Shaw Festival 2017 Season Preview

Shaw Festival 2017 Season Preview

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual Shaw Festival is all set to entertain audiences in the 2017 season. In its latest edition, new artistic director Tim Carroll has selected 11 wonderful and thought-provoking plays to be staged at the festival.

2017 Shaw Festival Themes

The plays will be directed by newcomers to the Shaw as well as festival veterans and will cover a wide range of themes. George Bernard Shaw’s plays have always been an integral part of the festival and this edition will also feature two of his plays. Both will be directed by Tim Carroll. Musicals, gothic classics, comedies, social commentaries, political themes and children’s plays are some of the genres that will be explored through the productions at the festival. Carroll’s selection of plays has maintained the festival’s tradition of staging plays that spark conversations and engage the audiences while providing entertainment. The plays will reflect Shaw’s ability of initiating social provocations while keeping in mind the thought process of modern times.

Shaw Festival New Artistic Direction

The Shaw Festival has always been popular with audiences and Carroll’s selection of plays is an attempt to bring even more people to the theatres. Carroll’s immense experience of over 25 years and his talent will provide an interesting and surprising experience for audiences at the festival. He is an internationally-renowned director of theatre and opera, and his works have been staged in several parts of the world. His career began at the English Shakespeare Company. He was also associate director at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter as well as the Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Carroll’s productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III were immensely successful and hugely popular with audiences.

2017 Shaw Festival Theatre Productions

As is the norm, the plays will be staged at four major venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

  • Festival Theatre
  • Court House Theatre
  • Royal George Theatre
  • Studio Theatre.

Some of the plays include The Madness of George III, Middletown, Wilde Tales and others in varying genres. At the Festival Theatre, which is the main venue as well as the largest one, three plays–Me and My Girl, Saint Joan, and Dracula–will be staged.

Me and My Girl is based on Stephen Fry’s revised adaptation of the original book with inputs by Mike Ockrent. The play will be directed by Ashlie Corcoran. This Pygmalion-inspired musical follows the journey of cockney Bill Snibson as he attempts to convince a family of aristocrats that he is suitable to be the heir to the title of Earl of Hareford. George Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan explores the life, times and tribulations of the famous Joan of Arc. Tim Carroll will direct the play for the festival. The gothic classic Dracula by Bram Stoker will be presented in a sexy and unique adaptation by Liz Lochhead. It will be directed by Eda Holmes.

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