Shaw Festival 2017

The 56th Annual Shaw Festival

Bernard Shaw, born George Bernard Shaw, was an English playwright. As the author of more than 60 plays, many theatre aficionados have said that Bernard Shaw ranks second only to Shakespeare in terms of importance. Certainly, he counts among the most important playwrights of the 20th century. As such, it makes as much sense to celebrate his plays and contributions to theatre as it does to celebrate the Bard’s.

A Theatre-Lover’s Festival in Niagara on the Lake

Fortunately, the founders of the Shaw Festival have obliged ardent Shaw-lovers. This year the festival celebrates its 56th year of bringing Shaw’s work to Niagara on the Lake.

And what a line-up it is!

Shaw’s most famous play, “Saint Joan” takes center stage for most of the 2017 season. Based on the life of Joan of Arc, “the most remarkable teenage girl in history,” this play asks some hard questions about Joan, the life she led in France, and the societal factors that led to her undoing and untimely death.

But the line-up at the 56th Annual Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake more than just Shaw’s work. “Dracula,” “Dancing at Lughnasa,” and “1837: The Farmers’ Revolt” represent a sampling of the 11 plays that the Shaw Festival is staging this year.

56th Shaw Festival Lineup

Saint Joan Shaw Festival

Saint Joan
May 3 to October 15

1837: The Farmers’ Revolt Shaw Festival

1837: The Farmers’ Revolt
May 7 to October 8

Dancing at Lughnasa Shaw Festival

Dancing at Lughnasa
May 14 to October 15

Dracula Shaw Festival

July 8 to October 14

See the full Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival Line-up

Summer in Niagara on the Lake

Naturally, spending the evening engaged in amazing theatre counts as an experience in its own right, but many people come to Niagara on the Lake with more than theatre on their mind. As they should. The Niagara wine region teems with the scents of grape plants in bloom, wine tastings and gourmet dinners, plus boutique shopping and theatrical lectures.

The people who want to make the most of their weekend getaway to Niagara stay at one of a number of Vintage Hotels’ properties. Book your getaway package or make reservations at one of a number of award-winning dining options.