In recent years, the Shaw altered its mandate to include plays set in Shaw's lifetime, not just plays by his contemporaries and works that emerged in his lifetime. Artistic director Jackie Maxwell isn't exactly hemmed in by the old mandate: Shaw lived almost 100 years, 1856-1950.
The 12-work season on the Shaw Fest's three stages in scenic, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, includes Shaw's Pygmalion (directed by Maxwell) and Man and Superman (directed by Neil Munro), both on the Festival Theatre stage; Canadian playwright George F. Walker's Nothing Sacred, based on Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons" (directed by Morris Panych) at the Festival; George Abbott and John Cecil Holm's Three Men on a Horse (directed by Jim Mezon) at the Festival; Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (directed by artistic director emeritus Christopher Newton) at the Royal George Theatre; Adam Guettel and Tina Landau's Floyd Collins (directed Eda Holmes) at the Court House Theatre; Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey (directed by Alisa Palmer) at the Royal George; Canadian playwright John Murrell's World War II homefront drama, Waiting for the Parade at the Royal George; Eugene O'Neill's warmhearted family comedy-drama, Ah, Wilderness! (directed by Joseph Ziegler) at the Court House.
Including previews, the 2004 Shaw Festival season runs in repertory April 2-Dec. 4.
Also presented will be the lesser-known:
Terrence Rattigan's Harlequinade, a 1948 one-act farce about an aging actor-manager and his wife, who persist in playing Romeo and Juliet. English playwright Rattigan is particularly known for his plays The Winslow Boy, Separate Tables and Ross. Neil Munro directs at the Royal George. Regular ticket prices for the 2004 season will range from $42 to $77 (Canadian). For special matinees, student prices will be $20 and senior prices will be $30. Lunchtime ticket prices are $20.
Tickets for the 2004 season will go on sale to Shaw Festival Members on Nov. 19 by mail, fax, or e-mail; on Nov. 29 by phone or in person. Tickets will go on sale to groups on Jan. 2, 2004. For the general public tickets will go on sale Jan. 10, 2004, by mail, fax or e-mail, and on Jan. 17, 2004 by phone or in person.
For more information, visit www.shawfest.com.