Shaw Festival

UW-Madison returns to one of the continent's most delightful towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the unparalleled theatre experience of the Shaw Festival.

Join us for an always fantastic festival of theatre. Our plays this year include An Octoroon, Dracula, Middletown, The Madness of King George III, and Androcles and the Lion. You also get to choose between Saint Joan and Dancing at Lughnasa. Participants may also attend two optional performances: Me and My Girl and Wilde Tales as well.

At a glance

What: Shaw Festival

When: Sept 7-11, 2017

Cost: $1,999


For additional information, contact: Doug Whittle» 608-263-7787 or Kim Seymour» 608-262-3731.

2017 Shaw Festival Brochure

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What you'll experience

Join us for what New York Magazine calls “North America’s premier repertory company,” and see for yourself why this is our most popular trip every year. The Shaw Festival is a justifiably famous destination for great theatre, and the 2017 lineup of plays under the first year of their new artistic director, Tim Carroll, is outstanding. With the option to choose from a selection of works by George Bernard Shaw and other playwrights, this is an opportunity for a great weekend of first-rate theatre for you and your friends in a beautiful and welcoming location.

This year the entire group will attend five plays together, and you get to choose one of your matinee performances! On Thursday night we see the Obie Award-winning comedy by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon; on Saturday afternoon you attend Dracula, by Bram Stoker; that evening you see the drama Middletown, by Will Eno, and on Sunday we conclude our weekend of theatre with a matinee performance of Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George III and an evening performance of Shaw’s Androcles and the Lion

As always, we are giving you options for a few of your plays. For your Saturday evening play you may choose Shaw’s classic, Saint Joan, or the lovely Irish masterpiece, Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel; and this year’s optional plays are the musical comedy, Me and My Girl – book and lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Farber – on Friday afternoon, and the lunchtime one-act, Wilde Tales, by Oscar Wilde, on Saturday morning.

No matter which plays you decide upon, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t worry about it now, though. Once you register for the trip we’ll ask you which plays you wish to see.

You get four nights lodging at the luxurious The Prince of Wales Hotel, and coach transfers to and from the airport with our traditional lunch stop at Niagara Falls on the way to the festival, so all you have to do this weekend is sign up, relax, and enjoy yourself!

Six plays, with options to attend two others, all in one of Canada’s most picturesque towns! It really doesn’t get much better than this.

Make plans now to join us!


Thursday, September 7

  • Morning: Fly to Buffalo, NY, and transfer by coach to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Along the way you’ll stop for lunch and enjoy the awesome spectacle of Niagara Falls!
  • Afternoon: Arrive and settle into your room at the elegant The Prince of Wales Hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore the beautiful village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Evening: Tonight the whole group will see the edgy comedy, An Octoroon, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

Friday, September 8

  • This is a free day for you to enjoy on your own in this lovely region, but if you’d like to attend a matinee you may opt to see the musical comedy, Me and My Girl.
  • Evening: Tonight you have a choice of plays: you may attend Shaw’s powerful drama, Saint Joan, or the award-winning Irish tale, Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel.

Saturday, September 9

  • Morning: This morning you join the group for coffee, muffins, and our popular educational seminar. Always informative, this is an opportunity to gain insights into the plays you will attend and the inner workings of the festival itself, while spending a little time getting to know your fellow travelers.
  • At 11:30am you have the option of attending the Festival’s popular lunchtime one-act. This year’s production is Wilde Tales by Oscar Wilde.
  • Afternoon: For your Saturday matinee performance, you will see Bram Stoker’s thriller, Dracula.
  • Evening: Conclude your day of theatre with Will Eno’s modern drama, Middletown.

Sunday, September 10

  • Morning: Your morning is unscheduled so you can discover the offerings of this delightful village on Lake Ontario at its most peaceful time.
  • Afternoon: Your matinee today is Alan Bennett’s most popular play, The Madness of King George III.
  • Evening: For your final performance of the festival the whole group enjoys one of Shaw’s funniest plays, Androcles and the Lion.

Monday, September 11

  • This morning the coach will transfer you back to Buffalo for your flight home.

Please join us for a weekend of theatre, education, good friends, and natural beauty!


Cost: $1,999 per person based on double occupancy; plus air. Price includes premier seating at all performances, four nights lodging, seminar, and all transfers. Single supplement is $684.

We will request your customized play choices upon receipt of your registration.

Airfare is not included in this package price. Upon receipt of your deposit we will put you in contact with our travel agent who can make your flight arrangements, regardless of your point of origin, if you wish. If you plan to make your own air arrangements, please contact us first to confirm your space/ground arrangements.

Lodging: You'll enjoy luxury accommodations at the beautiful Prince of Wales Hotel in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake.

For performance information go online at:

Questions about this trip or other upcoming Educational Travel destinations? Contact Doug Whittle, 608-263-7787,, or Kim Seymour, 608-262-3731,

Registration: To register, complete the registration form and mail it to:
Kim Seymour
Educational Travel Program
21 N Park St., 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

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