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Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels public events and performances until May 1, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

“We have an incredible team here who have been cooking up some wonderful theatre. Of course it is frustrating to have to put that on hold, but if our aim is to create a more human, more connected theatre, then our first priority has to be keeping everyone safe. I know our amazing audience will understand and support us; and we send everyone our love and good thoughts. Please stay safe and well; we will get through this together." 
– Tim Carroll, Artistic Director

Thank you to our patrons for your patience and support. The Shaw Festival is working to ensure our approach to the outbreak of COVID-19 – and its resulting repercussions on our patrons, our team members and our local community – is handled with care and consideration.

Based on the guidance of the provincial and federal governments, along with the Chief Medical Officer of Canada, the Shaw Festival is ceasing all non-essential business on-site, including cancelling all public events and performances, with the intention of resuming on May 1, 2020. 

At this time, we hope to resume rehearsals as well as re-open our administration and box offices on April 6, 2020. 

Your health and safety, and that of our community, artists and staff, is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation to see if additional adjustments, closures or cancellations are required based on the recommendations of the public health units of Niagara, the province and the country. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. The full value of your tickets will be held on your account and a box office representative will be in touch to reschedule or refund once our offices have re-opened. If you have any ticket-related questions in the meantime, please email  

On behalf of our 600 company members and 350 volunteers, we wish you and all of our patrons well in these difficult times.

Photo: Ghostlight in Royal George Theatre.