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Shaw's 2014 lineup for Court House, Royal George and Studio Theatres

Shaw 2014
Shaw's 2014 lineup for Court House, Royal George and Studio Theatres

Following its 2014 Festival Theatre playbill announcement, Cabaret , The Philadelphia Story and The Philanderer , the Shaw Festival revealed today the productions planned for the Court House, Royal George and Studio Theatres, as programmed by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell who said that "Our upcoming season continues to explore a unique mix of works from both The Shaw's original mandate, and modern works that not only embody Bernard Shaw's spirited legacy, but look at the world through a Shavian lens."

The Court House Theatre
The Court House Theatre features the work of St. John Hankin who returns to the Court House Theatre with the comedy The Charity That Began at Home . Hankin's incendiary comedy will be directed by Christopher Newton who returns to The Shaw to direct his third Hankin work. Previously he directed The Cassilis Engagement and The Return of the Prodigal both successful productions at the Shaw Festival.

Associate Director Eda Holmes will direct The Sea by living playwright Edward Bond . This strong ensemble piece, full of biting wit and quiet unsettling dark humour, makes its Shaw Festival premiere at the Court House Theatre and brings one of England's most provocative and important contemporary writers to the Festival.

The Court House Theatre playbill will also include a Lunchtime production, and details will be announced at a later date.

Christopher Newton   Eda Holmes   Martin Luther King, Jr.   Morris Panych   Sean OCasey by Reginald Gray

The Royal George Theatre
The team of director Morris Panych and designer Ken MacDonald will lend their particular panache to Shaw's Arms and the Man - one of Bernard Shaw's most delightful plays with a sting in its tail.

Joseph Ziegler returns to direct J.B. Priestley's When We Are Married - a charming social satire where marriage and all that surrounds it gets put on display. Last seen at The Shaw in 1990, When We Are Married is ranked as one of the funniest and enduring plays Priestley ever wrote.

One of the great plays of the 20th century, Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock makes its Shaw Festival premiere and rounds out the Royal George Theatre's playbill. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell will direct the extraordinary mix of humour, drama and politics that has made this play one of the most celebrated of its time.

The Studio Theatre
After the critical success of its first collaboration, 2011's Topdog/Underdog , the Shaw Festival and Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto) will continue to build its theatrical relationship by teaming up once again to produce The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. Obsidian Theatre artistic director Philip Akin will direct Hall's daring re-envisioning of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Mountaintop"

Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey

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