When it began in 1962 , The Shaw Festival was just a small production of two plays under the direction of a local lawyer and playwright, with a goal of stimulating interest in George Bernard Shaw and his period, and advancing theatre arts in Canada. That small festival has grown to almost cult status. Thousands flock to Niagara Falls each year to take part in the non-profit festival.
Eleven performances will be presented this year at the festival, which runs through mid-October. The productions take place in four theaters: The Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, the Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre.
Productions include Cabaret, a rare musical set in one of the hottest nightclubs in Berlin, during Hitler’s rise; The Philadelphia Story, a classic romantic comedy which revived the career of Katherine Hepburn in the 1930s; and The Mountaintop, a hilarious and heartbreaking visit with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his room at the Lorraine Motel after his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.