Shaw Festival Theatre
Shaw Festival Theatre
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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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  • PattyG08
    Livonia, New York38 contributions
    Great experience in the Spiegel tent!
    Game of love & chance matinee. First performance & it was awesome! Actors quite talented. Improvisation was excellent and everyone was laughing the whole time. More audience participation than I expected (arts & crafts provided by audience members). Really loved the show and so did my friend who had never seen a play.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Brian Lang
    Thornhill, Canada3 contributions
    Game of Love and Chance: amusing improv
    This was a fun, light hearted, improvisational romantic piece. Lots of laughs. New tent structure is quite sophisticated and beautiful. No bad seats. Either on floor near the action or small booths for 4 people very close by. If I was to be a bit critical, there are a few things. Not all the actors were great at improv. Also energy varies amongst the actors. They could have interacted more with the audience to get ideas for dialogue. And at over $90 a ticket, it's a bit pricey for improvisational theatre in an improvised theatre. But if you can afford it, it's a nice way to spend some time in NOTL
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Kevin G
    Niagara Falls, Canada6 contributions
    Play it again!
    We purchased a “Box” at the Spiegeltent” in Niagara on the Lake to see a play called, “The Game of Love and Chance”. The entire experience was great. We arrived early for a cocktail then entered a unique round tent with the stage in the center of the room. Our Box turned out to be a table that, while it did seat 8, was a bit cramped. It did not provide a sight line for all 8 of us as the columns holding the tent up were in the way. This was the only disappointment of the entire evening as the play was very funny and the actors were spot on. I would recommend it in the future however I would suggest seating only 6 at these Boxes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Try2TravelSustainably
    Hamilton, Canada279 contributions
    Great theatre
    We have been going yearly since 1992. Each year there are so many shows to see. If you live close by consider getting a season's pass. They have daily deals too and lots of other ways to save. The 2024 schedule is already out.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Gerry B
    St. Catharines, Canada1,077 contributions
    A truly wonderful theatre production
    I attended a Wednesday afternoon performance of Brigadoon at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. What an enjoyable experience! I had vaguely remembered the story plot, but it all came back to me during this musical. I have to say, the actors were outstanding! They could sing; they could dance and leap; and, they could act. And their costumes were really, really well done. The live orchestra was also fantastic. However, the most amazing feature of the production was definitely the set design. From the beginning scene of a projected digital deer walking through the woods in the Scottish highlands, to the mountain backdrops, to the clouds and stars floating through the sky, to the impeccably built village scene…this was the BEST set design I have ever seen in a musical production. Even though the Scottish accents that the actors use aren’t very convincing, and the accents make parts of the dialogue difficult to understand and to follow, I didn’t deduct any stars for that. They all did the best they could! There was a friendly atmosphere within the theatre with all of the staff and volunteers. Arrive very early if you want to park in the Shaw’s parking lot. I would highly recommend this musical!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Elaine A
    2 contributions
    Awesome
    We've been to the Shaw Festival off and on over the past 30 years or so. And most of them are wonderful. But we saw Brigadoon tonight, Friday November 17th 2023. And it was absolutely fabulous! I just had to write a review . To date this is my favorite performance of all the Shaw performances I've seen . The dialogue was great, the singing was amazing, the dancing was amazing. And there was even a dash of Comedy. The performance even spilled out into the audience a couple of times,cool. The costumes were great. The scenery was great. I just can't say enough wonderful things about it. It was an amazing evening. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. And I could actually sit through it again tomorrow. It was just great. Also it was at the festival theater so I do find that just a little more roomy than the older theater. So it was comfortable. Loved loved
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Gerard S
    Akron, New York3 contributions
