My Fair Lady One of Five Productions in Previews at Ontario Theatre Shaw Festival

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Candida, Drama at Inish - a Comedy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Heartbreak House and My Fair Lady launch 50th season at the Shaw Festival

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At the Royal George Theatre, Associate Director Eda Holmes directs Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about mendacity and money, secrets and sins.

The much anticipated landmark 50th season of the Shaw Festival has begun with preview performances of Bernard Shaw’s Candida, and Heartbreak House, Lennox Robinson’s Drama at Inish – A Comedy, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical My Fair Lady.

At the Royal George Theatre, 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 in Bernard Shaw’s Candida. Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, this classic love triangle, and Shaw’s cheeky counterpoint to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, features Claire Jullien as Candida, Nigel Shawn Williams as the Reverend James Mavor Morell and Wade Bogert-O’Brien as Eugene Marchbanks.

At the Festival Theatre, Christopher Newton revisits Heartbreak House 25 years after first directing it at the Shaw Festival. As the Western world teeters toward the tragedy of war, a young girl, her father and her older fiancée receive a seemingly innocent invitation to join Hesione Hushabye for a weekend in the English countryside. One of Shaw’s most celebrated plays, Heartbreak House features Michael Ball as Captain Shotover, Deborah Hay as Hesione Hushabye and Robin Evan Willis as Ellie Dunn.

Drama at Inish – A Comedy at the Court House Theatre opens as a high toned theatre troupe arrives at a sleepy seaside town hinting at an impending recipe for disaster. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell directs Lennox Robinson’s delightful ensemble piece Drama at Inish – A Comedy that features 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.

This rarely-presented work by one of Ireland’s most revered playwrights, and one of the original producers of Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, is now our rediscovered gem in our 50th season celebrations and makes its Canadian premiere at the Shaw Festival.

At the Royal George Theatre, Associate Director Eda Holmes directs Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about mendacity and money, secrets and sins. Shaw Ensemble members Moya O’Connell, Gray Powell, Corrine Koslo and Jim Mezon bring the iconic family members Maggie, Brick, Big Mama and Big Daddy to full blooded life.

At the Festival Theatre, an innovative and fresh reinterpretation of My Fair Lady brings Eliza Doolittle’s London vibrantly to life and reinvigorates the memorable melodies and lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage, directs the breathtaking Bernard Shaw-inspired musical. Deborah Hay is featured as Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, Benedict Campbell as phonetics professor Henry Higgins, Patrick Galligan as Colonel Pickering and Neil Barclay as Alfred Doolittle.

This production of My Fair Lady has been assisted by a grant from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

My Fair Lady is sponsored by TD Bank Group while Candida is sponsored by Scotiabank Group. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Drama at Inish is sponsored by RBC Royal Bank and Heartbreak House is sponsored by CIBC.

For more information on our 50th season celebrations, please visit

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