What plays are available at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake this year?

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Answered by: Philippa, An Expert in the Regional Theater Category
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great town to stop and take in some theatre. With its fantastic restaurants and wineries you can make a whole weekend out of the attractions in the area. Tucked away in the small town are four fantastic theatres which offer a wide choice of plays from April to the end of October. The Shaw Festival offers world class productions of plays from George Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries and current playwrights who write with the same passion as Shaw once did. Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect stop for any theatre enthusiast. So what are you choices at the theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake this year? This year ten plays will be shown as part of the season. In the largest theatre, The Festival Theatre, you have the dark beauty of Cabaret, the fashionable and fun production of The Philadelphia Story, and the brilliant and fun battle of the sexes in The Philanderer. In the Royal George you will find the delightful romantic comedy Arms and the Man, the moving Irish drama of Juno and the Paycock, and the laugh-out-loud farce of When We Were Married. The intimate venue of the Court House Theatre gives you the hilarious The Charity That Began at Home, the strange and thought provoking The Sea, and the short, fun yet melancholy A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur. In the Studio Theatre, a venue known for its innovative plays, the beautifully told tale of Martin Luther King Jr's lat night on earth, The Mountaintop, will be playing.

So if you are travelling to Niagara-on-the-Lake to see a play, what should you pick from this wonderful list? It depends a lot on what you are looking for in a play. If you are looking for a musical then Cabaret is a stunning production with fantastic costumes against a simple set. It is however a dark play. If you are looking for something fun and uplifting you would be hard pressed than to find better options than the plays When We Were Married and The Charity That Began at Home. If its thought provoking drama you seek then look no further than The Mountaintop or Juno and the Paycock, both of these plays are deep and moving. If you are looking for something more unusual then The Sea may be for you, with its conspiracy theorists and crazy townsfolk this play offers everything from comedy to drama and tries to answer some important questions about life and death. Is romance more your thing, then a trip to see Arms and the Man may be for you. A delightful play with a little bit of a love triangle is sure to please audiences looking for a little Shaw style romance. The Philanderer on the other hand offers a more critical look at relationships and power dynamics; it is sexy, funny and looks into relationships, marriage and divorce. A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur blends the funny and the melancholy together to form a sad story with funny characters. It is a nice bite sized piece of theatre if you only have a short time to spare. The Philadelphia Story is perfect for those who want a new and relevant look at a classic. With a grand set and brilliant cast it makes a great trip to the theatre. Whatever you choose to see at the theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake you cannot go far wrong. All the plays offer something different and exciting to see, and after you can enjoy the many restaurants and wineries in this beautiful town.

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