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Address: 10 Queen's Parade | Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Phone Number: 800-511-7429
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Description: The Shaw Festival – bringing great theatre to life in the heart of Niagara...
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.
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"You Never can Tell" and "Top Girl"

We enjoyed both plays Immensely. The acting was superb,and the diction of the actors was clear. Both contained humour as well as serious themes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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Cleveland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went to see Top Girls at the Courthouse Theatre in Niagara-On-Lakes. The show was extremely hard to follow. The sound was not good. The seats in the theatre were so uncomfortable that my wife and I left at intermission. I consider myself to be someone who enjoys the theatre but skip this mess of a play.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed both plays Immensely. The acting was superb,and the diction of the actors was clear. Both contained humour as well as serious themes.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Moyà McConnell.....and all the others....are amazing in Lady from the Sea. Brought tears to our eyes! Funny at times.....but poignant too. My husband and I want to see it again! Don't miss it!

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Louisiana
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The Shaw Festival is a wonderful experience. I recently saw Sweet Charity and The Lady and The Sea. I sat next to the Director at the performance of Lady and the Sea. The theaters are both top-notch. I enjoyed the production and the ability to see professional productions in a small community. would definitely recommend

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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful! Wonderful! Great play starring my favourite Shaw female actor Julie Martell ! This production by Morris Panych (Director), Paul Sportelli (Musical Director) and Ken MacDonald (Set Design) was loads of fun. Great music and dancing set in 1960's New York. May try and see it again.

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We saw several of the 2015 Shaw plays and there were excellent as usual. We especially enjoyed Sweet Charity - the musical at the Festival Theatre. If we lived closer, we would go back again this season when some other plays will be available.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

You Never Can Tell - fast paced, funny and a lot of irony. Last line of play brings it all together!

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ShawFestival, Marketing Coordinator at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed You Never Can Tell and we hope that you will return to see more shows with us this season! More 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Attended the opening of "Sweet Charity" last saturday night and we really enjoyed the performance. Great cast, choreography & costumes. Main part of the set (no spoilers here) was imaginative too. Def no opening night jitters, cast was bang on and looked like they were really enjoying themselves on stage!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This is not your standard theatre performance and opinion will be divided. Acting was superb but plot is somewhat weak. Students in the preview audience seemed to catch the humour before the older viewers. Voices not as strong for musical parts and the mermaid dance at the start of the second act was almost burlesque. Molly and Peter create an... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Festival Theatre is gorgeous and with wonderful sight lines from every seat. The wood panelled walls and ceiling make sound clear everywhere not to mention the beauty of the wood itself. The theatre is discreetly modern in a wonderful parkland setting studded with sculpture and plants and flowers that invites walks outside during the intermission. The productions cover every... More 

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ShawFestival, Marketing Coordinator at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this review

What a wonderful review of the Shaw Festival. We truly appreciate your recommendation to other travelers and that you mention that there is something for everyone! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. More 

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