What’s Happening at The Shaw Festival in 2017?

Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake

There are some interesting shows coming up at the Shaw next season:  Me and My Girl, inspired by Pygmalion — will it be as good as their 2011 My Fair Lady?  I am also very intrigued by 1979.  Who would have thought there would be a play about Joe Clark’s brief interlude as Canada’s Prime Minister?

FESTIVAL THEATRE

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Me and My Girl
Book and Lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber
Book revised by Stephen Fry, with contributions by Mike Ockrent
Music by Noel Gay
Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
A joyous Pygmalion-inspired musical reworked with great success by Stephen Fry.

Saint Joan
By Bernard Shaw
Directed by Tim Carroll
A new production of Shaw’s 1924 masterpiece.

Dracula
By Bram Stoker
Adapted for the stage by Liz Lochhead
Directed by Eda Holmes
Liz Lochhead’s sexy and brilliant adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic.

 

COURT HOUSE THEATRE

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1837: The Farmers’ Revolt
A play by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille
Directed by Philip Akin
A modern Canadian classic about the first stirrings of nationhood.

Androcles and the Lion
By Bernard Shaw
Directed by Tim Carroll
A fable more than eighteen centuries old, Shaw’s version borrows a pagan tale to take on the unholy alliance of religion and power.

Wilde Tales (Lunchtime One-Act)
Stories for Children
 by Oscar Wilde
Adapted for the stage by Kate Hennig
Directed by Christine Brubaker
Four beautiful and funny tales, with an interactive twist: each show will be different. Great for adults and children.

 

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

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The Madness of George III
By Alan Bennett
Directed by Kevin Bennett
Alan Bennett’s political comedy; a smash hit at the National Theatre, and an equally successful film.

Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
Directed by Krista Jackson
Brian Friel’s masterpiece about the lives and dreams of five sisters in rural Ireland.

An Octoroon
By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Peter Hinton
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ edgy and hilarious riff on Dion Boucicault’s 19th century slavery play.

 

STUDIO THEATRE

Middletown
By Will Eno
Director TBA
Will Eno’s surreal response to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is funny and moving; a modern American classic.

1979
By Michael Healey
Directed by Eric Coates
In co-production with the Great Canadian Theatre Company
A brilliant new piece on former Prime Minister Joe Clark: idealism vs. dirty politics; a defining moment in Canadian history.

Tickets to the Shaw Festival’s 2017 season will go on sale to Shaw Members beginning Saturday, November 5, 2016 and to the public on Saturday, December 3, 2016.   http://www.shawfest.com/

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