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Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival Accommodations

From April to December 2020, the Shaw Festival is your ticket to a theatrical wonderland. Located in scenic Niagara-on-the-lake, 13 plays spread over 3 stages make up the 2019 Shaw Festival season. The festival is celebrating its 59th 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 2020 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.

2020 Shaw Festival Performance Schedule

Gypsy at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Gypsy

Festival Theatre | April 8 - October 11, 2020

If you’re looking for intrigue, the extraordinary and a spark of sass and sex, the Gypsy musical will have you raising your eyebrows at and utterly captivated by the talented Rose family. Watch as Gypsy Rose Lee, the world’s most famous striptease artist, is pushed by Momma Rose upward towards a life of renown – that may be equally as lonely as it is rewarding.

Gypsy dates & ticket information
The Devil’s Disciple at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Devil’s Disciple

Festival Theatre | May 14 - October 9, 2020

Step back in time toward Revolution-era New England where you will join a Presbyterian minister in his dealings with British soldiers. Named by his opponents, “the Devil’s disciple,” Dick Dudgeon – and his crafty wiles – will surprise you and have you laughing, cheering and sneering throughout this sharply-witted comedy. Enjoy Bernard Shaw’s first major hit, which incorporates all the light, dark and danger of a time of turmoil, while focusing on strongly built key characters.

The Devil’s Disciple dates & ticket information
Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse

Festival Theatre | June 21 - October 18, 2020

Welcome to the dark underbelly of a case championed by the world’s most famous detective. For those most familiar with Sherlock Holmes’s typically impersonal approach to investigation, this play may come as a surprise. After discovering his uncle has died in mysterious circumstances, Holmes revisits the places of his youth to uncover how his cherished relative died – and who may be next. Tick tock, Holmes and Watson, your time is running out.

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse dates & ticket information
Mahabharata at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Mahabharata Part 1 and Part 2

Festival Theatre | August 15 - September 19, 2020

See how Shaw Festival’s collaboration with Why Not Theatre has generated one of the most mystical and engaging retellings of a Sanskrit epic we can all learn a lesson – or many - from. This story, which is more than 4,000 years old and fundamental to Indian culture, tells of familial tensions while exploring broad humanist themes and deep meanings.

Mahabharata Part 1 – Karma: The Life We Inherit

Begin this epic and visually stunning adventure by exploring the heart of Indian history and culture. This story begins when the world was born at the origin of the rival Pandava and Kaurava clans. Imagine all our fates being decided by a Game of Dice. As the families play, their choices – and rolls – set the tone for generations to come. Quickly replacing the innocence and peace of the world when it was first created, you’ll soon be delved into the corruptive nature of power.

Mahabharata Part 2 - Dharma: The Life We Choose

Thanks to the decisions of the Pandavas and Kauravas, the world is in a frightening state. Battles must be forged – and not all externally, but largely within and between the people we hope to be. Watch as the players in this epic narrative attempt to navigate a treacherous landscape where the many who destroyed have quickly become the few who must rebuild a better world.

Mahabharata Part 1 & Part 2 dates & ticket information
Charley’s Aunt at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Charley’s Aunt

Royal George Theatre | April 2 - October 17, 2020

Need a good laugh? Look no further than this raucous comedy about Charley and Jack – pair of gentlemen who desperately want to win over their college sweethearts. Find out what happens when the crux of their momentous lunch plans falls through and they must – very expediently – figure out a way to pull Charley’s aunt out of a fantastical hat. Prepare for nose-crinkling, belly-shaking laughter that will remind you just how far some people will go for love.

Charley’s Aunt dates & ticket information
Prince Caspian at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Prince Caspian

Royal George Theatre | April 23 - September 5, 2020

What can one Prince and four children possibly do to rescue the magical land of Narnia? Find out during this adventure-filled retelling of the captivating C.S. Lewis book. Watch as these unlikely heroes combine courage with wit and imagination to tackle fearsome enemies and save gallant friends. Welcome to the breathtaking world of Narnia – we hope you’ll believe in it as much as we do.

