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.
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+.
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!
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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