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The Shaw Festival has three theatres, two within the same building (and in 2021, several outdoor venues) and one in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake a short walk from the main theatre. Addresses and parking information for each theatre are listed below. Or, set your GPS to the Memorial Clock Tower at 26 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake — it’ll situate you nicely in the middle of town.
Niagara-on-the-Lake sees many visitors, especially in the summer months. We highly recommend arriving early in case of traffic and to find parking, especially on weekends. And the bonus? You get to enjoy more time in our beautiful historic town!
Flying in to see us?
From Toronto or Buffalo, Niagara Airbus offers door-to-door frequent shuttle service, or private car if flying to Billy Bishop, Hamilton or Niagara-on-the-Lake airports.
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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.
This 305-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 Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is a 267-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.
The Shaw Festival has four theatres in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, all in walking distance of each other.
Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) toward Niagara. The QEW from Toronto can sometimes be heavy, please allow at least two hours for your drive. Once across the Garden City Skyway at St Catharines, take the Niagara-on-the-Lake exit, RR89 Glendale Ave North (38b). At the traffic light at York Road, turn left onto York Rd, then right onto Airport Rd. At Regional Road 55 (Niagara Stone Rd) turn right and follow 55 until it ends at the golf course (Queen St). Turn right for Old Town and all three theatres.
The Shaw Express bus will pick up at the Royal York in Toronto at 10am and depart Niagara-on-the-Lake at 5pm (4pm on Sundays). Please confirm dates and times with our Box Office by calling 1-800-511-7429 or look for the bus icon on the calendar page when booking your tickets to ensure the bus is running that day.
Toronto Pick Up
Royal York Hotel (York St, north of Front St West, across from Union Station)
Burlington Pick Up
430 John Street (the bus shelter is on the west side of the street)