Founded in 1962, the Shaw Festival is known today as one of the leading repertory theatres in the English-speaking world. It began life in the 19th century courthouse, now the Court House Theatre. The flagship Festival Theatre (also home of the intimate Studio Theatre) opened in 1973, with the Royal George Theatre—a renovated vaudeville house dating from 1915—added in 1980. Each production is designed to be enhanced by the theatre in which it is presented.
Each summer, Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts a music festival featuring world-class international and Canadian musicians and a wide range of musical genres in spectacular settings including churches, concert halls, parks and wineries.
The festival has become an important component of the cultural landscape in Niagara and is considered a leading force in developing Niagara's reputation as a major North American centre for the performing arts. Music Niagara has an international reputation for presenting a variety of music genres of the highest calibre and is recognized as a world-class summer music festival, attracting locals and tourists from around the world as well as a passionate and loyal local following.
There's more to Niagara-on-the-Lake than theatre and wineries as it continues to develop into a strong regional centre for the arts. A few other reasons for taking a trip to the area include: