Festivals & Events

The Play’s the Thing! – A Preview of Ontario Fall Theatre

The nights are cooler and the days are shorter, and though it’s hard to head indoors with the spectacular Ontario Fall Colours underway, these Ontario theatre productions are irresistible.

Stratford Shakespeare Festival – Stratford, Ontario
It’s been a notable year for North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. From presenting famed actress Maggie Smith with Stratford’s legacy award, to welcoming Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer back to the stage, this theatre company has been making headlines.

Some favourites this season? The crowd pleasing 42nd Street, the Shakespeare classic Henry V and the family fun You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Get to know the Peanuts Gang before the show with this catchy rendition of Call Me Maybe:

Between plays, head behind the scenes on Stratford’s Costume & Warehouse Tour and explore the local shops and restaurants, including the York Street Kitchen and Rheo Thompson Candies. You’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. Highly recommended at Rheo’s: the mint smoothies!

For more Stratford vacation ideas click here.

Shaw Festival – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Picture this – a quaint Ontario town, wineries nearby, and exceptional theatre within walking distance of your hotel. A trip to the Shaw Festival is the perfect chance to relax and recharge in a beautiful setting.

This year the energetic musical Ragtime has been a fan favourite. If you are looking for a classic play by George Bernard Shaw, check out Misalliance, on at the The Royal George Theatre. Not only will you love the play, but the venue itself is stunning, with Edwardian gilt moldings, red walls and golden lions. The 328-seat theatre was built as a vaudeville house to entertain the troops during World War I!

The Queen’s Landing Inn is an easy walk to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Queen Street, the core of the festival and shopping district. You’ll have a full itinerary with tasting the delicious wines, many which are made in nearby by Jordan and Vineland. Sample some of the local cuisine at Zee’s Grill or taste some VQA Wines at Wine Country Vintners. Most tastings are under $10!

For more Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation inspiration click here.

You’ve heard our picks – now let’s hear from you. Cast yourself in the role of the travel guide. Which Ontario theatre production would you recommend this fall?

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