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Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces casting and creatives for 2021 main season productions

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Artistic Director Tim Carroll announces casting for the Shaw Festival’s upcoming productions of Charley’s Aunt, Flush, The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, A Short History of Niagara and Trouble in Mind.

“As we prepare to come together and begin in-person theatre performances again, I'm thrilled to be able to reveal the incredible artists returning to the company and welcome a few new faces making their Shaw Festival debuts,” says Tim Carroll. “I can’t wait for our audience to experience their talent on our stages, live and in real time.”

By Brandon Thomas

Directed by Tim CarrollScenic and costume design by Christine Lohre
Previews July 9 ◆ Available for review beginning July 25 ◆ Closes October 10

Andrew Lawrie as Charley and Peter Fernandes as Jack are two eager young men hoping to court their sweethearts. Mike Nadajewski is wild-card Lord Fancourt Babberley, whose turn in fancy-dress just might save the day.
Charley’s Aunt also features Neil Barclay, Patrick Galligan, Alexis Gordon, Claire Jullien, Marla McLean, Ric Reid and Gabriella Sundar Singh.

Age Recommendation: Age 11+


Based on the novella by Virginia Woolf
Adapted by Tim Carroll

Directed by Tim Carroll
Scenic and costume design by
Hanne Loosen
Puppetry by Alexandra Montagnese

Previews July 10 ◆ Available for review beginning July 24 ◆ Closes October 2
Julie Lumsden*, Drew Plummer*, Jonathan Tan and Jacqueline Thair tell one of the greatest love stories of all time … through the eyes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s beloved dog.
Age Recommendation: Age 12+


By Bernard Shaw

Directed by Eda Holmes
Scenic design by Michael Gianfrancesco  
Costume design by Gillian Gallow
Original music by Paul Sportelli
Previews July 14  ◆ Available for review beginning July 23  ◆ Closes October 9
Martin Happer is scoundrel Richard Dudgeon in The Devil’s Disciple, Bernard Shaw’s first theatrical hit featuring his unique blend of dark comedy and melodrama. Verbally sparring with Happer are Katherine Gauthier as Judith Anderson and Graeme Somerville as Reverend Anderson.
The Devil’s Disciple also features David Alan Anderson, Damien Atkins, Kristopher Bowman, Fiona Byrne, Julia Course, Tom McCamus, Peter Millard, Chick Reid, Johnathan Sousa and Shauna Thompson*.

Age Recommendation: Age 12+

By R. Hamilton Wright
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Directed by Craig Hall
Scenic and costume design by Ken MacKenzie
Lighting design by Michelle Ramsay
Projection design by Cameron Davis
Original music and sound design by
John Gzowski
Previews July 23Available for review beginning August 7  Closes October 10

The vibrant trio from 2018’s fan-favourite The Hound of the Baskervilles returns for Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse. Damien Atkins once again dons the deerstalker as Sherlock Holmes and reunites with Ric Reid as the incomparable Dr. Watson and Claire Jullien as the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson.
Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse also features Jason Cadieux, Katherine Gauthier, Marla McLean, Mike Nadajewski, Chick Reid and Donna Soares.

Age Recommendation: Age 12+


Created and performed by
Alexandra Montagnese and Mike Petersen
Original music and sound design by
Ryan Cowl
Commissioned and presented by the
Shaw Festival

Directed by Tim Carroll
Previews July 29 ◆ Available for review beginning July 31 ◆ Closes August 15

The rich history of the Niagara Region – from the Maid of the Mist to Laura Secord to the founding of the Shaw Festival – is brought to life in thirty minutes through the lively, no dialogue artistry of puppet theatre.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+


By Alice Childress

Directed by Philip Akin
Scenic design by Rachel Forbes 
Costume design by Ming Wong
Lighting design by Mikael Kangas
Previews August 8 ◆ Available for review beginning August 21 ◆ Closes October 9

Nafeesa Monroe is Wiletta, the Black actor at the centre of Alice Childress’ unflinching look at privilege and race in the theatre community. Appearing alongside Monroe is Kiera Sangster as veteran actor Millie Davis and Graeme Somerville as director Al Manners.
Trouble in Mind also features Kaleb Alexander, David Alan Anderson, Neil Barclay, Kristi Frank, Patrick Galligan and Peter Millard.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+

Casts of the upcoming, yet to be announced, series of outdoor concerts and activities; Desire Under the Elms, the fourth iteration of A Christmas Carol and the return of Holiday Inn will be announced at a later date. Further updates will be available at
Tickets for the 2021 season are available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) and online at
The Shaw Festival plans to present the 2021 season as per the revised schedule; however, performances will only take place if deemed safe to do so. In addition to following and exceeding the directives of local, provincial and federal governments and their respective public health agencies, The Shaw has implemented a robust Duty of Care initiative. These measures include significant infrastructure improvements and a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of audiences, company members and communities.