The Shaw Festival announces casting for the 2020 season

– Tickets go on sale to Friends of The Shaw on November 2
and to the public on December 7 –

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 1, 2019) — Artistic Director Tim Carroll announces casting for the Shaw Festival’s 2020 season.

“I’m really happy to have some familiar faces returning to the company – including a certain Artistic Director Emerita to the directing team – and I’m pleased to welcome a wave of fresh talent to keep us all on our toes,” says Tim Carroll.  “Our ensemble grows a bit this year thanks to our thrilling partnership with Ravi Jain’s Why Not Theatre. I look forward to getting to work with all these incredible artists.”

A Musical Fable, Book by Arthur Laurents
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee
Original production by David Merrick and Leland Hayward

Entire production originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Directed and choreographed by Kimberley Rampersad
Music direction by Paul Sportelli
Set designed by Cory Sincennes
Costumes designed by Tamara Marie     
Lighting designed by Kevin Fraser
Sound designed by John Lott
Previews April 8 ◆ Available for review beginning May 7 ◆ Closes October 11

The Shaw Festival’s Associate Artistic Director Kate Hennig stars as one of the most complex characters in musical theatre, Momma Rose. Thrust into the spotlight by the ultimate stage mom are Madelyn Kriese as June and Julie Lumsden as Louise. Their manager Herbie, played by Jason Cadieux, helps Momma Rose and her daughters find their limelight in this timeless musical about sex, power and longing.

Gypsy also features Andrew Broderick, James Daly, Kristi Frank, Kyle Golemba, Drew Plummer, Kiera Sangster, Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane, Jacqueline Thair, Jay Turvey, Kelly Wong and Jenny L. Wright.

Age Recommendation: Age 12+

GYPSY is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

By Bernard Shaw

Directed by Eda Holmes
Set designed by Michael Gianfrancesco  Costumes designed by Gillian Gallow
Lighting designed by Bonnie Beecher
Original music by Paul Sportelli
Previews May 14  ◆ Available for review beginning June 18 ◆ Closes October 9

Martin Happer plays the scoundrel Richard Dudgeon in The Devil’s Disciple, Bernard Shaw’s first major hit, featuring some of the playwright’s sharpest comedy. Verbally sparring with Happer are Katherine Gauthier as Judith Anderson and Graeme Somerville as Reverend Anderson.

The Devil’s Disciple also features David Alan Anderson, Damien Atkins, Kristopher Bowman, Julia Course, Emily Lukasik, Tom McCamus, Peter Millard, Chick Reid and Johnathan Sousa.

Age Recommendation: Age 12+
THE DEVIL’S DISCIPLE is sponsored by the William and Nona Macdonald Heaslip Foundation
and the Gabriel Pascal Memorial Fund.

By R. Hamilton Wright
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Directed by Craig Hall
Designed by Ken MacKenzie
Lighting designed by Michelle Ramsay
Projections designed by Cameron Davis
Original music and sound designed by John Gzowski
Previews June 21 ◆ Available for review beginning July 23 ◆ Closes October 18

The vibrant trio from 2018’s fan-favourite The Hound of the Baskervilles return for Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse. Damien Atkins stars as Sherlock Holmes with Ric Reid as the incomparable Dr. Watson and Claire Jullien as the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson.

Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse also features Peter Fernandes, Rong Fu, Katherine Gauthier, Marla McLean, Mike Nadajewski, Sarena Parmar and Chick Reid.

Age Recommendation: Age 12+

Adapted by Ravi Jain and Miriam Fernandes
Original concept developed with Jenny Koons
A Why Not Theatre Production
Commissioned and presented by the Shaw Festival
Directed by Ravi Jain
Designed by Camellia Koo
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Projections designed by Hana S. Kim
Original music and sound designed by John Gzowski and Suba Sankaran
Previews August 15 ◆ Available for review beginning August 22 ◆ Closes September 19

Presented in conjunction with Toronto’s Why Not Theatre, the Mahabharata, a visually stunning contemporary take on the Sanskrit epic foundational to Indian culture, will be brought to life by Praneet Akilla, Nadine Bhabha, Hamed Dar, Jay Emmanuel, Miriam Fernandes, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Goldy Notay, Nadeem Phillip and Navtej Sandhu.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+
Mahabharata is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada. Mahabharata was developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Mahabharata is sponsored by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Tim & Frances Price, and Corinne & Victor Rice with additional support provided by the Andy Pringle Creative Reserve.

By Brandon Thomas

Directed by Tim Carroll
Designed by Christine Lohre
Lighting designed by Louise Guinand
Previews April 2 ◆ Available for review beginning May 7 ◆ Closes October 17
Cameron Grant as Charley and Peter Fernandes as Jack are the two young men hoping to court their sweethearts. Mike Nadajewski stars as the wild-card Lord Fancourt Babberley, whose fancy-dress costume just might save the day.Charley’s Aunt also features Neil Barclay, Rong Fu, Patrick Galligan, Claire Jullien, Marla McLean, Sarena Parmar and Ric Reid.

