What to do in

Once you’ve made plans to attend the Shaw Festival Theatre, you will find hundreds of reasons to linger; so here’s a little help in planning your Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation.

Just 25 minutes outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, we are situated in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in North America. Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions, stunning scenery and friendly culture. There is a surprising array of Niagara things to do.

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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.

Continue the Conversation

Open to all. Continue the Conversation is an opportunity to go deeper into the emotional and intellectual meaning of the play. Following select matinees of Pygmalion, Top Girls or The Divine, meet with fellow audience members to voice your questions and insights in a moderated discussion. Complimentary.

PYGMALION – June 30, July 21, August 15, September 18, October 6
TOP GIRLS – June 17, July 16, August 12 & 26, September 9
THE DIVINE – July 17, August 27, September 3 & 17, October 7


June – September
Following all Friday matinees of Peter and the Starcatcher, join us for a discussion with a member of the creative team. Learn what it takes to tell a story with ladders, ropes and a lot of energy. Complimentary.


June 20, July 11 – 11am
Gather around the piano before the show for a Sweet Charity sing-along with a member of The Shaw’s Music Department. Everyone welcome – from shower singers to belting divas! Lyric sheets provided so you can sing along. $85, includes theatre ticket. Optional: add a picnic lunch.

Meet the Playwright

August 6 – 11am
Join Artistic Director, Jackie Maxwell, for a conversation with Michel Marc Bouchard, one of Quebec’s most celebrated playwrights, and author of The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. Studio Theatre, $20.

Coffee Concerts

May 24, July 5, August 16 – 11am
A Sunday morning concert performed by members of the Shaw Festival’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. Approximately 45 minutes. By donation.

Book a Shaw event (or seminar or workshop!) at 1.800.511.7429. For all events happening at The Shaw, click here.