It’s that time again, the American Stage Travel Trippers are heading to NIAGARA ON THE LAKE for the George Bernard Shaw Festival!
General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:
5. 4 STAR PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL
Offering close proximity to unique shops and boutiques and just steps from the world renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. The historic Victorian-style hotel has 110 individually decorated guest rooms, an award-winning restaurant, lounge and patio, a world-class spa and a lavish tea room serving afternoon tea daily.
When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.
4. NIAGARA ON THE LAKE
Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Its many attractions include historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping, golf courses, parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.
“You don’t understand, do you? You could no more walk the Lambeth way than we could walk the Mayfair way.”
– ME AND MY GIRL
This delightful comic romp from the thirties follows the fortunes of Bill Snibson, a proud Cockney who is amazed to learn that he’s actually the fourteenth Earl of Hareford. But if he wants to claim his title, it looks as if he will have to shed his old life – and love.
With well-loved classic songs including The Lambeth Walk and Leaning on a Lamp Post, Me and My Girl was brilliantly updated by Stephen Fry in 1986 for a run that won a hatful of Olivier, Drama Desk and Tony Awards.
“Be careful how you cut yourself. It is more dangerous than you think in this country.”
Liz Lochhead’s stunning version of Bram Stoker’s Gothic thriller is all about repressed erotic hunger: in Victorian England, men are as terrified of female desire as they are of blood-sucking vampires. Sexy, funny and scary, this is red-blooded theatre that will leave all your senses on fire.
1. The Shaw Festival’s Production of ST. JOAN
Saint Joan is Bernard Shaw’s greatest play. At its centre is the most remarkable teenage girl in history. But who is she? The divinely-inspired saviour of France? A dangerously clever charlatan? Or a pathetically deluded country girl? It all depends on your point of view. Whatever she is, eventually Joan is bound to become an embarrassment to the male-dominated world she has turned upside-down. And then what?
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