    A most enjoyable return to the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario.
    For the first time in about 4 years my wife and I had the opportunity to return to the Shaw and Niagara on the Lake. On our first day we saw "A Christmas Carol". What a well done creative show as done by the Shaw. It was different than any other "A Christmas Carol" we have seen and very well done. The poor lady holding Scrooge's desk is a real trooper. If you want to see a classic that follows the script, but is a bit different, by all means see the Shaw's "A Christmas Carol" and be sure to take your children or grandchildren. Prior to returning to the Shaw, the last show we saw was "Brigadoon" about 4 years ago. It was fantastic. On our second day at the Shaw, we again saw "Brigadoon". We wondered if we would enjoy it again and I can say the we LOVED it. The Show is outstanding with a phenomenal group of actors and actresses. The choreography is outstanding, as is the dancing and singing. The quality of the performance at the Shaw is every bit as good as Broadway. Those of us who live in Western New York and Southern Ontario are fortunate to have so much fantastic theater available.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Grumbo
    Niagara Falls, Canada21 contributions
    Backstage Tour and Play later were wonderful
    We had purchased tickets to see Brigadoon for a Sunday matinee. There was an opportunity for a morning "Backstage Tour" prior to the play so we booked. We arrived and were the only two who wanted to get up early on a Sunday I guess. Nevertheless the 3 guides or "docents" (I learned a new word) were absolutely wonderful. We had basically a private tour behind the scenes and learned more about the history of the theatre and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Their enthusiasm made our tour that much better. The Play in the afternoon was wonderful and it was a perfect day. Thanks to the Shaw Festival, its staff, and volunteers.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 18, 2023
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Elngbrt
12 contributions
Aug 2022
We have been members and season pass holders for a few years. It is so nice to see the theatre up and running with full season again. It makes such a wonderful night. We have dinner and stroll through beautiful streets and shops and then enjoy the shows. We have seen nearly all and, although, of course, some are our favourites, all were well-acted, interesting, and enjoyable. I love that they have the traditional Festival theatre experience, the nostalgic ambiance of the Royal George and it's yesteryear feel and somewhat more intimate theatre. We also absolutely love the, sometimes quirky and very different intimate experiences in the Jackie Maxwell theatre. So many great actors, interesting sets, costumes, and stories. Always a wonderful night out. I don't know what we would do without it for 6 months of the year. Only thing I'd say to theatre goers is turn off your ruddy cellphones, stop talking and fidgeting with candy wrappers etc during the performances! Respect the unbelievable amount of hours and work that goes into every single performance!
Written August 3, 2022
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April M
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We saw Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and had a great time! The tap dancing was amazing and I particularly enjoyed the audience-sing-along toward the end! My husband remarked how blown away he was by the overall quality of the performance as well. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, from the parking attendants to the theatre ushers.
We are a little hard of hearing; if you are the type to ask people to 'slow down and speak louder' you may want to consider renting their audio assistive devices (it's free, they just ask a donation). We did not do this and noticed we had a hard time catching some of the quicker, quieter speech, like the side jokes and such.
Written December 18, 2022
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Louise S
London, Canada40 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Just returned from attending a show at the royal George theatre in Niagara on the lake. The performance of A Christmas Carol was outstanding, but adherence to the masking rules by some of the audience was ridiculous. There were several “twenty somethings” seated behind us who were apparently exempt from the masking rules. Even after being told by staff to wear their masks, they refused. Sad that some people are so self absorbed that they don’t give any consideration to the health and well-being of others. Very disappointed. Easy to understand why this pandemic is dragging on for so long.
Written November 18, 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Jul 2020
I like the Shaw Festival Theatre. It is always attractive!

