The Reading Series - Shaw Festival Theatre

The Reading Series
The Reading Series

Our brilliant Ensemble members take you back to the basics, allowing your imagination to soar as they speak. The choice of plays is always hugely varied in form and content and some have raised cheers while others caused tears, but several of them have ended up as full productions in later seasons.

Call 1-800-511-7429 to book your spot.

Reading #1
When
August 29, 2019
Time
9:00 pm
Where
Royal George Theatre
Cost
$25

KIPPS
THE NEW HALF A SIXPENCE MUSICAL

Based on the H.G. Wells novel “KIPPS: The Story of a Simple Soul”
and the original musical by Beverley Cross and David Heneker
Original Songs by David Heneker
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Orchestrations by William David Brohn
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Jay Turvey

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant, is suddenly launched into high society following an unexpected inheritance. To add to that, not one but two young women love Arthur: his childhood friend Ann Pornick as well as the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham, who makes him over as befits his new status. With a little help from his friends, Arthur soon learns that to live the right life, one must make the right choices.
Reading #2
When
September 29, 2019
Time
11:00 am
Where
NOTL Library, 10 Anderson Ln, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Cost
$25

JUST TO GET MARRIED

By Cicely Hamilton
Directed by Graeme Somerville

With her 30th birthday approaching, Georgiana Vicary is feeling the pressure to wed. Her friends and family expect her to get married and more importantly, she expects it of herself. But will shy Adam Lankester pluck up his courage to propose marriage to her and more importantly will she accept?

Written in 1911 and still packing a powerful punch, playwright Cicely Hamilton exposes the difficulties Edwardian women lived with and the struggles of achieving true independence.
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