Reading Series

Actors and words – intimate and immediate. In our Reading Series, our brilliant Ensemble members take you back to the basics, allowing your imagination to soar as they speak. Read more here.

Backstage Tours

April and May: Saturday & Sunday | 11am
June to October: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday | 11am
An hour-long guided, backstage tour of the Festival Theatre. $10. $5 with a ticket to a performance.

How Did You Do That?!

May 27 – August 26
Following Friday matinees of Alice in Wonderland, join us for a chat with a member of the creative team. Learn how the stage magic comes together to tell a story. Complimentary.

Pre-Show Talks

May 21 – September 4 | 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.

May We Introduce You to … GB Shaw!

May 27, June 18, August 20, September 10 | 11am
The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the works of Bernard Shaw. But just who was Bernard Shaw? Learn about the man who became a legend through his prolific writings, his sensational political views, and his unique way of life. And why he remains relevant today. $20/person.

Continue the Conversation

Long after the curtain falls, Shaw audience members continue to talk about the intellectual and emotional meanings of the play. Why not join us to continue the conversation? Following select matinees of Mrs Warren’s Profession, A Woman of No Importance and “Master Harold” …and the Boys, meet with fellow patrons for a moderated discussion. Complimentary.

MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION I May 31, June 21, July 13, August 17, September 15
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE I July 15, 27, August 11, September 9, October 5
“MASTER HAROLD” …AND THE BOYS I July 28, August 18, 31

Coffee Concerts

June 5, August 7, September 11 | 10:30am NEW TIME!
A Sunday morning concert performed by members of the Shaw Festival’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. By donation.

Alice Backstage Tour

July 7, 14, 22, 28 and August 5, 12, 18, 26 | 11am
Follow the white rabbit down the hole to explore the world backstage at the Festival Theatre and learn about Alice in Wonderland. Fun for the whole family. $10. $5 with ticket to a performance.

Sondheim Songs and Stories

August 17, 25 | 11am
Stephen Sondheim – composer, lyricist, musical theatre’s most fiercely intelligent voice. Join Paul Sportelli, Shaw Music Director, to learn about the man and his groundbreaking songs. $20/person.

Tuesday Q & A

An informal question-and-answer session with members of the company. Tuesday evenings after the performances (except those marked P and O), in all four theatres. Complimentary.