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  • Brian Doherty and Tom Burrows in front of the Court House Theatre
    Image       Newspaper photograph with caption:" Shaw Founder Brian Doherty and General Manager Tom Burrows get their heads together over one of the myriad details associated with day-to-day operation of the Festival."
    Image     Newspaper photograph with caption:" Shaw Founder Brian Doherty and General Manager Tom Burrows get their heads together over one of the myriad details associated with day-to-day operation of the Festival."
  • Christopher Newton - Artist of the theatre
    Video       "Christopher Newton - Artist of the theatre". Program produced in association with the Shaw Festival and the World Stage Festival in 1998. Christopher Newton, actor, director and artistic director of the Shaw Festival explains his philosophy, his belief in connections, dialogue as shaping life, and a life force that connects ...
    Video     "Christopher Newton - Artist of the theatre". Program produced in association with the Shaw Festival and the World Stage Festival in 1998. Christopher Newton, actor, director and artistic director of ...
  • Father Doherty's Miracle
    Text       Compilation of different interviews with the founders, actors, designers, volunteers, people involved in the creation and first years of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Among them: Brian Doherty, Calvin Rand, Alice Crowley, Sandy Webster, Tim Devlin, Dorothy Middleditch, Barbara Ransom, Thomas Burrows, Raymond Wickens, Betty Taylor, Mary Coltart, Margherita Howe, Tony ...
    Text     Compilation of different interviews with the founders, actors, designers, volunteers, people involved in the creation and first years of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Among them: Brian Doherty, Calvin Rand, Alice ...
  • Fiona Reid as Amanda Prynne in "Private Lives"
    ImageText       reverse: "Fiona Reid Photo (black and white). Fiona Reid as Amanda Prynne in Noel Coward's Private Lives. The spectacular performance played at the Shaw Festival Theatre for two seasons in a row: 1983 and 1984."
    ImageText     reverse: "Fiona Reid Photo (black and white). Fiona Reid as Amanda Prynne in Noel Coward's Private Lives. The spectacular performance played at the Shaw Festival Theatre for two seasons in ...
  • Laughter & Tears. The 1960s
    Text       Article "Laughter & Tears. The 1960s" about beginnings of the Shaw Festival, featuring interviews with some of the performers.
    Text     Article "Laughter & Tears. The 1960s" about beginnings of the Shaw Festival, featuring interviews with some of the performers.
  • The new Shaw Festival Theatre opens. Guests include Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
    Image       Black and white photograph of Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with wife and India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during opening ceremony of new Shaw Festival Theatre in June 1973.
    Image     Black and white photograph of Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with wife and India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during opening ceremony of new Shaw Festival Theatre in June 1973.
  • Queen Elizabeth II during performance of "You never can tell" at the new Shaw Festival Theatre.
    Image       Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II during performance of "You never can tell" at the new Shaw Festival Theatre. Standing in the same row: Calving Rand, President of the Shaw Festival Theatre (first left), Jacob Froese, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake (first right) and her husband, Duke of Edinburgh ...
    Image     Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II during performance of "You never can tell" at the new Shaw Festival Theatre. Standing in the same row: Calving Rand, President of ...
  • Queen Elizabeth II with Calvin Rand, President of the Shaw Festival Theatre, at performance of "You never can tell"
    Image       Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II with Calvin Rand at new Shaw Festival Theatre in June 1973.
    Image     Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II with Calvin Rand at new Shaw Festival Theatre in June 1973.
  • Queen Elizabeth II with Jacob Froese, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, at grand opening of the Shaw Festival Theatre.
    Image       Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II walking with Jacob Froese, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, outside of new Shaw Festival Theatre. They are in a group of people, with Duke of Edinburgh behind the queen and a crowd of photographers far on the left. The new Festival Theatre was ...
    Image     Black and white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II walking with Jacob Froese, Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake, outside of new Shaw Festival Theatre. They are in a group of people, with ...
