Beyond the Stage
– for all

The Shaw Festival is more than great theatre. We offer a wide variety of programs that welcome you into the worlds of the theatre and our plays:
from scholarly discussions to hands-on workshops to guest speakers and presentations.

We have something for everyone.

Play by Play

May 18-20 and September 28-30

Calling all theatre lovers! Meet the creative minds behind theatre-making at the Shaw Festival, from play selection to play direction. Includes: four plays, three lunches, presentations, and parking. From $395.

Testimonial: “I arrive with a feeling of excitement, anticipating a week of pure enjoyment, stimulating contact with other theatre fans, and a furthering of my education … you never disappoint.”

SPRING PLAY BY PLAY
May 18-20
Wednesday May 18 – Our Town (2pm)
Thursday May 19 – Mrs Warren’s Profession (2pm); Uncle Vanya (8pm)
Friday May 20 – Alice in Wonderland (2pm)

Click here for Play by Play Spring Schedule.

FALL PLAY BY PLAY
September 28-30
Wednesday September 28 – Sweeney Todd (2pm)
Thursday September 29 – Engaged (2pm); A Woman of No Importance (8pm)
Friday September 30 – Our Town (2pm)

Click here for Play by Play Fall Schedule.

Book Play by Play at 1.800.511.7429.

Shaw Seminar

August 4-7

The Shaw’s premier adult education experience. Enrich your understanding of the work on our stages through discussions with artists, writers, scholars, and fellow participants. Includes: six plays, lunches, reception, presentations and parking. From $780.

Thursday August 4 – Dance of Death (2pm); A Woman of No Importance (8pm)
Friday August 5 – Mrs Warren’s Profession (2pm); Uncle Vanya (8pm)
Saturday August 6 – “Master Harold” …and the Boys (2pm)
Sunday August 7 – The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (11:30am)

Click here for a full schedule.

Book the Shaw Seminar at 1.800.511.7429.

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.

Mezon-Circle

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? Join Jim Mezon, one of the foremost Shavian actors in North America to learn about Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival’s namesake and playwright who became a legend through his prolific writings, his sensational political views, and his unique way of life. $20/person.

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.

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

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.

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.

Book a Shaw event (or seminar or workshop) at 1.800.511.7429.

Shaw Symposium

July 22-24
Scholars and fans of Bernard Shaw join together to hear academic papers and participate in discussions. Includes: two Shaw plays, parking, reception and picnic lunch. From $260. Students $150.

Friday July 22 – Reception (5pm)
Saturday July 23 – Mrs Warren’s Profession (8pm)
Sunday July 24 – The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (11:30am)

Click here for a full schedule.

Book Shaw Symposium at 1.800.511.7429.

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

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. program-sponsor-guaranteegold

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.

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.

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.