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Shaw Festival Theatre

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Very nice boutique type hotel close to every! Restaurant is excellent. Great for walking around... read more

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sharonkE3718PP
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Hamburg, New York
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Always a joy!

I see several plays at the Shaw every year and have never been disappointed; it’s brilliant theatre... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ohio_voyageur
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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...more
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10 Queen's Parade | Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice boutique type hotel close to every! Restaurant is excellent. Great for walking around town.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I see several plays at the Shaw every year and have never been disappointed; it’s brilliant theatre brilliantly done

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ohio_voyageur
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see this at Shaw. It was a good interpretation of the original but took a few liberties when it veered off course a few times. The set was sparse but well used. We did enjoy it.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had the chance to see A Christmas Carol at the Royal George Theatre a few days before Christmas and it was absolutely delightful! The whole cast was fantastic and the production of bringing the ghosts to life was amazing. Having this play at the Royal...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

On Wednesday, November 21st, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Carol rendition at the Royal George Theater! The actors, costumes, creative elements, sets...this was the best live performance of A Christmas Carol we have ever experienced! Scrooge was the best! We plan on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ShawFestival, Alyssa L. - Digital Engagement Specialist at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2018

Hi Barbara S, Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review! I am delighted to hear you and your husband had a wonderful time at A Christmas Carol. Looking forward to seeing you next year. All the best, Alyssa

Reviewed November 20, 2018

I am a golfer, but my wife & sister in law love the theater. The Shaw is an annual favorite! The Sisters have been Platinum Members for 5 years and they love it. While they watch, I play golf, without limits. What's not to like?!?

Date of experience: May 2018
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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2018

Hi H5543EIdavida, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Glad you and your family had such a great time! Best, Alyssa

Reviewed November 13, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of this theater.........great seats and a beautiful theater. The Shaw festival is certainly a big reason to visit Niagara On the Lake! We so enjoyed the professionalism of the actors and the sets were innovative and fun!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank delilah62
ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2018

Hi delilah62, Thank you for the lovely review! Glad you had a great time at the Shaw Festival and hope to see you soon. Best, Alyssa

Reviewed October 24, 2018

As first time visitors to Niagara-on-the Lake, we took in a performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Festival Theater, part of the annual Shaw Festival. I don't know if we were more impressed by the production or the theater itself. We had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi Dennis M, Thanks for leaving such a lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and had a wonderful time in Niagara-On-The-Lake. If you enjoy mystery, you may enjoy Rope or Ladykillers next season. All the best, Alyssa

Reviewed October 22, 2018

The Festival Theatre is both a great venue and home to the impressive Shaw Festival. Over a number of years of visitations I've seen some wonderful theatre there and even if the plays aren't to my taste, the acting and production values are always impressive....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Hi Ann T, Thanks so much for your review - your comments regarding the cafe food have been forwarded to the appropriate department. All the best, Alyssa

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I attended Hound of the Baskervilles on a Saturday in mid-late October and while the play was well done and enjoyable, I have 2 complaints that impacted my enjoyment and likelihood of returning. The first was the temperature in the theatre, which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Hi Harvman, Thanks for leaving a review – glad to hear you enjoyed 'The Hound of The Baskervilles.'' The second intermission allows our audience a chance to stretch their legs, but it also gives us a chance to ready some of the effects in the...More

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pegbunce
November 6, 2018|
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Hi Pegbunce, Thanks for writing the Shaw Festival and expressing your interest in becoming a volunteer! Please visit the Shaw Guild website page for volunteer details. We can't post links on Trip Advisor, however if you... More
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Lamokagirl
April 27, 2018|
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Yes, adults like it 2. The two adults I took with me to the opening performance cringed when I told them it was based on a kids novel. But My 82 year old Mother loved it. My 41 year-old-lady friend thought it was great. As... More
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Barbara G
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Hey Barbara, we have Lambeth Walk t-shirts available in-person at the Shawp here at the Shaw Festival.
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Restaurants near Shaw Festival theatre (1 Replies)
Hello, I'm planning a trip to NOTL for my boyfriend's birthday and I'd like to find a nice restaurant that's not too far from the Shaw Festival theatre, so we can have dinner before a show. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.
October 12, 2005|
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There have been all kinds of threads recently about restaurants and choices for dining in Niagara on the Lake. If you use the search function next to your question and type in "restaurants" you'll find all sorts of responses pop up. Depending on your budget and likes, there should be something that you find interesting.... from a casual dining experience at Zees next to the Shaw Festival, to the The Charles Inn dining room with a more formal atmosphere. Check the latest trip reports...More