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The Festival Theatre is The Shaw’s flagship theatre. This beautiful proscenium-arch theatre, lined with British Columbia cedar, seats 856, and features a Café and The Shawp, a retail shop featuring theatre memorabilia and the work of theatre and Niagara artisans. Enjoy your lunch or dinner or even just a light snack on our beautiful outdoor patio, with indoor seating also available. Pre-show and at intermission, sit under the wisteria and take in the peaceful grounds and reflecting pond, wander to our secret garden or shop for theatre souvenirs to bring home.
Located right on Queen Street amidst the shops, parks and historic town centre sits the Court House Theatre, a national historic site dating from the 1840s. The Court House is where the Shaw Festival began in 1962. The building’s upper level combines an intimate 327-seat auditorium with a thrust stage and also features a convenient bar where you can pre-order your drink for intermission.
This 313-seat theatre – right in the heart of the old town – was built as a vaudeville house to entertain the troops stationed in Niagara-on-the-Lake during World War I. The Royal George presents a modest exterior, but inside it’s all Edwardian gilt mouldings, red walls and golden lions! Enjoy the atmospheric basement bar and lounge lined with black and white photographs from past productions.
The Studio Theatre is a 194-seat theatre located in the Shaw Festival’s Production Centre (same location as the Festival Theatre). To access the theatre, use the Production Centre entrance – the furthest set of doors adjacent to our driveway. The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre offers an intimate theatre experience and shares an outdoor patio with the Festival Theatre which overlooks beautiful gardens and grounds which are ideal for a stroll. You can pre-order your drink for intermission and it will be waiting for you, giving you more time to enjoy our serene and stunning surroundings.