The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival Accommodations

From April 4th to December 23rd, the Shaw Festival is your ticket to a theatrical wonderland. Located in scenic Niagara-on-the-lake, 12 plays spread over 4 stages make up the 2018 Shaw Festival season. The festival is celebrating its 57th season with the 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 2018 Shaw Festival 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.

2018 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

The Magicians Nephew - Shaw Festival

The Magicians Nephew

April 4 – October 13, 2018 | Festival Theatre

Watch the prequel to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series come to life during this beautiful performance, which is set in Victorian London. Families will thoroughly enjoy this magical adventure that keeps you on your toes while reminding you that courage and friendship can overcome just about anything.

Official Site: The Magicians Nephew
Grand Hotel - Shaw Festival

Grand Hotel

May 3 – October 14 | Festival Theatre

Winner of five Tony Awards, Grand Hotel is set in Berlin during the Roaring Twenties – when anything can happen and all that glitters is gold, romance and betrayal.

Official Site: Grand Hotel
Mythos – A Trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men. - Shaw Festival

Mythos – A Trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men.

May 24 – July 15 | Festival Theatre

Mythos is an approachable (and hysterical) trilogy that presents the narratives of Greek gods, heroes and men across three separate performances. Whether you’re a classics buff or you just love to laugh, you won’t want to miss these incredible tales of bravery, triumph and all the silliness in between.

Official Site: Mythos – A Trilogy: Gods. Heroes. Men.
The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery - Shaw Festival

The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

August 1 – October 27 | Festival Theatre

We’ll give you a clue: this is a Sherlock case you’ll want to crack this festival season. During the Canadian premiere of this seductive murder mystery, audience members will get swept away in the suspense of Sir Baskerville’s murder – and how the great detective attempts to solve it.

Official Site: The Hound of Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Stage Kiss - Shaw Festival

Stage Kiss

April 11 – September 1 | Royal George Theatre

How can you pretend to be in love with your ex? If you were forced to, could you play nice? Find out how the two stars of Stage Kiss manage after the recently split couple is cast in a romantic performance.

Official Site: Stage Kiss
Of Marriage & Men - Shaw Festival

Of Marriage & Men

May 13 – September 9 | Royal George Theatre

Love and marriage can be beautiful and romantic, but they can also be hilariously tricky. Of Marriage & Men combines two infamous stories about relationships with How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny into one great adventure about love (and all the stickiness it creates).

Official Site: Of Marriage & Men
O’Flaherty V.C. - Shaw Festival

O’Flaherty V.C.

May 31 – October 6 | Royal George Theatre

All is fair in family and war is the name of the game in this one-act performance. It can be a young boy’s dream to be a war hero, but what happens when your courage lands you at the top of the ranks of a country your mum fundamentally opposes?

Official Site: O’Flaherty V.C.
Oh What a Lovely War - Shaw Festival

Oh What a Lovely War

July 14 – October 13 | Royal George Theatre

This daring performance follows musically-inclined Canadian soldiers during WW1. With each musical number, you’ll find yourself laughing, crying and praying for the loveliest-possible outcome of an ugly situation.

Official Site: Oh What a Lovely War
The Orchard (After Chekhov) - Shaw Festival

The Orchard (After Chekhov)

June 7 – September 1 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

Don’t miss this world premiere that is as creative as it is clever. Learn how Canadian immigrants adapt to new circumstances in this nod to Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard that reflects the writer’s own experiences with living in a new country.

Official Site: The Orchard (After Chekhov)
The Baroness and the Pig - Shaw Festival

The Baroness and the Pig

June 10 – October 6 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

This tale of friendship and betrayal is best suited to mature audiences who are looking for a funny and poignant performance set in the 19th century. Watch as a Baroness tries to civilize a young girl who seems to have been raised in the wild.

Official Site: The Baroness and the Pig
Henry V - Shaw Festival

Henry V

July 22 – October 28 | Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

What happens when a group of Canadian soldiers find themselves immersed in the wreckage of WW1 with copies of Shakespeare’s Henry V in their possession? Find out during this creative reimagining of the Bard’s tragic play.

Official Site: Henry V
A Christmas Carol (2018) - Shaw Festival

A Christmas Carol (2018)

November 14 – December 23 | Royal George Theatre

Get into the Christmas spirit with this Charles Dickens’ classic. Packed full of emotion and positive lessons, the only thing you’ll want to say “Bah Humbug” to during this performance is the closing curtain in the final scene.

Official Site: A Christmas Carol (2018)

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