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Shaw Festival: Court House Theatre

Courthouse Theatre, Niagara on the Lake
The Court House Theatre was originally the seat of government for Newark, the capital of Upper Canada. A national historic site dating from the 1840s, the Court House is where the Shaw Festival began in 1962. The building’s upper level combines an intimate 327-seat auditorium with a thrust stage. (Photo courtesy Niagara Falls Public Library).

General Information



The Shaw is the only festival that specializes in the works of Bernard Shaw, his contemporaries and plays from his era (1856-1950). In recent years, the company has started to mount a selection of quality contemporary works to complement the classic fare that has been the staple of the festival.


Year round visitors come to experience the fine theatre performances housed in the historic sites of the Royal George Theatre, the Court House Theatre (above), and at the flagship Festival Theatre.  Experiencing the quality theatre of the Shaw incorporates wonderfully into weekend and overnight getaways to Niagara's fruit and wine country.


Kindly visit the Shaw Festival website or contact the Shaw box office  by phone for the schedule of performances and booking information.


Hours of Operation

Call to confirm

Further Information

Shaw Festival: http://www.shawfest.com/



Ownership & Management

Shaw Festival Theatre

Admission Fee

Call to confirm


26 Queens Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0


(905) 468 2172

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.255028
Longitude -79.071777


Shaw Festival
10 Queen Street
BOX 774
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0
Tel (905) 468 2172
Fax (905) 468 3804
Toll free 1 (800) 511 7429

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