Arts & Culture
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.
Summary of the 2018 season:
- The Magician’s Nephew
- A World premiere prequel to C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.
- Grand Hotel
- The lives of ten hotel guests collide over one unforgettable night.
- Mythos: A Trilogy
- Stephen Fry relates gripping tales of the Greek gods, heroes and men who still echo today.
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
- Sir Baskerville has been scared to death — literally. Now deductive genius Sherlock Holmes is on the case to find the murderer.
- Stage Kiss
- By Sarah Ruhl. Two bitter exes are cast in the same play as passionate lovers.
- Of Marriage & Men
- Two of G.B. Shaw's best short plays about marriage in a single comedic show.
- O'Flaherty, V.C.
- Dennis O’Flaherty has been sent back from the front to recruit more Irishmen to the war. The only problem? He neglected to tell his Irish Nationalist mother he’s fighting for the English.
- Oh What a Lovely War
- Joan Littlewood's WWI musical about the business of war.
- A Christmas Carol
- A dramatization of Dickens' novel performed from 14 November to 23 December 2018.
- The Orchard (After Chekhov)
- By Serena Parmar. A modern Canadian spin on Chekhov’s powerhouse play about land and loss.
- The Baroness and the Pig
- By Michael Mackenzie. A Baroness. A feral girl. A Pygmalion-inspired tale of friendship and revenge.
- Henry V
- By William Shakespeare. A troop of Canadian soldiers is hunkered down in a dugout during WWI with some copies of Shakespeare’s Henry V for company. As they enter the death-haunted, morally ambiguous world of the play, the play enters theirs.
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.
Other Events, Festivals and Venues
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:
- The Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts: Combining classical music and jazz with wine, culinary, and visual arts.
- The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF): Pairing premiere festival films with the hospitality of the Niagara Wine Region.
- The Niagara Jazz Festival: A not-for-profit festival dedicated to celebrating jazz in the Niagara Region through a series of multi-venue concerts, educational initiatives, happenings and free events.
- Numerous art galleries and pottery studios, including the Angie Strauss Gallery, Doug Forsythe Gallery, Lakeside Pottery, Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, RiverBrink Art Museum, and many more.