Court House Theatre

Court House Theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake: Address, Phone Number, Court House Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

Court House Theatre
4.5
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Terramarique
By Terramarique
Sitting in the seat of a long lost nurse or soldier....
Jul 2018
Oh What a Lovely War! We saw this in preview two weeks ago, and are still reflecting on the tremendous ensemble performance presented by a fine and energetic cast. A complex effort was made to tie the First World War experience of Canadian citizens of many heritages with the audience of today: one character even addresses the audience, asking us to think of the young people of the town who in 1914 sat in the same seats, innocently anticipating a short and successful overseas posting. The opening scene features a Pierrot marionette, a reference to the original version of the show based on a seaside pier in England with its troupe of Pierrot clowns. It is lifted and activated in a superbly controlled dance sequence by James Daly, who throughout demonstrates great sensitivity and physical skill. Physicality in acting is a powerful component of this production, with songs, dance, gymnastics and scene changes following in bewildering succession, backed visually by photos and old movie clips from the early twentieth century. At times this was overpowering and troubling. But then so is war. The cast works extraordinarily hard, and clearly gives every ounce of energy to this production. It is not your usual musical, and demands from its audience a certain understanding of history and society, of the cruelty and kindness of humanity, of failure and success, and a willingness to be carried away on a tide of powerful sensory stimuli.

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Marni K
Oakville, Canada96 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This venue and production is why theatre is so important and fabulous. The stage is in the historic Court House in the centre of the main street (Queen Street) Niagara on the Lake. The 55 minute play is adapted by Lisa Codrington from a short story by George Bernard Shaw. The staging and costumes are fun and interesting. The lead is brilliantly acted by Natasha Mumba and her performance is well supported by 7 wonderful actors who play multiple parts. I laughed through out the play while mentally acknowledging the value of many questions and the truths that are spoken. I loved this production. The town of Niagara on the Lake is picturesque and there are many delightful stores, restaurants, cafés and places to stay including hotels and B and B's.
Written June 13, 2016
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Mary S
LaSalle, Canada24 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Androcles and the Lion was a very good show in a very intimate theatre. It was a unique style show. It seemed very contemporary even though it was written decades ago. Audience involvement was a great aspect as well.
Written August 11, 2017
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yankeefan730
Burlington, Canada1,012 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We used to sit at the back of this theatre; now sit in the front row which puts us right on top of the actors, giving a much different perspective of what is happening on the stage. Unlike other theatres, the front row is really on top of things as you sit mere inches from the actors; in fact, keep your feet up or you might trip one of them. Sat there for a recent offering of The Adventures of the Black Girl Seeking God, this year's noon hour production at Shaw. As always, great acting, interesting set design, interesting adaptation to put this on the court house stage.
Written June 20, 2016
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justhanna
Pittsburgh, PA12 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
I've been here often in this old court house. It has a smaller stage for more intimate plays which are always terrific. What's not so terrific are the hard and uncomfortable chairs!! Also there are a lot of stairs and this past season it had a non functioning elevator. It is definitely NOT handicapped accessible.
Written November 19, 2014
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J3r3my72
Mount Hope, Canada91 contributions
Jun 2016
We enjoy A Black Girls Search for God. This production was incredible and very amusing. Recommended for first time theater goers.
Written June 18, 2016
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Carlotta
Wickenburg, AZ101 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This 2015 production was an extraordinary summer treat. Beautiful stark set, haunting music, and a veteran cast that kept the audience enthralled. The actors and director found Ibsen's humor, pathos, and madness in the script and shared their discoveries freely with the audience. Beautiful moments to behold. Ibsen is not dated in the hands of this Shaw Festivals cast and crew. The Court House Theatre is an intimate space with front-of-house staff who are gracious, helpful and seat the audience with care and attention. The Shaw Festival is a theatrical gem. Loved wandering the quaint shops around the theaters with abundant choices for food, libations, and ice cream. Free parking can be found within walking distance of the theaters. Check out the wine shops and vineyards in the area.
Written July 16, 2015
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Mara I
Grimsby, Canada6 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
My first experience at the Court House Theatre and what a wonderful experience. Such an interesting venue, seeped in history. The theatre is so intimate you are almost on stage with the actors. I loved the story behind the play. Ellida and the sailor pledging their love by joining their rings together and throwing them into the sea . So romantic. Then Ellida ending up marrying the Dr. and feeling trapped and suffocated in her marriage.The cast was brilliant. The character, Hilde's antics made me chuckle inbetween feeling such angst for Ellida. Thoroughly enjoyed the play.
Written June 22, 2015
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Terri G
Millbrook54 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Small and Intimate, full of history. comfortable and not a bad seat to be had. Seats are grouped in such a way as to be close to the action.
Written September 25, 2014
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DaveLon
London, Canada245 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Theatre is now closed and a sad loss to the Shaw festival experience. This was our,favourite venue it needed to be closed for safety and handicap reasons.
Written August 19, 2018
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Terramarique
Dundas, Ontario.64 contributions
Jul 2018
Oh What a Lovely War! We saw this in preview two weeks ago, and are still reflecting on the tremendous ensemble performance presented by a fine and energetic cast. A complex effort was made to tie the First World War experience of Canadian citizens of many heritages with the audience of today: one character even addresses the audience, asking us to think of the young people of the town who in 1914 sat in the same seats, innocently anticipating a short and successful overseas posting.
The opening scene features a Pierrot marionette, a reference to the original version of the show based on a seaside pier in England with its troupe of Pierrot clowns. It is lifted and activated in a superbly controlled dance sequence by James Daly, who throughout demonstrates great sensitivity and physical skill. Physicality in acting is a powerful component of this production, with songs, dance, gymnastics and scene changes following in bewildering succession, backed visually by photos and old movie clips from the early twentieth century. At times this was overpowering and troubling. But then so is war.
The cast works extraordinarily hard, and clearly gives every ounce of energy to this production. It is not your usual musical, and demands from its audience a certain understanding of history and society, of the cruelty and kindness of humanity, of failure and success, and a willingness to be carried away on a tide of powerful sensory stimuli.
Written August 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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