Our Theatres

The Shaw Festival presents plays in four distinctive theatres: the Festival Theatre – The Shaw’s flagship theatre, the historic Court House Theatre where The Shaw first began performing, the Royal George Theatre, modeled after an Edwardian opera house and the Studio Theatre, the home of our contemporary Shavians in our 175-seat most intimate space. All theatres are within a short walking distance of each other.

festival-theatre.16Festival Theatre

10 Queen’s Parade

The Festival Theatre is The Shaw’s flagship theatre. This beautiful proscenium-arch theatre, lined with British Columbia cedar, seats 856, and features a Café and The Shawp, a retail shop featuring theatre memorabilia and the work of theatre and Niagara artisans. Enjoy your lunch or dinner or even just a light snack on our beautiful outdoor patio, with indoor seating also available. Pre-show and at intermission, sit under the wisteria and take in the peaceful grounds and reflecting pond, wander to our secret garden or shop for theatre souvenirs to bring home. Order a glass of wine or a play-themed cocktail from our well stocked bar. You can pre-order your drink for intermission and it will be waiting for you, giving you more time to enjoy our serene and stunning surroundings.

For Festival seating chart with seat numbers, click here.

Accessibility

Special Access seating available in Row R. Click here for more information.

court-house-theatre

Court House Theatre

26 Queen St.

Located right on Queen Street amidst the shops, parks and historic town centre sits the Court House Theatre, a national historic site dating from the 1840s. The Court House is where the Shaw Festival began in 1962. The building’s upper level combines an intimate 327-seat auditorium with a thrust stage and also features a convenient bar where you can pre-order your drink for intermission.

For Court House seating chart with seat numbers, click here..

Accessibility

There is no special access seating. Click here for more information.

royal-george-theatreRoyal George Theatre

85 Queen St.

This 313-seat theatre – right in the heart of the old town – was built as a vaudeville house to entertain the troops stationed in Niagara-on-the-Lake during World War I. The Royal George presents a modest exterior, but inside it’s all Edwardian gilt mouldings, red walls and golden lions! Enjoy the atmospheric basement bar and lounge lined with black and white photographs from past productions.

For Royal George seating chart with seat numbers, click here.

Accessibility

Special Access seating available in Aisle 2, Row N. Click here for more information.

studio-theatreStudio Theatre

10 Queen’s Parade

The Studio Theatre is a 194-seat theatre located in the Shaw Festival’s Production Centre (same location as the Festival Theatre). To access the theatre, use the Production Centre entrance – the furthest set of doors adjacent to our driveway. The Studio Theatre offers an intimate theatre experience and shares an outdoor patio with the Festival Theatre which overlooks beautiful gardens and grounds which are ideal for a stroll. You can pre-order your drink for intermission and it will be waiting for you, giving you more time to enjoy our serene and stunning surroundings.

For Studio seating chart with seat numbers, click here.

Accessibility

Special access seating available. Click here for more information.

Parking

Parking is available at the Festival Theatre for a fee of $15 per performance (cash only, we do have a bank machine in the lobby if necessary). Limited parking for people with disabilities is also available for the same fee. For performances at the Royal George and Court House Theatres, allow extra time to find street parking.

Festival Theatre Lobby Café

Begin your theatre experience in our Lobby Café, featuring menu items created by our Chefs. Sit by the pond, inside the lobby or under the wisteria arbour. Enjoy a glass of Niagara wine with one of our fresh cold entrées, sandwiches and salads,
soups or desserts.

Come for lunch or a light dinner before Festival Theatre performances. Open at noon, prior to 2pm performances and at 6:30pm, prior to 8pm performances.

Shaw Picnic

Prepared fresh daily by Shaw Festival Chefs, the Shaw Picnic includes your choice of sandwich, green salad, seasonal fruit, cookies and bottled water. $13.95. Picnic prices are per person, plus tax. Book when you order your tickets or at least 24 hours in advance of a performance at 1.800.511.7429. Available prior to Festival Theatre matinee performances, May through October.

Bar Services

Enjoy a glass of wine from some of Niagara’s world-renowned wineries before the performance. And, take advantage of our pre-order service and skip the line-ups at intermission. Order before the performance and we’ll have your drinks waiting for you.

The Shawp

At the Festival Theatre; open year round. A theatre store featuring unique theatre treasures and handmade creations from Shaw Festival and Niagara artisans as well as books, scripts, music, and stationery. Visit us online at shawfest.com/shop.

Accessibility

Festival Theatre

The Festival Theatre Orchestra seating is at street level. If you have mobility issues, wheelchair accessible seating is available at the back of the house and note there is a long flight of stairs leading to the front of the Orchestra section. The Balcony section is up three flights of stairs (a total of 40 steps) with NO ELEVATOR ACCESS. Once inside the balcony there a few stairs down to your seat. Wheelchair-accessible washrooms are available at the Festival Theatre.

First time visiting? View the Festival Theatre.

Royal George Theatre

If you have mobility issues, the Royal George Theatre features special access seating available upon request. The Royal George Orchestra level seating is four steps above street level. There is also a flight of stairs (14 steps) up to the balcony and another small flight of stairs to your seats. Access to the basement bar and lounge can only be reached by going down 17 steps (NO ELEVATOR ACCESS). New at the Royal George: an automatic wheelchair lift located near the front entrance doors. Ask staff for assistance to use the lift. Wheelchair-accessible washrooms are behind the retail store next door to the Royal George Theatre, accessible only from outside the shop.

First time visiting? View the Royal George Theatre.

Court House Theatre

Please be advised that the Court House Theatre does NOT have special access seating. If you have mobility issues, note that from the theatre entrance there is a long flight of stairs (26 steps) to access the upper lobby. The Court House Theatre has an elevator up to the auditorium entrance; however, there is another small set of steps to enter the theatre and then inside there is a series of stairs leading to all seats. There are NO wheelchair-accessible washrooms available at this theatre.

First time visiting? View the Court House Theatre.

Studio Theatre

The Studio Theatre has special access seating and wheelchair-accessible washrooms are available. If you have mobility issues, please be aware that inside the Studio Theatre there is a flight of stairs (16 steps) to reach the Gallery seating level.

First time visiting? View the Studio Theatre.


When booking tickets, let Box Office know if we can offer any assistance during your visit and please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Assistive Listening Devices

Reserve when you book your tickets. $2 fee (tax included). If you are a member of the Canadian or American Hard of Hearing Association and wish to have the fee waived, please indicate at time of booking and present your card when you pick up your device. For more information, click here.

Sign Language (ASL)

An interpreted matinee performance of Alice in Wonderland will be given at the Festival Theatre on June 12 at 2pm.