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Shaw Festival Theatre

10 Queen's Parade | Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
800-511-7429
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The Shaw Festival – bringing great theatre to life in the heart of Niagara Wine Country. One of the world’s finest theatre companies, the Shaw... more » Owner description: The Shaw Festival – bringing great theatre to life in the heart of Niagara Wine Country. One of the world’s finest theatre companies, the Shaw Festival is celebrated for its vivid and exhilarating productions of plays by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries (1856-1950), and plays about the period of Shaw’s lifetime. Join us for a compelling theatre experience with plays in four theatres from April to October in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Located between Toronto, ON and Buffalo, NY, near Niagara. « less
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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely 4 days traveling with friends, visiting wineries going to theater and staying in a wonderful Bed and Breakfast. Area is beautiful, flowers everywhere and people very friendly. Food a little pricey. All the plays had wonderful actors and sets.

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Nokesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We have been up to the Shaw Festival 4 times in five years and loved every minute. There are three venues all offering different plays. All excellent, good actors. Enjoyed the B&B's in the area (Day House in particular - see review). Shopping is fun in the quaint town. Very friendly, lots of flowers, easy walk to venues and restaurants.... More

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Guelph, Canada
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Shaw Company is one of the best in the world. Their choice and production of plays are excellent. Each theater has its advantages, but the seats in the Festival Theater are the most comfortable as are its public areas, especially on warm sunny days when one can tour the gardens and ponds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Always a good experience. a comfortable theater and the plays are always top notch! This production of Cabaret had a wonderful cast, but the set was also amazing.

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Teeswater
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The experience was amazing the sets where beautiful and the actors brought the story alive. Not a bad seat in the house.

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Montreal, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Loved the staging and overall production; lights, sound, props and scenery. The principal cast was strong and the Emcee character was very good. Sally Boles drunken rendition of Life is a Cabaret, was powerful and heart wrenching. I did not like the costuming too much and was distracted by the Make-up. The cast looked a little like they were dead... More

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Toronto, Canada
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I attended a Saturday evening performance of Cabaret with my girlfriend. The theatre itself is nice and modern with comfortable high-back seats and good sightlines. The main actor and actress of Cabaret were great; the rest of the show a little tough to sit though. With a long first act it was not surprising that about 75% of the people... More

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Pickering, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We saw When We Were Married at the Royal George Theatre. The acting was superb and the play funny and fast paced. The cast received a standing ovation for their skilled work. A pleasure to see.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The lead actress, Deborah Hay played Sally. When she sang, I just sat there on the edge of my seat with my mouth hanging open. lol What a singer. So powerful and so emotional. I hope she is back at the Shaw next year because we will definitely come to watch whatever she is in. We truly enjoyed the whole... More

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The theater itself is a very nice building, but it is not a place to go to if you have mobility issues. We booked through our PROBUS club and had looked forward to our trip for several months. After 2.5 hours fighting traffic across the GTA from Pickering we were greeted by...no one? The club had booked the backstage tour,... More

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