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“Excellent theatre in great tourist town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shaw Festival Theatre

Shaw Festival Theatre
10 Queen's Parade | Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
800-511-7429
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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.
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“Excellent theatre in great tourist town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was our first visit to Niagara on the Lake and the Shaw Festival. What a delight! The area is beautiful,
The staff were very friendly when booking tickets by phone, and we had a great show Prices are not cheap but performances was excellent, well acted, and impressive to watch.
We attended the following plays; Oscar Wilde's play...Lady Windermere's Fan, at the Festival Theatre and Guys and Dolls.. I am a first time Shaw Festival attendee and I was completely surprised by the quality of the sets, costumes and acting. The Festival theatre was extremely comfortable . Although the production of Lady Windermere's Fan was excellent I would have to say that Guys and Dolls was my favorite of the two : very entertaining. If you are only able to see one play I would strongly recommend this one.
Harry P.

Visited August 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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“Shaw Festival 2013”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

- town has installed parking machines everywhere. Take at least 30 pieces of silver to feed the machines to 3 or more hours ($1.50/hr) as the credit card option does not always work.

- plan to use the parking machines unless you enjoy brisk distance Nordic Walking

- never never book three plays a day, unless you're a true culture vulture with a high threshold for (seat) pain, and can dash a kilometre between theatres in 8 minutes

- take a seating pad as some seats can become painful after two hours, unless you have large laurels/glutes to rest upon...
- Festival seats caused squirming/weight shifting after 1.5 hours
- Royal George had inserted a few extra seats at the back of the house - DON"T book them - extremely painful after .75 hours as the chair angle is unnatural.

- pick up a headset at the Festival Theatre unless you are seated near centre stage in the front rows. Sound is good at the Royal George

- eat before plays as theatre food is tasty, but quite expensive.

- affordable ($5) artisan sandwiches at Valu-Mart 130 Queen Street
- sandwiches at a shoppe are double/triple the price

- intermission at evening plays on balmy garbage nights include skunks scooting across Queen street and foraging for a meal or quick snack - fun to watch, but only from a distance.....

Overall the Festival is a good event but renovating the seats and improving the sound would make the ticket price more palatable.
Shaw & Wilde plays were enjoyable, the Somerset Maugham not so much - maybe it was the play itself, lack of character identification, perhaps it was the actors, but no doubt play enjoyment was tainted by seating pain.

Visited August 2013
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“Broadway in NOTL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We recently were privileged to see Oscar Wilde's play...Lady Windermere's Fan, at the Festival Theatre in NOTL. The performance was exceptional! The acting superb [albeit somewhat difficult to understand at times given the heavy British accents]. The stage set was very unique. It was almost like watching the play in a shadow box...very creative. The cast was every bit as good as one would expect to see in NYC. You couldn't help but notice how beautiful, and well made, the costumes were. The stadium seats are comfortable and allow a great view from everywhere in the theatre. The Shaw Festival is a special event not to be missed!

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful theatre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Saw two great shows and the Directors Project. Highly recommend a visit to the Shaw and the wineries.

Visited September 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Lady Windermere's Fan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We loved the play, Lady Windermere's Fan. Oscar Wilde is brilliant with words - as current now as the day they were written. The story has a very interesting twist. The staging was amazing. The music - a mix of current and classic. The lighting and set design were brilliant - I loved how the works of visual artists of Oscar Wilde's time were interpreted into the set design. A must-see!!

Visited September 2013
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