Shaw Festival plays for 2018



Festival Theatre



The Magicians Nephew


The Song and the Light are coming from

– that Lion!

WORLD PREMIERE! Take a magical, spectacular plunge into Narnia … at its very beginning. Young Digory and his friend Polly stumble on a way to explore other worlds — but accidentally unleash a malevolent queen who could destroy every world. Packed with visual thrills and wonders, this adventure is a profound story of what it means to do the right thing. Inspiring for all ages.


Grand Hotel

I want the height and romance of

adventure, cooled by the chill of the

danger I’m in!


Check into the lavish Grand Hotel, where the lives of ten hotel guests collide over one unforgettable night. Love. Betrayal. Jealousy. Murder. And the glamour of Berlin in the Roaring Twenties. Soaring with songs and dance, it’s the mesmerizing musical about what happens when our deepest, most desperate passions are unleashed. Winner of five Tony Awards.


Mythos: A Trilogy — Gods.

Heroes. Men

Let me tell you a story. It’s all about YOU

WORLD PREMIERE! The world’s most hilarious storyteller shares the world’s most fascinating myths. In this trilogy of plays (try to see them all!), Stephen Fry takes to The Shaw stage with gripping tales of the Greek gods, heroes and men who still echo today. Laugh-out-loud funny, mind-blowing and often personal, Mythos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the icon himself.



The Hound of



You be careful, now. Dangerous place,

the moor.



CANADIAN PREMIERE! It’s the return of the murder mystery to The Shaw. Sir Baskerville has been scared to death — literally. Now deductive genius Sherlock Holmes is on the case to find the murderer … with twist after twist to keep you guessing. Darkly fun, deliciously sly, and just the right amount of suspense: this is a whodunit you won’t want to miss.


Royal George Theatre







Of Marriage and Men

Surely, as a man of honor – as a

gentleman, you wouldn’t tell the truth,

would you?

Two of the best short plays about marriage in a single show! In How He Lied to Her Husband, find out what a man will do for the lady he loves — and how unexpected the consequences can be. In The Man of Destiny, Napoleon must defend his wife’s honour … but can he? This comedy double-bill about the hitches of being hitched crackles with humour and honesty.


O’Flaherty V.C

I don’t know about it’s being a great war,

sir. It’s a big war; but that’s not the same


LUNCHTIME ONE-ACT. Young Dennis O’Flaherty has been sent back from the front to recruit more Irishmen to the war. The only problem? He neglected to tell his Irish Nationalist mother he’s fighting for the English. Packed with family feuding and witty repartee, this Bernard Shaw one-act skewers every illusion about why we fight.


Oh What a Lovely War

You see, the trouble is, we’ve been fightin’

too well.

This provocative WWI musical is known to make audiences laugh, cry and clench their fists — all within a single number. This fiercely funny, piercing musical will make you see war in a new light. Follow a band of singing, dancing Canadian soldiers into the Great War and rediscover the spirit behind “lest we forget”.


A Christmas Carol (2018)

What’s Christmas to you, but a time for

finding yourself a year older, but not an

hour richer?

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserable old miser. But when three ghosts decide to swoop in overnight, he gets the wake-up call of a lifetime. This charming Christmas classic by Charles Dickens has one of life’s most inspiring questions at its heart: what — and who — will really matter in the end? See it brought to life in the historic Royal George Theatre by the Shaw Festival’s world-class Ensemble. Plus, enjoy a Victorian winter wonderland in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Fun for everyone (even Scrooge).


Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre




The Orchard (After Chekhov)


No blossoms, no harvest, no money.

Ah! The power of nature!

WORLD PREMIERE! It’s Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard — transformed into the tale of a Punjabi-Sikh family fighting to hold onto their Okanagan Valley orchard. Based on Sarena Parmar’s own childhood in British Columbia, this fresh adaptation confronts life, loss and the Canadian immigrant experience with both bravery and beauty.


The Baroness and the Pig


Emily, we must act properly.

An idealistic 19th century baroness has found her next maid — a feral girl who can barely speak, let alone keep house. Now it’s just a matter of socializing her… right? Part Pygmalion, part wildly original buddy comedy, this heartwarming Canadian play cuts to the core of what it means to be “civilized” — and to be human. 



Henry V


I am afeard there are few die well that die

in a battle

A troop of Canadian soldiers is hunkered down in a dugout during WWI with some copies of Shakespeare’s Henry V for company. As they enter the death-haunted, morally ambiguous world of the play, the play enters theirs. This imaginative spin on Shakespeare is a powerful exploration of what it means — and costs — to fight for king and country.



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