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Founded in 1962, the Shaw was known for many years for presenting the dramatic and comedic works of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. However, since Jackie Maxwell became artistic director, the mandate has changed: the Shaw now features forgotten plays from Shaw's era (often penned by women writers), as well as classics and new works by Canadian playwrights. As impressive a destination for theater-goers as Stratford, it runs from April until the first weekend of November and plays in the historic Court House Theatre, the exquisite Shaw Festival Theatre, the Royal George Theatre, and the Studio Theatre. Recent performances have included Born Yesterday, Star Chamber, and Shaw's In Good King Charles's Golden Days.

Free chamber concerts take place at various locales Sunday at 11am. Chats introduce performances on Friday evenings in July and August, and question-and-answer sessions follow Tuesday-evening performances.

The Shaw announces its festival program in mid-January. Prices range from C$30 to C$110; there are some "special matinees" that offer tickets for C$40 seniors and C$25 students. For more information, contact the Shaw Festival (tel. 800/511-7429 or 905/468-2172; www.shawfest.com).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.