C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew at The Shaw Festival 2018

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Kyle Blair as Aslan and Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew with the cast of The Magician’s Nephew. Photo by David Cooper.
Kyle Blair as Aslan and Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew with the cast of The Magician’s Nephew. Photo by David Cooper.

As Torontonians, we’re so lucky to be within a 90-minute drive of first class theatre in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you’ve never been to The Shaw Festival, named after George Bernard Shaw, it’s time to make a day or weekend of it. The Shaw Festival theatres are located in the heart of downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, which means you can shop and enjoy lunch at sidewalk cafes on Queen Street before or after the show. There are also several historic bed & breakfasts, inns and hotels within walking distance of the theatres. We’re giving away tickets for a family (2 adults and 2 kids) to see C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew at The Shaw Festival 2018 …see giveaway details below.

Queen Street, Niagara on the Lake
Queen Street, Niagara on the Lake

The playbill for The Shaw Festival 2018 features musicals, comedies, mysteries and dramas – something for everyone. The festival will be staging the world premiere of C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew from April 4 to October 13, 2018. The story takes place in Victorian London where young Digory and his friend Polly discover a magical portal into another world — but accidentally unleash a dark force that could destroy them all. Packed with stellar performances and spine-tingling music, The Magician’s Nephew will be performed at the Festival Theatre. Run time is 2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission. Recommended for ages 6+.

Kyle Blair as Aslan and Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew with the cast of The Magician’s Nephew. Photo by David Cooper.
Kyle Blair as Aslan and Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew with the cast of The Magician’s Nephew. Photo by David Cooper.

Below are the other plays at The Shaw Festival 2018 organized by theatre:

Plays at the Festival Theatre

  • Grand Hotel – May 3 to Oct. 14, 2018 – Ten guests check into the Grand Hotel in Berlin during the Roaring Twenties and encounter love, betrayal and murder in this musical.
  • Mythos: Gods – May 24 – July 15, 2018 – Master storyteller Stephen Fry tells tales of Greek gods, heroes and men in this trilogy.
  • Mythos: Heroes – May 24 – July 15, 2018 – Master storyteller Stephen Fry tells tales of Greek gods, heroes and men in this trilogy.
  • Mythos: Men – May 24 – July 15, 2018 – Master storyteller Stephen Fry tells tales of Greek gods, heroes and men in this trilogy.
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Aug. 1 to Oct. 27, 2018 – In this Canadian premiere, Sherlock Holmes must find the murderer of Sir Baskerville. A darkly fun mystery!
Fiona Byrne as She and Martin Happer as He in Stage Kiss at The Shaw Festival 2018. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Fiona Byrne as She and Martin Happer as He in Stage Kiss at The Shaw Festival 2018. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Plays at the Royal George Theatre

  • Stage Kiss – Apr. 11 to Sept. 1, 2018 – Two ex-lovers must perform in the same play in this romantic comedy.
  • Of Marriage and Men – May 13 to Sept. 9, 2018 – A comedy double bill of George Bernard Shaw includes How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny.
  • O’Flaherty V.C. – May 31 to Oct. 6, 2018. In Bernard Shaw’s one act play,  Dennis O’Flaherty must recruit more Irishmen to fight in the war – a war which he has neglected to tell his mother that he is fighting for the English.
  • Oh What a Lovely War – July 14 to Oct. 13, 2018 – This musical follows Canadian soldiers in WW1.

Plays at Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

  • The Orchard (After Chekhov) – June 7 to Sept. 1, 2018 – A Canadian spin on Chekhov’s play about land and loss.
  • The Baroness and the Pig – June 10 to Oct. 6, 2018 – A 19th century baroness attempts to civilize a feral girl in this story inspired by Shaw’s Pygmalion.
  • Henry V – July 22 to Oct. 28, 2018 – Canadian soldiers in WW1 are down in the trenches with copies of The Bard’s Henry V in this spin on Shakespeare’s classic.

Buy Tickets for The Shaw Festival

Purchase tickets for The Shaw Festival 2018 at the Festival Theatre Box Office daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Royal George Box Office daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. on Royal George performance nights); by calling 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172; or online.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win a Family Pack of Tickets (2 Adults, 2 Children) to The Magician’s Nephew. Winner may choose performance date in June subject to availability. Open to 18+ only.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. Niagara-On-The-Lake is a wonderful place to visit in the summertime. I love to stroll around the town and visit local wineries. The Shaw festival is just icing on the cake. It’s a really pleasant getaway…

  2. We go at least once a year, in the summer. It’s beautiful there, and the Shaw Festival is such a great experience for the whole family!

  3. We go to Niagara-on-the-Lake several times a year. Whenever we have visitors from out of town, we always take them to this picture-perfect little town — definitely one of the most beautiful towns in Canada! At least twice in the summer, we also go to the outdoor concerts in the vineyard at Jackson Triggs. And we choose at least one play each year to see at the Shaw Festival. These visits are always wonderful — great restaurants, beautiful scenery, great wineries, the theatre, that gorgeous main street, and all the charming, historic homes. Always sad to leave — and always happy to return!

  4. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never really been to Niagara on the lake so this would be a real treat& a first for me!

  5. I love Niagara-on-the-Lake and we love walking along and exploring the Main Street! My niece and nephew have never been so this would just amazing to bring them here to explore !

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