Theatre enthusiasts can rejoice because the Shaw Festival 2016 is here with a delightful array of plays starting April and going right up till October. As usual, the plays will be staged at four theatres in Niagara-on-the-Lake – the Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, the Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre. The Shaw festival has been entertaining theatre lovers every year and 2016 will be no different. There’s a wonderful mix of plays appealing to all age groups. Watch Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God and several other engaging and thought-provoking plays.
Here are the plays that you can watch at the Festival Theatre…
2016 Shaw Festival Theatre Line-up
Alice in Wonderland
Catch the all-new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which will have its world premiere at the Festival Theatre. Peter Hinton has adapted the new stage version based on the book by Lewis Carroll. The music is by Allen Cole and features 19 original songs. Several generations of readers are familiar with the adventures of Alice, the ten year old girl who falls into a hole leading to several interesting situations. With endearing characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts, the play will appeal to children aged 8+ and adults.
A Woman of No Importance
A witty look at how society’s public values affects people’s personal lives, A Woman of No Importance was written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Eda Holmes, the play takes a look at the lives of people in English upper class society. It throws light on the differences in rules that govern men and women through the main characters Gerald Arbuthnot, his mother Mrs Arbuthnot and other high society folk. Additionally, a young American girl– Hester Worsley–spices up things with her observations on English society. This interesting play is recommended for ages 12+
Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (A Musical Thriller)
Sweeney Todd is based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond and originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. Love and revenge are the main themes of the play that centres around two men Anthony Hope and Sweeney Todd as well as other characters who are linked to their lives. It blends comedy and horror to come up with a wonderful story that audiences will most definitely enjoy. Directed for the Shaw Festival by Jackie Maxwell with musical direction by Paul Sportelli, the play can be watched by those aged 14 and above.
You can also check out the interesting plays that will be staged at the Court House Theatre. Anton Chekov’s wonderful story Uncle Vanya explores human feelings and has been adapted for the festival by Annie Baker. “Master Harold” …and the Boys by Athol Fugard is a story set in South Africa during the apartheid era. It explores themes of racism and inequality. The third play at this theatre is about a young African girl who sets out to find God in The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.
The 2016 Shaw Festival Theatre line-up is stellar to say the least. Stay at the closest hotel to Niagara Falls, the Marriott on the Falls. View our Niagara Falls Hotel Packages