SHAW FESTIVAL 2017 (April 1 – October 15, 2017)


Experience world-class theatre in Niagara’s blissful wine country. From April to October, the Shaw Festival is bringing you 11 plays on four scenic stages, rounded off with numerous side events and activities.



Being one of Canada’s finest cultural attractions, The Shaw is drawing in over 250,000 spectators into the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake every year. This year, the crew is celebrating it’s 56th season and is performing over ten productions spread across four theatres.

Head out into this beautiful country town that is so rich in history and cultural heritage and enjoys some of the best theatre pieces ever created. Whether you prefer eccentric comedies, striking dramas or classic theatre, the festival program won’t let you down. Inspired by the work of Irish playwright Bernard Shaw, the festival has grown into a true icon on North America’s cultural map.

The celebrated theatre ensemble of the Shaw Festival artfully combines plays from the past, present and future. Set up in a very contemporary style, each piece is provocative, surprising, funny and entertaining and all together, they promise a theatre experience that is pretty much unrivalled in the country. Every year, the passionate team of actors, directors and designers is pulling off an incredibly diverse array of skills and talent. Each play is lovingly brought to the stage and leaves the audience with unforgettable memories and inspiration.


The Story

The festival was brought to life in Niagara-on-the-lake in 1962 when local lawyer and playwright Brian Doherty wanted to share his love and passion for Bernard Shaw’s most celebrated pieces with a wider audience. To pay him a worthy tribute, Doherty organized a summer theatre festival, showing eight performances of Don Juan in Hell and Candida in the Court House auditorium. That said, the Shaw Festival is a result of passion and belief into theatre and culture that has been captivating large audiences for over fifty seasons. It’s unique stories are filled with humanity and humour and have returned to Niagara-on-the-Lake year after year.



The Shaw Festival is hosting its plays in four distinctive venues, all within walking distance in the Old Town:

The Festival Theatre

Court House Theatre

Royal George Theatre

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre


The plays of the 2017 season:

Me and My Girl
Saint Joan
1837: The Farmers’ Revolt
Androcles and the Lion
Stories for Children
The Madness of George III
Dancing at Lughnasa
An Octoroon



All four theatres of the Shaw Festival are located in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake and are separated by just a short walking distance. You can find addresses and parking information for each theatre on the Shaw Festival Website.

Alternatively, you can simply set your GPS to the Memorial Clock Tower at 26 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake – that way, you’ll arrive right in the heart of town.


At the Festival Theatre and Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre, parking is available for a fee of $15 per performance (cash only, there is a bank machine in the lobby though). Limited parking for people with disabilities is also available for the same fee.

For the Court House Theatre and the Royal George Theatre, parking is available (metered and non-metered) on the streets around the theatre. Please allow extra time to find a parking space.



Date: April 1 – October 14, 2017

Time: between 1 pm and 10 pm

Cost: $33 – $132

Location: The Festival Theatre (main venue), 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0