I have had a great time putting together a classic Shaw Festival season for 2019.
I could afford to be bold in my choices, because of the incredible Ensemble here: I have worked all over the world, but I have never been blessed with such a strong group of actors. They can dance; they can sing; they are great comedians; they can break your heart. Most of all, they are masters of language. And they need to be. Just look at the plays we have coming up: Man and Superman, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Glass Menagerie are among the great masterpieces of world theatre; plays like Mae West’s Sex and Howard Barker’s Victory may be less well-known, but they demand equal brilliance from their actors; while Patrick Hamilton’s murder thriller Rope and Shaw’s razor-sharp comedy Getting Married will showcase the expertise of an Ensemble steeped in the Shaw period.
Many of our plays are set in the past but we are also building the audience of the future. So if you know a young person who’d like to experience the magic of theatre (or who loved our hugely popular The Magician’s Nephew) bring them to the next in our Narnia series, The Horse and His Boy. Or bring everyone you know to Brigadoon, the all-time classic musical that has it all: tears and laughter, ravishing tunes and stunning dancing.
A trip to Niagara is worth lingering over. Why not combine a matinee with our lunchtime show, The Russian Play, a one-act tragicomedy by Hannah Moscovitch, or make a whole day of it with Man and Superman with Don Juan in Hell? Don’t miss the chance to watch this epic play in its entirety – with a special farm-to-table lunch interlude in the middle. We feed your spirit and your stomach here in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Finally, while it may seem a long way off, don’t miss your chance to get the seats you want for Holiday Inn and A Christmas Carol. Several performances of the classic holiday offering featuring Scrooge are already sold-out this year; my guess is that Holiday Inn will be the same. Book now and smile at your friends as they scramble for tickets next November.
Tim Carroll, Artistic Director