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| George Bernard Shaw lived from 1856 to 1950 and was the most prolific playwright after Shakespeare. The Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake, has been celebrating his plays, and more latterly the plays that were written during his era, for over fifty years. It is a peculiarly home from home experience for me because the majority of the plays are so very English. Fifteen minutes drive from the kitsch and clamour of the stunning Niagara Falls we find the picture box town on the lake, (the lake in question being Lake Ontario.) This is surely one of Canada’s prettiest towns which also played a pivotal role in keeping Canada from becoming just another part of the United States in a massive bust up with the Americans in1812.
The town has four beautiful theatres within spitting distance of each other, where a whole lot of largely English playwrights are celebrated every year from May to October. My fellow blogger and I had press tickets to all the shows and gleefully made the most of the fantastic theatrical smorgasbord on offer.