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Shaw Festival Theatre

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GORGEOUS VENUE AND GREAT PERFORMANCE OF GRAND HOTEL

We were pleasantly surprised at the beauty of this theater.........great seats and a beautiful... read more

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Excellent venue for an excellent performance

As first time visitors to Niagara-on-the Lake, we took in a performance of The Hound of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed April 21, 2014

It is said that the creators of Cabaret were inspired by Bertolt Brecht when reimagining Christopher Isherwood’s stories into a musical theatre piece that was groundbreaking for 1966. That confrontational Brechtian influence is on generous display in an impressive reimagining of the piece by Peter...More

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ShawFestival, Marketing Coordinator at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2014

What an amazing review – thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We truly value your feedback and appreciate the opinions of patrons like yourself. It is great to know that you have seen this production before and had such rave...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 16, 2015

As a long time attendee at the Shaw Festival the past 30 years, my wife and I were so angry last week at the production, Top Girls, that we left during the intermission. We were not alone. We joined several couples outside to discuss this...More

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Reviewed yesterday

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!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a lovely afternoon experiencing the play, Magician’s Nephew at the ShAw Theater in Notl. Great production in a comfortable and intimate theater. Lovely grounds to wander with a glass of sparkling wine during intermission.

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Deborah H, Thanks for joining us at the Shaw Festival! Glad you had a great time. Hope to see you for our 2019 season. Take care, Alyssa

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We often travel to the Shaw and this year BASKERVILLES did not disappoint, In fact, this show proved that the Shaw only gets better every year. This production featured one of the best set designs imaginable. The actors are nearly always superb, so innovation in...More

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Colleen C, So happy to hear you enjoyed 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' Hope to see you for the 2019 season! All the best, Alyssa

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I (theatre professor) have been going to the Shaw Festival for years, one of our favorite “go-to” places when we have the opportunity. In the past, during Jackie Maxwell’s tenure, we had been so impressed: never a disappointment. However, in the last...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw two plays at the Shaw Festival. The first was a matinee performance at the Royal George Theater. This theater is small so there are no bad seats. We were in the third row center! A great performance and you could really tell that...More

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

R S - Glad you had such a lovely time! Hope to see you for our 2019 season. Best, Alyssa

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' recently. Everything was well done, as usual at the Shaw - sets and lighting are wonderful, music is very good, acting for the most part stellar; everything is done very professionally. Evidently, they modeled the Sherlock character on...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Multiple, comfortable venues, wide variety of theatrical offerings in a picturesque town in the beautiful and historical Niagara region of Ontario. More than 50 years of highest class art!

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ShawFestival, Manager at Shaw Festival Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi John A, Thank you so much for your review! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at the Shaw Festival. Best, Alyssa

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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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