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

At a glance




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

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 lineup of plays for 2014 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.

On Friday night you'll attend Sean O'Casey's contemporary classic Juno and the Paycock, and on Sunday you'll see 2 outstanding plays: a matinee performance of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story and then, on that night, the award-winning musical, Cabaret. Your Saturday play schedule, however, will be of your own design!

For your Saturday matinee play you may select the comedy The Charity that Began at Home by St John Hankin, or you may choose to see J.B. Priestly's comedy When We Are Married. For your Sunday evening performance you get to choose between 2 of George Bernard Shaw's most enduring plays: the romance, Arms and the Man, or the comedy, The Philanderer. 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 what you want to see.

As always, you may begin your Saturday by attending the optional lunch-time play if you would like an extra dose of theatre. This season's production is A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams.

Your weekend package also includes our popular educational seminar, a post-show chat after The Philadelphia Story, and a lunch shared with members of the Shaw's Repertory Company! You get 3 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! 

5 plays in all, 2 of your own choosing, with an option for a 6th, all in one of Canada's most picturesque towns! It really doesn't get much better than this.


Friday, September 26

  • 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 Juno and the Paycock, by Sean O'Casey.

Saturday, September 27

  • 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 11:30 you have the option of attending the Festival's popular lunchtime one-act. This year's production is A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, by American master playwright Tennessee Williams.
  • Afternoon: For your Sunday matinee performance you may choose between The Charity That Began at Home, or you may attend Priestley's comedy When We Are Married.
  • Evening: Conclude your day of theatre by choosing to attend Shaw's romantic Arms and The Man, or his comedy The Philanderer.

Sunday, September 28

  • Morning: Your morning is unscheduled so you can discover the offerings of this delightful village on Lake Ontario at its most quiet time. Sleep late, visit the hotel's spa, stroll the flower-filled streets and shops, attend church, visit Fort George on the banks of the Niagara River, play a round of golf at North America's oldest course, shop, or relax at the lakeshore park.
  • Lunch with the Cast: Once again we're including a meal in your program and you'll be joined at your table by members of the Shaw's acting company! This is a unique opportunity to spend some face-to-face time with the actors that you've been watching all weekend long, and a chance to get to know them on a personal level.
  • Afternoon: Your matinee performance is Philip Barry's beloved romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story. *enjoy a post-show chat in the theater after this performance!
  • Evening: For your final performance of the festival, the whole group enjoys one of the most unique musicals in the history of American theater: Cabaret.

Monday, September 29

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


Cost: $1,699 per person based on double occupancy; plus air. Price includes premier seating at all performances, 3 nights lodging, seminar, post-show discussion, lunch with the cast, and all transfers. Single supplement is $490.

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 The Prince of Wales Hotel in charming Niagara-on-the-Lake.

For performance information go online at: www.shawfest.com

Questions about our trip to Shaw Festival or other upcoming Educational Travel destinations? Contact: Doug Whittle» 608-263-7787 or Kim Seymour» 608-262-3731.

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