Artistic Director’s Message - Shaw Festival Theatre

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Artistic Director’s Message

My second season is a chance to put into practice what I learnt in my first. So, what did I learn? Well ...

This company has amazing musical performers. Grand Hotel is a blockbuster musical with a bit of everything: passion, crime, laughter, a wonderful score and great dancing.

Our audience loves brilliant writing, for young or old. The Magician’s Nephew will bring C.S. Lewis’ legendary world of Narnia to life in a show for all the family.

We all love a bit of pure escapism. Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles marks the return of the murder mystery to The Shaw, in a script that bursts with life and intrigue.

Stephen Fry is even more dazzling in person than on screen. I knew that already, because he is my friend. But no one should miss the chance to hear one of the geniuses of the age telling the greatest stories of all time – in his own special way!

We are suckers for romance. Stage Kiss is not just a hilarious backstage comedy, it also has a really beautiful heart.

Then there’s our double-bill of comedies, Of Marriage and Men and our lunchtime one-act O’Flaherty V.C., that show Bernard Shaw at his dazzling, mischievous best. And then there’s our cracking Studio season, Secret Theatre and so much more!

Oh, and I learnt that we have the best audience in the world. Come and be part
of it. After all, theatre is one of those basic human needs: you can do it on your own, but it’s so much better in company.

Let’s get together.

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Tim Carroll, Artistic Director

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