Project Description

Overview

 

SHAW FESTIVAL & Niagara-on-the-Lake
September 22- 25, 2020
4- Day Tour   

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a world-class theatre at the Shaw Festival, and is also the number one Food and Wine destination in Canada. Shopping and dining is outstanding, and we stay at the Vintage flagship property, The Prince of Wales, named in honor of a visit by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1901. The location on main street couldn’t be better, and you are just steps away from theatres & dining. A very pleasant choice in your leisure time can be a self-directed walking tour, complete with map and descriptions, or a tour of Historic Fort George, just off Main Street. We will settle in and have a wonderful dinner together the first evening just steps away from our hotel. There is an option to visit the newest shopping mecca in Niagara-on-the-Lake featuring nearly 100 marquee retailers, and an included Winery Tour at one of the newer wineries in the Peninsula. Fresh weekly roasted peanuts in every form imaginable can be found at Picard’s Outlet which we will also visit.

 

Shaw Festival Shows are staged at four possible theatres all on Queen Street. There is excellent variety in your THREE INCLUDED SHOWS this season.

 

  • Charley’s Aunt, a laugh-out-loud comedy by Brandon Thomas & directed by Tim Carroll
  • The Devil’s Disciple is a Classic Shaw work. Dick Dudgeon is a real puzzle. Devil’s Disciple or Presbyterian Minister?
  • Gypsy, a timeless musical about sex, power and longing. Gypsy Lee Rose was the world’s most famous striptease artist & Mama Rose the ultimate stage mother.

For those whose theatre appetites will not be quenched with three shows, consider the following

 

TWO OPTIONAL SHOWS:

 

Nothing can compare to staying right in the heart of Niagara-on-the-lake where high tea is a daily event, and a horse drawn carriage waits just outside your front door at Prince of Wales to show you about town in comfort!

 

Treat yourself to a very special four days.

Inclusions and Costs

Inclusions

  • Transportation via Deluxe Motorcoach
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at The Prince of Wales Hotel
  • Reserved seats Shaw Festival for Charley’s Aunt, The Devil’s Disciple & Gypsy
  • 3 Full Breakfasts & 1 Dinner
  • Wine tour & Tasting
  • Luggage Handling
  • All Taxes and Gratuities on Inclusions
  • Cancellation Insurance*
  • Jolly Tour Director

* Surcharge may apply to upper age categories

Cost Per Person

  • Double $ 1,498   (Taxes Incl $155.15)
  • Triple   $ 1,419   (Taxes  Incl $145.12)
  • Quad    $ 1,379   (Taxes Incl $140.60)
  • Single  $ 1,959   (Taxes Incl $207.76)

Deposit $600 pp upon registration

 

For those whose theatre appetites will not be quenched with just these three included shows, consider the following

 

TWO OPTIONAL SHOWS:

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES

A celebrated farce that will have you rolling in the aisles.

“How the dickens am I to remember that I’m a real old lady with my trousers on?

Charley’s Aunt

Today’s the day. If Charley and Jack don’t tell Amy and Kitty how they feel about them, the college term will finish and they may never see them again. But their plan to invite the young ladies for lunch depends on the presence of Charley’s visiting Brazilian aunt. When she lets them down at the last moment, all hope seems to have gone. Except that their friend, Fancourt Babberley, happens to be on his way to a fancy-dress party … hilarity ensues in this laugh-out-loud comedy..

Starry-eyed and blindingly ambitious, Momma Rose pushes her daughters onto vaudeville stages in this landmark Broadway musical.

 

“Everybody needs something impossible to hope for”

Gypsy

 

Gypsy Rose Lee was the world’s most famous striptease artist; Momma Rose the ultimate stage mother. Follow their extraordinary story in Stephen Sondheim’s timeless musical about sex, power and longing. With legendary songs, including “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” Gypsy remains the greatest American musical.

A comedy, an adventure and a love story set at the height of the American Revolution.

“History, sir, will tell lies, as usual.

The Devil’s Disciple”

 

Dick Dudgeon is one of Shaw’s great puzzles. To the people of his Revolution-era New England town he is “the Devil’s disciple.” But when British soldiers come to take their Presbyterian minister to the gallows for helping the rebels, Dudgeon does something truly remarkable. A potent mixture of sex and danger, Shaw’s first major hit has some of his best scenes and his sharpest comedy.

ABOUT THE OPTIONAL PERFORMANCES

Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse 

“This is not one of your mysteries, Sherlock. This is my family”

Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse

 

He’s back. Everyone’s favourite detective returns to The Shaw – but this time it’s personal. When a much-loved uncle dies in mysterious circumstances, Sherlock must revisit the scenes (and loves) of his youth. Is there really a curse on his family? Will he – or perhaps his beautiful and brilliant cousin – be the next victim? Holmes and Watson have to race against time to solve the puzzle.

Trouble in Mind

Racial tension needs no dress rehearsal. A groundbreaking, forgotten classic of Black American Theatre from the Fifties.

 

This should have been the first play by a black woman on Broadway. But in 1955 Alice Childress refused to have it staged on the Great White Way. Why? Because it is a play about white people putting on plays about black people, and the compromises that black artists have to make to work in the prevailing culture. Childress chose not to make the kind of compromise that Willetta, the heroine of her play, has spent her life wrestling with. A devastatingly observant satire on the rehearsal hall as a microcosm of society. This funny and moving play is a piece for our times. Mature content.