Prince Caspian dates & ticket information
Flush at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Flush

Royal George Theatre | June 5 - October 10, 2020

Have you heard of the awe-inspiring romance between Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning? If not, prepare to have your season transformed into one of utter romance, as you witness the heart-warming connection between an unlikely poet and her handsome counterpart through the eyes of her faithful companion. Crafted by the genius of Virginia Woolf, this production features the world’s most famous cocker spaniel – and the dog mom he loves more than life itself.

Flush dates & ticket information
Assassins at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Assassins

Royal George Theatre | July 11 - October 10, 2020

While murder isn’t typically a great source of inspiration for music, Stephen Sondheim turns the creative power of a corrupted plot into a beautiful nationalistic piece about American history. Learn more about some of the most infamous assassins of all time as Sondheim focuses on nine of the personalities who attempted – or succeeded – to end the lives of America’s presidents. Bloody, brilliant and thought-provoking, this production is all wrapped up in the exceptional music of one of the world’s greats.

Assassins dates & ticket information
The Playboy of the Western World at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Playboy of the Western World

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre | May 6 - September 6, 2020

How can you tell the difference between a cold-blooded murderer and a romantic prospect? Apparently, in the wild West of Ireland, differentiating between the two becomes complicated by your wants and intentions. Christy Mahon, who wants desperately to escape the monotonous future of marrying a farmer, seems willing to ignore many red flags when a handsome – and potentially dangerous – stranger walks into her little town.

The Playboy of the Western World dates & ticket information
Desire Under the Elms at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Desire Under the Elms

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre | June 4 - October 10, 2020

There’s a thin line between love and hatred in Eugene O’Neill’s masterful reworking of a traditional Greek tragedy within an American Gothic setting. The premise is a son who wants to protect his father from his new young wife. The two main characters seem to loathe each other equally – and entirely – but perhaps there’s more going on behind the farmhouse walls than either lets on. You’ll have to visit the Shaw Festival to find out.

Desire Under the Elms dates & ticket information
Trouble in Mind at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Trouble in Mind

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre | July 17 - October 10, 2020

This production by Alice Childress continues to be relevant – especially within today’s often divisive climate. What should have been the first Broadway play put on by a black woman because a telling satire about racial tension and the barriers to opportunity faced by talented minority artists. Watch as Childress refuses to compromise or stay quiet about the struggles she – and people who look like her – face when trying to follow the dreams they much deserve to attain.

Trouble in Mind dates & ticket information
Me and My Girl at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Me and My Girl

Festival Theatre | November 13 - December 23, 2020

The Shaw Festival consistently puts out a robust offering of productions, so you know one has to be truly exceptional to return to Niagara’s great stage after such a short hiatus. Shaw goers fell in love with Michael Therriault in 2017, during this production, and he’s back again to steal hearts in the role that earned him such warm acclaim. Watch as this talented performer woos an equally infectious love interest during the holiday season.

Locations and dates to come, sign up to Me and My Girl dates & ticket information

A Christmas Carol at the 2020 SHAW Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

A Christmas Carol

Royal George Theatre | November 8 – December 23, 2020

This classic rarely requires an introduction. Beloved since the days of Dickens, A Christmas Carol is the quintessential holiday film that warms hearts and brings tears to the cheeks of audience members from around-the-world. Spend a snowy evening with Scrooge and indulge in beautiful carols and wonderfully warm Christmastime magic. Bring your whole family for a simply stunning production that is as full of sentiment as it is talent.

A Christmas Carol dates & ticket information

2020 SHAW Festival Play Images Courtesy of SHAW Festival *

Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect stage for the ideal theatre getaway

Tickets for the Shaw Festival go quickly, so choose your performance(s) today and begin to plan an exciting trip to the Niagara region to indulge in the internationally-recognized talent and energy that defines the theatrical experiences in our charming town.

Book your SHAW festival getaway in Niagara-on-the-Lake with Niagara’s Finest Hotels and allow us to top off your theatrical adventure with gorgeous accommodations, delicious dining and award-winning service. The show is always going on in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

* Performance posters/images courtesy of the SHAW Festival

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