You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the performance.
  steve  2005-11-25 18:50   The detailed schedule of the Shaw Festival performances is now online. At this time, only members can order, so "membership has it's privileges" as they say. Membership is very reasonable. Early ordering for members offers discounts and reduced handling charges for some dates. It looks like a great season! See details at: Shaw 2006 tickets