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Shaw Festival Theatre

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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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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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Sweeney Todd is fabulous

What a great performance of a wonderful musical. Although the story is macabre the actors and production pull it off wonderfully. The starts of the show (Sweeny Todd and Mrs... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great performance of a wonderful musical. Although the story is macabre the actors and production pull it off wonderfully. The starts of the show (Sweeny Todd and Mrs Lovett) are outstanding putting on world class perfomances. This production comes highly recommended all of the patrons there on the night we saw the show would agree.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Saw a couple shows, met some actors/actresses , went to a martini party, saw behind the scenes, very educating and able to mingle with people and relaxing atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took my husband to Niagara on the lake for a few days to see Sweeney Todd at the Shaw Festival Theatre. We enjoyed it so much we picked up tickets for Master Harold and the boys at the Courthouse for the next night. Blown away. Fantastic. My husband loved it. It dealt with racism in a powerful and touching way.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The best theatre! We always enjoy the plays. The acting and productions are first rate. As well, some of the venues are intimate and historic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After many years of Stratford I decided to give Shaw a try this year. I saw four productions and all were great. My favourite turned out to be The Dance of Death much to my surprise - I didn't know the play and thought it would be tedious and grim - but Mezon (brilliant) and Reid raised it to an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Marvellous memories of childhood reading in this clever, action packed performance, with excellent staging, costumes and special effects.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We saw the matinee of Alice in Wonderland. A humourous interpretation of the play, which was fun, but the effects and costumes were magnificent! Seats were comfortable but could have used a little extra leg room. The theatre in general is very nice - spacious and airy, lots of light. The doors open to the balcony (exterior) and lawn during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The play left us just speechless. We always loved Meson, but his acting in this play exceeded all our expectations. Bravo! Directing and performance by other actors is also superb.

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ShawFestival, Shaw Festival Representative at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this review

What wonderful comments on the actors! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on our production of The Dance of Death. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Five plays and a tour in two days. Excellent. Booking online was easy, though we did call to discuss sight-lines as this was our first visit. We saw a Shaw play, an adapted Shaw play, two contemporary (to Shaw's life that is) plays, and a later play consistent with Shaw"s skeptical view of phoniness.Three of the plays had been banned... More 

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ShawFestival, Shaw Festival Representative at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this review

Wow! Your first visit to The Shaw and you experienced five plays in two days AND the backstage tour! That is amazing. Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your positive feedback regarding the productions, the theatres, the tour and Niagara-on-the-Lake. We hope you will return! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw 'A Woman of No Importance' last evening in this beautiful theatre. I love the all the wood inside, it makes for such a great sound. The play was slow at the beginning with plot development but about 10 minutes before the intermission and through the 2nd act it was very good. Fiona Reid was excellent as always, such a... More 

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