Claire Jullien Is Candida, Opening May 28 at Ontario's Shaw Festival

News   Claire Jullien Is Candida, Opening May 28 at Ontario's Shaw Festival
The 50th season of the Shaw Festival began April 7 with the first preview of Bernard Shaw's Candida at the Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Opening is May 28, at the matinee performance.

Nigel Shawn Williams and Claire Jullien
Nigel Shawn Williams and Claire Jullien Photo by David Cooper

Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, this classic love triangle involving a preacher, his wife and a young poet, features Claire Jullien as Candida, Nigel Shawn Williams as the socialist Reverend James Mavor Morell and Wade Bogert-O'Brien as 18-year-old lovesick poet Eugene Marchbanks, with Norman Browning, Krista Colosimo and Graeme Somerville.

Candida was the first full-length production performed during the Shaw Festival's inaugural season in 1962. This new production plays in repertory until Oct. 30 in the intimate proscenium Royal George Theatre, of the festival's four venues.

In the play, written in 1898 and revised in 1930, "Young sensitive artist and poet Eugene Marchbanks' ardent attentions towards Candida sow seeds of self-doubt within the heart of her self-indulgent pastor husband, the Reverend James Mavor Morell. Caught between loyalty and passion, it is Candida — Shaw's New Woman — who shows both 'her boys' basic truths about themselves."

The production team includes set and costume designer William Schmuck, lighting designer Jock Munro, composer Reza Jacobs, stage manager Meredith Macdonald and assistant stage manager Amy Jewell.

The Shaw Festival's milestone season runs until Oct. 30 and features diverse theatre on four stages. This milestone season also includes productions of My Fair Lady, Heartbreak House, The Admirable Crichton, On the Rocks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maria Severa, Drama at Inish – A Comedy, The President, Topdog/Underdog, When the Rain Stops Falling and a special 50th season two-day event, The Speed of Ideas - A Theatrical Forum featuring award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington. For more information, visit

Nigel Shawn Williams and Wade Bogert-O'Brien
Nigel Shawn Williams and Wade Bogert-O'Brien Photo by Emily Cooper
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