Canada's Shaw Fest Reveals Casting for 2011; Steven Sutcliffe, Deborah Hay, Claire Jullien Among Troupers

News   Canada's Shaw Fest Reveals Casting for 2011; Steven Sutcliffe, Deborah Hay, Claire Jullien Among Troupers
The Shaw Festival's 50th season in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will include a new production of the musical My Fair Lady featuring Deborah Hay as Eliza Doolittle, Benedict Campbell as Henry Higgins, Neil Barclay as Alfred Doolittle and Patrick Galligan as Colonel Pickering.

Steven Sutcliffe
Steven Sutcliffe

Directed by Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the production will begin at the Festival Theatre April 13, 2011, open May 28 and close Oct. 30, playing in repertory with other Shaw or Shaw-related works by authors of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The titles of the 2011 season were previously announced, but creative teams and principal casting (including players in My Fair Lady) were revealed on Nov. 10.

This will be the first time the Shaw Festival stages My Fair Lady, the Frederick Loewe-Alan Jay Lerner musical based on Shaw's play Pygmalion. The cast will also feature Sharry Flett, Patty Jamieson and Mark Uhre.

The My Fair Lady creative team will include musical director Paul Sportelli, choreographer Danny Pelzig, set designer Ken MacDonald, costume designer Judith Bowden, lighting designer Jock Munro, sound designer John Lott and projection designer Adam Larsen.

The 50th season of the Shaw Festival offers work on four stages April 7-Oct. 30, 2011. Here's the Shaw's principal casting at a glance: FESTIVAL THEATRE

Heartbreak House
By Bernard Shaw
May 10-Oct. 7
Directed by Christopher Newton
Featuring Michael Ball as Captain Shotover, Deborah Hay as Hesione Hushabye and Robin Evan Willis as Ellie Dunn, with Benedict Campbell, Patrick Galligan, Patricia Hamilton, Patrick McManus, Laurie Paton, William Vickers and Blair Williams

The Admirable Crichton
By J.M. Barrie
June 22-Oct. 29
Directed by Morris Panych
Featuring Steven Sutcliffe as Crichton, David Schurmann as The Earl of Loam and Nicole Underhay as Lady Mary Lasenby, with Kyle Blair, Martin Happer, Marla McLean, Moya O'Connell and Melanie Phillipson


Drama at Inish – A Comedy
By Lennox Robinson
May 6-Oct. 1
Directed by artistic director Jackie Maxwell
Featuring Ric Reid as hotel owner John Twohig, Mary Haney as his sister Lizzie Twohig, Thom Marriott as Hector de la Mare and Corrine Koslo as Constance Constantia, with Donna Belleville, Julia Course, Diana Donnelly, Peter Krantz and Craig Pike

On the Rocks
By Bernard Shaw
New version by Michael Healey
June 14-Oct. 8
Directed by Joseph Zeigler
Featuring Peter Krantz as Sir Arthur Chavender and Steven Sutcliffe as Sir Dexter Rightside, with Guy Bannerman, Anthony Bekenn, Mary Haney, Thom Marriott, Marla McLean, Cherissa Richards and David Schurmann

Maria Severa
Book, music & lyrics by Jay Turvey & Paul Sportelli
July 19-Sept. 23
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
Featuring Julie Martell as Maria Severa and Mark Uhre as Armando, with Neil Barclay, Saccha Dennis, Sharry Flett, Jonathan Gould, Jeff Irving, Jacqueline Thair and Jenny Wright


By Bernard Shaw
April 7-Oct. 30
Directed by Gina Wilkinson
Featuring Claire Jullien as Candida, Nigel Shawn Williams as the Reverend James Mavor Morell and Wade Bogert-O'Brien as Eugene Marchbanks, with Norman Browning, Krista Colosimo and Graeme Somerville

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
By Tennessee Williams
May 3-Oct. 23
Directed by Eda Holmes
Featuring Moya O'Connell as Maggie, Gray Powell as Brick, Corrine Koslo as Big Mama and Jim Mezon as Big Daddy, with Patrick McManus and Nicole Underhay

One-Act Lunchtime Titles at The Royal George

The President
By Ferenc Molnár
Adapted by Morwyn Brebner
June 3-Oct. 9
Directed by Blair Williams
Featuring Lorne Kennedy as President Norrison, with Julie Martell, Jeff Meadows, Peter Millard and a bevy of Ensemble members in multiple role


The Shaw's ongoing exploration of contemporary Shavians

July 19-Aug. 27
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Philip Akin
Featuring Kevin Hanchard as Booth and Nigel Shawn Williams as Lincoln

When the Rain Stops Falling
By Andrew Bovell
Aug. 11-Sept. 17
Directed by Peter Hinton
Featuring Donna Belleville, Wade Bogert-O'Brien, Diana Donnelly, Jeff Meadows, Peter Millard, Ric Reid, Tara Rosling, Graeme Somerville and Wendy Thatcher

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