Even around the Shaw Festival Theatre. it is beautiful.

Lots of flowers and trees are attractive!

The Shaw Festival Theatre is a beautiful place.

The building of the Shaw Festival Theatre. This can be see inside the Shaw Festival Theatre
Written April 11, 2021
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Larry E
Uxbridge, Canada257 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Just saw Damn Yankees and the production was excellent with a standing ovation. Must praise James Hardy's stand in Drew Plummer who we found excellent. In fact the entire crew were very good and the musical production excellent. The production time of 2 hr 45 minutes went past extremely fast. Well worth a visit to NOTL
Written June 4, 2022
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Elaine A
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We've been to the Shaw Festival off and on over the past 30 years or so. And most of them are wonderful. But we saw Brigadoon tonight, Friday November 17th 2023. And it was absolutely fabulous! I just had to write a review . To date this is my favorite performance of all the Shaw performances I've seen . The dialogue was great, the singing was amazing, the dancing was amazing. And there was even a dash of Comedy. The performance even spilled out into the audience a couple of times,cool. The costumes were great. The scenery was great. I just can't say enough wonderful things about it. It was an amazing evening. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. And I could actually sit through it again tomorrow. It was just great. Also it was at the festival theater so I do find that just a little more roomy than the older theater. So it was comfortable. Loved loved
Written November 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gerard S
Akron, NY3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
For the first time in about 4 years my wife and I had the opportunity to return to the Shaw and Niagara on the Lake. On our first day we saw "A Christmas Carol". What a well done creative show as done by the Shaw. It was different than any other "A Christmas Carol" we have seen and very well done. The poor lady holding Scrooge's desk is a real trooper. If you want to see a classic that follows the script, but is a bit different, by all means see the Shaw's "A Christmas Carol" and be sure to take your children or grandchildren.

Prior to returning to the Shaw, the last show we saw was "Brigadoon" about 4 years ago. It was fantastic. On our second day at the Shaw, we again saw "Brigadoon". We wondered if we would enjoy it again and I can say the we LOVED it. The Show is outstanding with a phenomenal group of actors and actresses. The choreography is outstanding, as is the dancing and singing. The quality of the performance at the Shaw is every bit as good as Broadway.

Those of us who live in Western New York and Southern Ontario are fortunate to have so much fantastic theater available.
Written December 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gerry B
St. Catharines, Canada1,077 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
I attended a Wednesday afternoon performance of Brigadoon at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. What an enjoyable experience! I had vaguely remembered the story plot, but it all came back to me during this musical. I have to say, the actors were outstanding! They could sing; they could dance and leap; and, they could act. And their costumes were really, really well done. The live orchestra was also fantastic. However, the most amazing feature of the production was definitely the set design. From the beginning scene of a projected digital deer walking through the woods in the Scottish highlands, to the mountain backdrops, to the clouds and stars floating through the sky, to the impeccably built village scene…this was the BEST set design I have ever seen in a musical production. Even though the Scottish accents that the actors use aren’t very convincing, and the accents make parts of the dialogue difficult to understand and to follow, I didn’t deduct any stars for that. They all did the best they could! There was a friendly atmosphere within the theatre with all of the staff and volunteers. Arrive very early if you want to park in the Shaw’s parking lot. I would highly recommend this musical!
Written November 17, 2023
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Grumbo
Niagara Falls, Canada21 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had purchased tickets to see Brigadoon for a Sunday matinee. There was an opportunity for a morning "Backstage Tour" prior to the play so we booked. We arrived and were the only two who wanted to get up early on a Sunday I guess. Nevertheless the 3 guides or "docents" (I learned a new word) were absolutely wonderful. We had basically a private tour behind the scenes and learned more about the history of the theatre and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Their enthusiasm made our tour that much better.
The Play in the afternoon was wonderful and it was a perfect day. Thanks to the Shaw Festival, its staff, and volunteers.
Written December 18, 2023
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Loonsgirl
St. Catharines, Canada9 contributions
Jun 2022
We attended the Royal George Theatre for the production of Gaslight today. It was very well done!! Julie Lumsden plays Bella wonderfully, Kate Hennig as Elizabeth keeps you guessing, and Andre Morin is the perfect creepy Jack. After being away from the theatre for 2 years, it was so great to get back and this was the perfect play to return to! Good job Shaw Festival!
Written June 29, 2022
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