  • The Shaw Festival 1962: Candida
    Image       Copies of colour photographs of David Michener, Barbara Ransom and Tim Devlin in "Candida", the first full-length production of the Shaw Festival.
    Image     Copies of colour photographs of David Michener, Barbara Ransom and Tim Devlin in "Candida", the first full-length production of the Shaw Festival.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Alice Crawley
    AudioText       Interview with Alice Crawley, actress and designer. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1962 (set designer); 1974 (actress. Part of Shaw Festival Foundation Oral History Project
    AudioText     Interview with Alice Crawley, actress and designer. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1962 (set designer); 1974 (actress. Part of Shaw Festival Foundation Oral History Project
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Barbara Ransom
    AudioImageText       Interview with Barbara Ransom who played a leading role in "Candida" during the first season of the Shaw Festival in 1962. Photograph of Barbara Ransom with David Michener and Tim Devlin in "Candida", 1962.
    AudioImageText     Interview with Barbara Ransom who played a leading role in "Candida" during the first season of the Shaw Festival in 1962. Photograph of Barbara Ransom with David Michener and Tim ...
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Betty Mitchell
    Audio       Interview with Betty Mitchell, one of the first members of the Shaw Festival Women's Committee and the president in 1968-69. Audio file only, no transcription.
    Audio     Interview with Betty Mitchell, one of the first members of the Shaw Festival Women's Committee and the president in 1968-69. Audio file only, no transcription.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Betty Taylor
    AudioText       Interview with Betty Taylor, seamstress and costumer. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1963-69.
    AudioText     Interview with Betty Taylor, seamstress and costumer. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1963-69.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Brian Doherty
    Audio       Interview with Brian Doherty by Kenneth Reid about the origin of the Shaw Festival Theatre at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Audio file only; no transcription.
    Audio     Interview with Brian Doherty by Kenneth Reid about the origin of the Shaw Festival Theatre at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Audio file only; no transcription.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Calvin Rand
    AudioText       Interview with Calvin Rand, the Shaw Festival Founding Chair and President from 1964 to 1979.
    AudioText     Interview with Calvin Rand, the Shaw Festival Founding Chair and President from 1964 to 1979.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Cameron Porteous
    Audio       Interview over the phone with Cameron Porteous, head of design at the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 1997. Transcription only; audio file not available.
    Audio     Interview over the phone with Cameron Porteous, head of design at the Shaw Festival from 1980 to 1997. Transcription only; audio file not available.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Carolyn MacKenzie
    TextAudio       Interview with Mary Haney, actress and member of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1978-80, 1986, 1988-99. Transcription only; audio file not available.
    TextAudio     Interview with Mary Haney, actress and member of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Seasons with the Shaw Festival: 1978-80, 1986, 1988-99. Transcription only; audio file not available.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Christopher Newton,  Anthony Bridge and Jennifer Phipps, 1994
    Video       Interview with Christopher Newton and actors Anthony Bridge and Jennifer Phipps. Video recording of the TVO (TVOntario) program The Senior Report.
    Video     Interview with Christopher Newton and actors Anthony Bridge and Jennifer Phipps. Video recording of the TVO (TVOntario) program The Senior Report.
  • The Shaw Festival Oral History - Christopher Newton, 1991
    Video       Interview with Christopher Newton by Sharon Watkinson, a host of "P.S. Niagara U.," a cable television program that aired in the Western New York area. Also featured in this program: David Midland, the Artpark President and Pat Quigley, Statford Festival.
    Video     Interview with Christopher Newton by Sharon Watkinson, a host of "P.S. Niagara U.," a cable television program that aired in the Western New York area. Also featured in this program: ...
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The Shaw Festival


The Shaw Festival is a major Canadian theatre festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the second largest repertory theatre company in North America. Founded in 1962, its original mandate was to stimulate interest in George Bernard Shaw and his period, and to advance the development of theatre arts in Canada.