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Shaw Festival announces 2013 season

The Shaw Festival's Artistic Director, Jackie Maxwell, has announced the 2013 season playbill for its upcoming 52nd season.

On the Festival Theatre stage, there are two premieres and an Oscar Wilde return - Lady Windermere's Fan directed by Peter Hinton, who also directed the critically acclaimed 2011 production of Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling.

Guys and Dolls will be directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, and Enchanted April, the Tony Award-nominated stage adaptation by Matthew Barber of Elizabeth von Arnim's bestselling novel will be directed by Jackie Maxwell. It features a story about renewal and the rediscovery of love and hope as post WWI London gives way to the glories of Northern Italy.

After an eight year hiatus, Major Barbara returns, this time to the intimate setting of the Royal George Theatre, where it has never been staged before, and it will be directed by Ms. Maxwell, whose last foray into the works of Shaw was the celebrated production of St. Joan in 2007. The re-examination of Shaw's later, more complex plays also continues with the rethinking of Shaw's Geneva, a relevant tale of international co-operation and the lack thereof. Canadian playwright John Murrell ( Waiting for the Parade, 2004) has created an exuberant adaptation re-titled Peace in Our Time: A Comedy, that still maintains the provocative ideas of Shaw's original work, giving us a amazing world where politics meets the Marx Brothers! Ensemble member Blair Williams directs this balletic extravaganza at the Court House.

Also at the Court House Theatre is the deeply moving Craig Lucas/ Adam Guettel musical, The Light in the Piazza - a six-time Tony Award-winning musical about a romance between a young American woman and an Italian man that hits some unexpected and disturbing obstacles. Ensemble member Jay Turvey, who created a stir with his stylish production of Trouble in Tahiti this past season, will direct.

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The ever popular Lunchtime will once again be presented at the Court House Theatre and features a duo of short plays, Susan Glaspell's Trifles and Eugene O'Neill's A Wife for a Life, which examine the stresses of marriage from two very different points of view.

Sharing the Royal George's stage with Shaw's Major Barbara, is W. Somerset Maugham's Our Betters. Morris Panych returns to direct this provocative comedy about free-spirited American social climbers who travel to Britain in search of aristocratic husbands, a new Maugham treasure. Also on the Royal George stage is Brian Friel's Faith Healer, a play that centres on a charismatic but deeply flawed "healer" and the night that changes his life. Talented young west coast director Craig Hall makes his Shaw directing debut.

The Shaw's Studio Theatre continues to be a home to contemporary Shavians, and this season, welcomes one of the world's most celebrated jugglers of brilliant ideas, Tom Stoppard. In his play, Arcadia, a mysterious love story is played out in the past, then revised in the present with poetry, algebra and landscape gardening all playing a part. This theatrical dazzler, with a heartfelt centre, will be directed by Shaw's Artistic Associate Eda Holmes.

Guys and Dolls (1950)

Lady Windermere's Fan (1892)
Enchanted April (2003)

Peace in our Time: A Comedy (2012)
The Light in the Piazza (2003)

Trifles (1916) and
A Wife for a Life (1913)
Major Barbara (1905)
Our Betters (1915)
Faith Healer (1979)
Arcadia (1993)
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows, music & lyrics by Frank Loesser. Based on two short stories by Damon Runyon.
Oscar Wilde
Matthew Barber, adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
Adapted from the Bernard Shaw play Geneva (1938) by John Murrell.
Book by Craig Lucas, music & lyrics by Adam Guettel, presented in association with Acting Up Stage Company. Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer.

Susan Glaspell and Eugene O'Neill

Bernard Shaw
W. Somerset Maugham
Brian Friel
Tom Stoppard
Tadeusz Bradecki

Peter Hinton
Jackie Maxwell

Blair Williams

Jay Turvey


Jackie Maxwell
Morris Panych
Craig Hall
Eda Holmes


Court House

Court House

Court House

Royal George
Royal George
Royal George
Studio Theatre

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