Spending the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake certainly should be something to do on your ‘bucket list’. It is one of those quaint little towns that you feel like you stepped back into time and stepped upon a lovely little town. Of course when you spend the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake it is a must to check out a show at The Shaw Festival Theatre.
The Shaw Festival shows date back to a more simpler time and focus around the legend George Bernard Shaw. Back in 1962 Brian Doherty, a playwright and Niagara-area lawyer started The Shaw Festival to showcase Shaw’s life. He wanted to parallel his love for Shaw’s magical plays and thus in the opening summer eight performances were produced including ‘Don Juan in Hell’ and ‘Candida’. The shows itself relate to everything Shaw-like with plays showcasing those of Shaw himself and also other playwrights written during Shaw’s lifetime. Now with four different theaters, you certainly can take your pick at a more intimate or large-scale showing. The Festival, Court House, Royal George & Studio Theaters cater to large and small crowds. The Festival Theater, even with it’s 869 seats, still creates an intimate feel. Each of the buildings the theaters are in resemble the unique history of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which adds even more luster to the whole appeal of The Shaw Festival plays.
If you are one who loves every little thing about the theater, than you may want to consider purchasing a tour package when checking out a play or two. Packages range from over-night stays in top of the line Niagara hotels to tours of the playhouses. Many of the packages allow for the complete Niagara-on-the-Lake experience, so if you’re looking to be apart of all things Niagara for the night, then by purchasing a captivating play package should be yours for the taking. And if you want to take it one step further and become apart of the theater in any way possible, than peak your head onto The Shaw Festival’s website which showcases how you can become anything from a volunteer to partaking in The Shaw Theater School created just for youth.
When you walk down the streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake when The Shaw Festival is in season you truly feel how passionate local Niagara folks are about the festival. The festival starts in April and ends at the beginning of December. Venture off to their website to learn even more about the magical memories you will create when purchasing tickets to The Shaw Festival. Every year since that first play, the Festival ‘provokes the mind and stirs the soul’ through a theatre experience that will have you compelled to come back every year.