Shaw Fest Adventure

September 19-22, 2017
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Three nights, four shows & more!

Shaw Festival theatresThe AACT Shaw Fest Adventure 2017 begins Tuesday, September 19, 2017 with a night in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the beautiful Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel Fallsview & Spa. Tuesday evening will be free to enjoy awesome Niagara Falls, experience amazing restaurants, sight-see, and visit the fabulous casino next to the hotel. (In an article in the April 2017 Bottom Line magazine, Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, recommends “7 Overlooked Destinations” for travelers.  And one of them is “one of the prettiest little towns almost in America—Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.”)

The adventure continues Wednesday through Friday at the Queens Landing Niagara-on-the-Lake Hotel and Spa, where participants will attend four Shaw Festival productions. In addition to the four shows, the AACT Shaw Fest Adventure includes a backstage tour, post-show chat, and more!

NOTE: U.S. travelers must have valid passports to visit Canada.

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Productions & Activities Include:

Wednesday 11:30 am
Wilde Tales (Lunchtime One-Act)
Stories for Young and Old 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.

Wednesday 8:00 pm
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.

Thursday 9:00 am Backstage Tour

Thursday 2:00 pm
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.

Thursday 8:00 pm
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



Ground transportation on Wednesday from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Friday return will be provided.

Options for arriving in Niagara Falls on Tuesday afternoon include a chartered bus from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a shuttle from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).  Or guests plan their own travel to Niagara Falls.

Something for Everyone
The Shaw Festival is a major nonprofit Canadian theatre festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the second largest repertory theatre company in North America. Founded in 1962, its original mandate was to stimulate interest in George Bernard Shaw and his period, and to advance the development of theatre arts in Canada.

The Shaw Festival presents plays in four distinctive theatres: the Festival Theatre, the Shaw’s flagship theatre, the historic Court House Theatre where The Shaw first began performing; the Royal George Theatre, modeled after an Edwardian opera house; and the Studio Theatre, the home of the Festival's contemporary Shavians in an intimate 175-seat space. All theatres are within a short walking distance of each other.

Just 25 minutes outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, the Shaw Festival is situated in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in North America. Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions, stunning scenery and friendly culture. There is a surprising array of Niagara things to do, from shopping to fine dining to music and art.

Watch for more details here in the weeks and months to come!

  • For AACT's Shaw Fest Adventure registration information, click here.
  • For general information about the Shaw Festival, click here.
  • For an overview of the 2017 season's productions, click here.
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