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Updated: Feb 4, 2020

The Shaw Festival Theatre

Feb 25, 2019 by Roy Berko

It's still cold and snowing, especially in the eastern provinces of our neighbors to the north, but things are heating up in Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of Canada's Shaw Festival. It's getting closer to

"curtain up, light the lights at Shaw Festival 2020".

DESIRE UNDER THE ELMSJune 4 - October 10

Rural New England provides the setting for Eugene O’Neill’s dramatic American classic.


AssassinsJuly 11 - October 10

Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical about the assassins and would-be assassins of American presidents.


MAHABHARATAAugust 15 - September 19

A modern retelling of an epic Sanskrit poem.

THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLEMay 14 - October 9

A comedy, an adventure and a love story set at the height of the American Revolution.

Sondheim Sing-Along

Festival Theatre

Learn about and sing along to the music of acclaimed lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim.

Mystery and Mayhem

Festival Theatre

NEW! Why do stories about murder and mystery – like Assassins, Desire Under the Elms and Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse – intrigue us?

Continue the ConversationJoin fellow patrons for an engaging, guided discussion.LEARN MOREMulti-play PackagesBuy 3+ shows, SAVE 15% Buy 5+ shows, SAVE 20% Buy 8+ shows, SAVE 25%WAYS TO SAVEShaw ExpressGetting to The Shaw from downtown Toronto has never been easier. © Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Box 774, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0, Canada

January 2020

Shaw's 2020 line up of plays.

run Apr. 2-Oct. 18, 2020

Gypsy, The Devil’s Disciple,

Sherlock Holmes and

The Raven’s Curse, Mahabharata,

Charley’s Aunt, Prince Caspian,

Flush, Assassins,

The Playboy of the Western World,

Desire Under the Elms , Trouble in Mind


Jan. 4 - Feb. 22, 2020 The Shaw Film Series returns again this year. Films are shown every Saturday starting at 3 pm. with a number of great movies being shown.

The Shaw's Artistic Director,

Tim Carroll says, of varied play choices in this, his fourth season as "I could afford to be bold in my [play] choices, because of the incredible Ensemble there."

The season, which opens on April 6 and runs through December 22, has audiences experiencing musicals, passion, crime, laughter, pure escapism, and romance.

Reserve your tickets:


Many Clevelanders' take the four-hour drive up to "The Shaw," as it is called by locals, just to participate in theater. Others tour the "most beautiful little city in Canada," eat at the many restaurants and go shopping for Canadian goods. Some take a side trip to Niagara Falls to see the world's water wonder or to gamble. Experience the-rapids on the Niagara River. Some go for a round or two of golf. Whatever, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a wonderful year round adventure, winter, spring, summer or fall. The Shaw Festival Theatre runs from mid April to the end of October, made up of 3 theartres in town.

There are some fine restaurants. The Grill on King Street (905-468-7222, 233 King Street), Ginger Restaurant (905-468-3871, 390 Mary Street) and Niagara's Finest Thai (905-468-1224), 88 Picton Street, with Old Winery, (2228 Niagara Stone Road/905-468-8900), a worth-while ten-minute ride from downtown.


It's a good idea to make both theater and lodging reservations early, especially on weekends.

Make demi's place b&b your home away from home while staying in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this beautiful and well-placed bed and breakfast (www.demisplacebb.ca), fabulous breakfasts and immaculate rooms, located 3 blocks from Queen Street, in the historical district of the old town.

For information on other B&B's www.bookyourstay.ca

Sentineal Carriages

offers visitors horse drawn carriage rides through Niagara on the Lake’s historic downtown. Any time of year, winter, spring summer or fall is the perfect time to take a romantic carriage ride. Throw a blanket over your lap, hold your sweetie tight, and enjoy a truly unique experience as you trot through one of Ontario’s most picturesque towns.

Niagara Riding Stables

Hourseback Trails Rides along the Niagara Escarpmnt

Tourism Niagara

Explore Niagara Canada? Think again. Find things to do

Kurtz Orchards

Kurtz Orchards Farms and Marketplace in Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Fort George

The Friends of Fort George, located in the historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Zoom Leisure Bike Renals, & Wine Tours

Cycle along the shores of the Niagara River to The Falls.

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