Timeless Shaw A retrospective view through the years.

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1962

Salute to Shaw, inaugural season begins on June 29 an idea of Niagara-area lawyer and playwright Brian Doherty.

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1963

Shaw Festival incorporated as a non-profit organization. Calvin Rand first Chair of the Board of Governors.

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1963

Andrew Allen becomes The Shaw”s first Artistic Director.

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1964

1964 - The Shaw Guild sees the day.

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1965

1965 - First mandate change. Introduction of a non-Shaw play in the repertoire: Sean O’Casey’s The Shadow of a Gunman.

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1965

The Festival receives its first grant of $10,000 from the Ontario Arts Council.

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1965

The Shaw Seminar Series is established.

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1966

Barry Morse: The Shaw’s second Artistic Director. His first - and only - season as Artistic Director.

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1967

Paxton Whitehead becomes the third Artistic Director of The Shaw.

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1967

The Shaw goes to Expo ’67 with Major Barbara.

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1968

Bravo Heartbreak House; welcome Jessica Tandy.

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1972

Shaw Festival stages first American play and opens the season with it.

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1973

The repertory system sees the day at Shaw.

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1973

Shaw’s You Never Can Tell opens the brand new Festival Theatre on June 12, 1973.

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1973

The new Festival Theatre welcomes special guests.

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1975

Tony van Bridge, a Shaw Ensemble member, spends the season as Acting Artistic Director.

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1975

The Devil’s Disciple tours to the United States.

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1976

Paxton Whitehead returns as Artistic Director for two seasons.

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1978

Richard Kirschner appointed Producer, in charge of artistic and administrative direction for The Shaw.

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1979

Leslie Yeo steps in as “Guest Artistic Director” until Christopher Newton’s arrival.

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1980

Christopher Newton becomes Artistic Director.

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1980

Shaw Festival acquires the Royal George Theatre.

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1981

Cameron Porteous appointed Head of Design.

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1981

Camille marks a precedent in the history of the Shaw Festival.

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1982

Cyrano de Bergerac - with Canadian farceur Heath Lamberts as Cyrano - opens to rave reviews.

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1982

The Toronto Project.

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1983

Private Lives goes public!

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1983

Shaw Archives deposited in University of Guelph Library.

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1984

Big Brother comes to town: Shaw stages George Orwell’s classic 1984.

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1985

A jubilant audience reaction to Noël Coward’s Cavalcade.

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1985

The Academy of the Shaw Festival is formed.

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1986

The Shaw celebrates its 25th Season.

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1986

The first Boxing Evening - a major Shaw Festival fundraiser - is held in Toronto.

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1987

Marathon ’33, by June Havoc hits the Festival stage.

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1987

The Shaw is granted a Coat of Arms.

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1988

With The Voysey Inheritance, a tradition of producing plays by Harley Granville Barker begins.

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1988

A new initiative at The Shaw: The Directors Project.

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1989

Scenic construction moves to a home of its own.

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1990

The transition of the Royal George Theatre into a miniature Edwardian opera house is celebrated on May 26, 1990.

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1990

Night Must Fall tours to Philadelphia.

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1991

Lulu stuns audiences; The Doctor’s Dilemma tours to Ottawa.

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1991

The Academy of the Shaw Festival destroyed in fire; thousands of dollars in equipment lost.

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1992

A groundbreaking Counsellor-at-Law by Elmer Rice at the Festival Theatre.

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1993

Neil Munro brings a modern approach to Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan.

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1993

Shaw Festival guilty of sending fabulous fakes to the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3.

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1994

The Shaw tours to Ann Arbor, MI.

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1995

The Shaw’s book publishing initiative is inaugurated.

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1996

Mirvish Production remounts the Festival’s 1985 and 1987 production of One for the Pot.

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1996

First year of the Bell Canada Reading Series.

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2000

The Shaw’s mandate expands to include contemporary works set during Shaw’s lifetime (1856-1950).

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2001

Audiences and critics alike rave about Picnic, the first Shaw Festival play directed by Jackie Maxwell.

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2002

Christopher Newton’s final season as Artistic Director; named Artistic Director Emeritus.

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2003

Jackie Maxwell’s first season as The Shaw’s new Artistic Director.

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2003

Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, the first play by a Canadian woman to be produced at The Shaw.

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2003

Another first! The Festival Theatre stages The Coronation Voyage by a French Canadian playwright.

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2004

The Production Centre opens.

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2005

A first and a premiere for The Shaw’s 2005 Season.

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2006

The Festival Film Series, an off-season fundraiser, sees the day.

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2006

The Shaw continues its presentation of contemporary plays with The Magic Fire.

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2007

World premiere of a new musical at the Court House Theatre.

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2008

The Canadian premiere of Githa Sowerby’s newly discovered 1924 play The Stepmother.

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2008

First Hirschfield exhibit at the Macdonald Heaslip Lounge.

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2009

The Shaw presents Tonight at 8:30, all ten of Noël Coward’s one-act plays.

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2009

Studio Theatre opens with John Osborne’s The Entertainer.

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2009

The Slaight Family gives a $5 million gift to The Shaw.

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2010

The Shaw unveils a plaque marking the establishment of the Gabriel Pascal Memorial Fund to benefit The Shaw.

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2011

The Shaw’s 50th Season. Looking forward to 50 more!

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2012

A North American premiere, a new version of Hedda Gabbler and the rhythms of ragtime highlight the first season of our next fifty years.

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2013

The 2013 Season: a winner with audiences and critics alike!

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2014

Shaw on the road!

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