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Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

George Bernard Shaw's bond with Niagara-on-the-Lake has never been stronger. The Shaw festival, which specializes in the works of Shaw and his contemporaries began in 1962 at the Court House Theatre.


Festival Theatre opened in 1973. This proscenium playhouse, designed by Canadian architect Ron Thom (1923-1986), houses the company's grand works.

Royal George Theatre - The former vaudeville theatre specializes in Shaw's mysteries, musicals and all-around merriment. It is available for the company's more accessible shows, performed in the heart of downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Court House Theatre today stages the company's more challenging plays. With just 324 seats, and an intimate atmosphere, it offers some of the Canada's most vibrant live theatre.

Shaw Festival's Court House Theatre

The Court House was constructed in 1847 and designed by notable architect, William Thomas and it was originaly built as the seat of government for Lincoln County. The building included a jail, courtroom and market hall. Location: 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

There is not many towns left that have preserved their heritage so successfully as Niagara-on-the-Lake, the "Prettiest Town in Canada". This beautiful little community is like postcard to the past. The Shaw Festival and world-renowned wineries contribute a lot to the town's wonderful appeal.

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