13th International Milton Symposium: Visitor’s Guide – Shaw Festival

13th International Milton Symposium

University of Toronto | 10-14 July 2023

Visitor’s Guide: The Shaw Festival

Located in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Shaw Festival began in 1962 as a celebration of the plays of George Bernard Shaw, but has expanded to include a broad range of 20th-century and contemporary dramas, musicals, and concerts. This year’s offerings include plays by Bernard Shaw as well as J.M. Synge, Tom Stoppard, and Noel Coward, the musical Gypsy, and a dramatization of C.S.Lewis’ Narnian chronicle, Prince Caspian

Highlight: Pierre de Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance. Marivaux’s classic romantic comedy highlights the wildness of love. To match its spirit, the production will be played by a different cast each time – and there will be no learning of lines. The play will be improvised each time it is played. Literally anything can happen.

Play calendar July 9 – July 16

S, Jul 9M, Jul 10T, Jul 11W, Jul 12T, Jul 13F, Jul 14S, Jul 15S, Jul 16
The Apple Cart11:30am2:00pm8:00pm8:00pm8:00pm2:00pm
On the Razzle7:00pm2:00pm8:00pm8:00pm2:00pm
Prince Caspian 1:00pm2:00pm8:00pm
Blithe Spirit 7:00pm2:00pm7:00pm
A Grand Night for Singing7:00pm2:00pm7:00pm
Mother, Daughter2:00pm8:00pm2:00pm
Playboy of Western World8:00pm2:00pm7:00pm
Game of Love and Chance8:00pm2:00pm8:00pm
Village Wooing11:30am11:30am
Gospel Choir10:30am
The Shadow of a Doubt1:00pm

How to get there and back

Toronto-Niagara Shaw Express

Departs Royal York Hotel (across Union Station) at 10:00am
Stops for pick-up in Burlington at 430 John St
Departs Niagara on the Lake at 5pm (4pm on Sundays)

Schedule in calendar:

$29 return

Niagara Airbus

Departs Pearson, services multiple Niagara Region cities

~$120 airport to Niagara-on-the-Lake one-way 


Wego Bus

24 hour pass $16
48 hour pass $12


Niagara Go Train

$17 (presto, one-way)
$21 (standard fare, one-way)

Via Rail

$25-$75, ranges at time of booking


In and around Niagara-on-the-Lake:

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