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New Shaw director Carroll gets a bit more modern

A new era is dawning at the Shaw Festival, the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.-based repertory company that recently appointed Tim Carroll as its new artistic director.

On Aug. 18, the festival announced its first season under Carroll’s leadership, which officially begins in December.

Though the lineup is not exactly a radical departure from the template established by outgoing artistic director Jackie Maxwell, it does insert more contemporary plays into spaces previously reserved for the classics.

A look at the 11-play season, by theater:

FESTIVAL THEATRE

“Me and My Girl,” a revised take on the 1937 West End musical with book and lyrics by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber and music by Noel Gay.

“Saint Joan,” drama by George Bernard Shaw on the life and times of Joan of Arc. Read Dabkowski's review.

“Dracula,” drama by Bram Stoker, adapted for the stage by Liz Lochhead.

COURT HOUSE THEATRE

“1837: The Farmer’s Revolt,” drama by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille. Read Dabkowski's review.

“Androcles and the Lion,” drama by George Bernard Shaw.

“Stories for Children,” four short comic pieces by Oscar Wilde.

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

“The Madness of George III,” drama by Alan Bennett. Read Dabkowski's review.

“Dancing at Lughnasa,” drama by Brian Friel.

“An Octoroon,” comedy by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

STUDIO THEATRE

“Middletown,” drama by Will Eno.

“1979,” political drama by Michael Healey.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 5 for Shaw Festival members and Dec. 3 for the general public. For more information, visit shawfest.com or call (800) 511-7429.

Tim Carroll sets out to reshape the Shaw Festival

email: cdabkowski@buffnews.com

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