Age Recommendation: Age 11+
CHARLEY’S AUNT is sponsored by Mary E. Hill.

Adapted for the stage by Damien Atkins
Based on the novel by C.S. Lewis

Directed by Molly Atkinson
Designed by Cory Sincennes
Lighting designed by Jareth Li
Original music and sound designed by Alessandro Juliani
Previews April 23 ◆ Available for review beginning May 21 ◆ Closes September 5


The Shaw’s third foray into Narnia stars Jonathan Tan as Prince Caspian, Kyle Blair as Peter, Élodie Gillett as Susan, Andrew Lawrie as Edmund and Gabriella Sundar Singh as Lucy. The ensemble cast is completed by Nigel Bennett, Fiona Byrne, Moya O’Connell, Gray Powell, Sanjay Talwar and Shauna Thompson.

Age Recommendation: Age 6+


PRINCE CASPIAN is sponsored by Hummel Properties Inc.
with additional support provided by Children and Family Program Supporter Christopher & Jeanne Jennings.

Lunchtime One-Act
Based on the novella by Virginia Woolf
Adapted by Tim Carroll

Directed by Tim Carroll
Designed by Hanne Loosen
Lighting designed by Nick Andison
Movement and puppetry by Alexis Milligan
October 10 ◆ Closes June 19◆ Available for review beginning June 5 Previews
Jeff Irving, Julie Lumsden, Drew Plummer and Jacqueline Thair tell one of the greatest love stories of all time… through the eyes of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s dog.Age Recommendation: Age 12+


FLUSH is sponsored by James and Diane King.

Book by John Weidman
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
From an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Playwrights Horizons, Inc. – New York City
Produced Assassins Off-Broadway in 1990
Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin

Directed by Meg Roe
Music direction by Paul Sportelli
Movement by Esie Mensah
Designed by Camellia Koo
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Sound designed by Alessandro Juliani
Previews July 11 ◆ Available for review beginning July 23 ◆ Closes October 10
The assassins and would-be assassins are Andrew Broderick as Giuseppe Zangara, Jason Cadieux as Samuel Byck, James Daly as John Wilkes Booth, Kristi Frank as Lynette Fromme, Kyle Golemba as John Hinckley and David Herold, Jeff Irving as the Proprietor, Olivia Sinclair-Brisbane as Emma Goldman, Jay Turvey as Charles Guiteau, Kelly Wong as Leon Czolgosz and Jenny L. Wright as Sara Jane Moore.Age Recommendation: Age 14+

ASSASSINS is sponsored by James F. Brown.



The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.
By J.M. Synge

Directed by Jackie Maxwell
Designed by Judith Bowden
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Previews May 6 ◆ Available for review beginning May 21 ◆ Closes September 6
Moya O’Connell returns to the Shaw Festival to take on the role of Pegeen Mike opposite Gray Powell as the would-be murderer Christy Mahon. O’Connell and Powell most recently played opposite each other in the critically acclaimed Middletown in 2017. Fiona Byrne plays Pegeen Mike’s determined rival, the Widow Quinn.The Playboy of the Western World also features Nigel Bennett, Kyle Blair, Élodie Gillett, Andrew Lawrie, Gabriella Sundar Singh, Sanjay Talwar, Jonathan Tan and Shauna Thompson.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD is sponsored by Michael Eagen.

By Eugene O’Neill

Directed by Selma Dimitrijevic
Designed by Judith Bowden
Lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte
Previews June 4 ◆ Available for review beginning June 18 ◆ Closes October 10

Julia Course plays Abi Putnam, a young woman caught between duty to her new husband (Tom McCamus as Ephraim Cabot) and her passionate feelings for his son (Johnathan Sousa as Eben Cabot).

Desire Under the Elms also features Kristopher Bowman, Martin Happer and Emily Lukasik.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+

By Alice Childress

Directed by Philip Akin
Set designed by Rachel Forbes
Costumes designed by Judith Bowden
Lighting designed by Mikael Kangas
Previews July 17 ◆ Available for review beginning July 26 ◆ Closes October 10
This devastatingly accurate satire is led by Kiera Sangster as Millie Davis and Graeme Somerville as Al Manners.Trouble in Mind also features David Alan Anderson, Neil Barclay, Patrick Galligan, Cameron Grant, Madelyn Kriese and Peter Millard.

Age Recommendation: Age 14+

Casting continues for the Shaw Festival’s 2020 season – further updates will be available at Casts of the fourth iteration of A Christmas Carol and the return of Me and My Girl will be announced in 2020.

Tickets for the 2020 season will be available through the Box Office at 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) and online at The Shaw Festival’s 2020 season goes on sale to Friends of The Shaw beginning November 2 and the public on December 7. Patrons wishing to get front-of-the-line access to tickets can visit or call 1-800-657-1106 x 2556 to become Friends of The Shaw.

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