The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival Accommodations

From April 5th to October 15th, the Shaw Festival is your ticket to a theatrical wonderland. Located in scenic Niagara-on-the-lake, 11 plays spread over 4 stages make up the 2017 Shaw Festival season. The festival is celebrating its 56th season with the new festival Artistic Director Tim Carroll. Originally inspired by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, the Festival now includes a diverse production of plays from the past and present, brought to life by talented and celebrated casts and production crews.

See the 2017 performance schedule

Plan your visit to Niagara on the Lake

Niagara’s Finest Hotels has three unique boutique properties to choose from. Whether you are looking for historic Niagara charm, or contemporary luxury. We have a property that suits your unique tastes and preferences. All our hotels are in close proximity to the festival theatres and the riverfront. Our shuttle service will transport you to nearby restaurants, shopping and award-winning spas.

The Shaw Club

The Shaw Club is a luxury modern inn, conveniently located directly across the street from the main Shaw Festival theater. This is not your typical hotel, it feels more like a private club. During your stay, you will be treated like a VIP member. Visit us to see how our commitment to service can uplift your Shaw Festival getaway.

Harbour House

Experience quiet comfort on the lake at this peaceful waterfront property. During your stay at Harbour House, you will enjoy comfortable, nautical themed accommodations, with harbour views of the Niagara River. From the moment you arrive for your Shaw Festival getaway, you’ll wish you could spend every day here. Our thoughtful blend of bright, airy comfort with high-end details will ensure you will return again and again.

The Charles Hotel

True Niagara hospitality awaits you at The Charles Hotel. The Charles Hotel has all the quirk, charm and character that you would expect of Niagara on the Lake. Our hotel property boasts spacious grounds with verdant lawns, shade trees, and flower gardens. Experience true relaxation, and feel welcomed like you were staying with a family friend, be surrounded by gracious hospitality everyday. Book your Shaw Festival getaway in one of our 12 unique guest suites, and discover why our guests have been returning since 1832.

2017 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

Me and My Girl

Me and My Girl

April 5 - October 15 @ Festival Theatre

A visit to the falls is never a disappointment. And with so many tourist attractions, the short, beautiful drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake is always worth it. Family friendly activities, exciting attractions and corny but fun museums await.

Official Site: Me and My Girl at the Shaw Festival
Saint Joan

Saint Joan

May 3 - October 15 @ Festival Theatre

Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan visits the life of teenaged Joan of Arc. This play asks the question: Was Joan really on a quest from God?

Official Site: Saint Joan at the Shaw Festival


July 8 - October 14 @ Festival Theatre

In Liz Lochhead's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, vampires aren't the only thing that are feared; in this modern version of the classic, female desires frighten the men of Victorian England just as much as the monsters do.

Official Site: Dracula at the Shaw Festival
1837 The Farmer's Revolt

1837: The Farmers' Revolt

May 7 - October 8 @ Court House Theatre

Not willing to just let their land be taken by corrupt government officials, the struggling settlers of Canada's Upper forests take to Toronto's streets in protest in this classic, first seen in 1973.

Official Site: 1837: The Farmer's Revolt at the Shaw Festival
Androcles and the Lion

Androcles and the Lion

June 6 - October 7 @ Court House Theatre

It's easy to be pulled into Shaw's Androcles and the Lion - literally. This interactive play tells a comedic story of men waiting to be thrown into the lion pits of the Colosseum, and what they may have been thinking of.

Official Site: Androcles and the Lion at the Shaw Festival
Wilde Tales

Wilde Tales

June 8 - October 7 @ Court House Theatre

Oscar Wilde invites children into a magical world in this collection of four of his plays; The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket, and The Selfish Giant. All promise to enthrall and create wonder in the heart of any child that watched them - no matter the age.

Official Site: Wilde Tales at the Shaw Festival
The Madness of George III

The Madness of George III

April 11 - October 15 @ Royal George Theatre

Alan Bennet's play explores the human side of the monarchy in The Madness of George III. When the king's mind and body start to deteriorate, what happens to the State?

Official Site: The Madness of George III at the Shaw Festival
Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

May 14 - October 15 @ Royal George Theatre

In 1930's Ireland, five women struggle to exist in a land that equally fills their hearts with sorrow and moves their feet to dance.

Official Site: Dancing at Lughnasa at the Shaw Festival
An Octoroon

An Octoroon

July 16 - October 14 @ Royal George Theatre

A play about racial tolerance from 1859 is given new breath by young playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. An Octoroon explores the attitudes towards race from then and now in a hilarious -and intensely uncomfortable- way.

Official Site: An Octoroon at the Shaw Festival


July 16 - October 14 @ Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Average people in an average town pursuing that most average human desire - to matter. Watch as a town full of people go searching for love in the most unusual ways.

Official Site: Middletown at the Shaw Festival


May 1 - October 14 @ Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

View the short-lived career of Joe Clark, one of Canada's least celebrated prime minister, through the eyes of Michael Healey, Canada's most celebrated playwright.

Official Site: 1979 at the Shaw Festival

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