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Continue the Conversation

A good play provokes questions, insights and discussion. Following select matinees of Cabaret, The Philanderer and The Mountaintop, meet for a moderated discussion about the production.Complimentary. Book in advance.

CABARET I June 20, July 11, August 22
THE PHILANDERER I July 10, July 30, August 27
THE MOUNTAINTOP I July 23, August 16, September 5

Backstage Tours

April and May: Saturday and Sunday I 11am
June-October: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday I 11am

Here’s your chance to peek behind the curtain. An hour-long guided tour of the Festival Theatre reveals the secrets that bring our work to the stage. Explore our costume workshop, dressing rooms, rehearsal halls, and trap room. Book tickets in advance through the Box Office or, if available, just prior to the tour.
$10 or $5 with a ticket to a performance.

Pre-Show Talks

May 17-August 31

7:30pm on the Members Terrace at the Festival Theatre, a company member introduces that evening’s play. For all performances except those marked P and O. Complimentary.

Tuesday Q & A

Tuesday evenings after the performances (except those marked P), in all four theatres, audience members are invited to remain seated in the theatre for an informal question-and-answer session with members of the company. Complimentary.

Coffee Concerts

May 18, June 15, July 6, August 10, September 28 I 11am

A Sunday morning concert performed by members of the Shaw Festival’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. Approximately 45 minutes. By donation.


The Theatre Package

Make it a day! Take a backstage tour, enjoy a lunch prepared by our Shaw Chefs, and let a member of our creative team introduce you to the world of the play. Parking included. Theatre ticket purchased separately.
$45. Youth $40.

CABARET I May 24, June 5, July 11, August 21, September 18
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY I June 19, July 29, September 25
THE PHILANDERER I July 26, September 12


Play by Play

May 28-30 I July 16-18 I October 1-3

Calling all theatre lovers! Three unique opportunities to look behind the scenes into the fascinating world of theatre. Meet the creative minds behind theatre-making, from play selection to play direction. See and discuss our productions with the artists who make the Shaw Festival one of the most celebrated theatre companies in North America. Each event includes four plays, lunches and parking. From $380.

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Shaw Symposium

July 25-27

Scholars and fans of Bernard Shaw join together to hear academic papers and participate in discussions with Shaw company members. A program of the Shaw Festival and the International Shaw Society (ISS).

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Shaw Seminar – Otherness

August 7-10

Several of our 2014 plays present characters who are “Other” – disconnected from the dominant group by race, class, culture or gender. Our guest speakers
will examine this potent theme through discussions inspired by The Charity that Began at Home, The Mountaintop, Cabaret and more. They will show how “others” are met with a vast spectrum of reactions, creating theatre that forces us to look at ourselves and all of our relationships anew.

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