Ontario’s Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect getaway from Toronto – and there’s no better time to visit than during the Shaw Theatre Festival! Started in 1962 and named after George Bernard Shaw, this festival was designed to raise interest in the arts in Canada – and I can’t think of a bigger success! Here are some of the shows that are worth seeing this year. THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III A sumptuous tale well told, The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett takes on a new urgency in the 21st Century. What do you do when the head of state goes mad? And where does power actually lie? Directed by Kevin Bennett, this darkly humourous parable is a must-see. WILDE TALES An inspiring collection of stories that will delight children and inspire adults, this production brings Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories to the stage. Filled with warmth, love, and joy, Wilde Tales is a treat for all. AN OCTOROON Challenging. Provocative. Utterly incendiary. In this re-staging by a black playwright of an embarrassingly racist 19th Century play, the deep roots of racist thought and action are exposed and made ridiculous. For lovers of hard-hitting theatre, An Octoroon is not for the faint of heart or spleen – but may just be required viewing for everybody. MIDDLETOWN In the most average town in America, the most average people in the country congregate. Of course, things don’t stay “average.” A delightfully absurd romp, Middletown is a grand old tale in the tradition of of Real Stories. Highly recommended. Don’t have a vehicle to make it out to the slice of paradise that is Niagara-on-the-Lake? Check out Zoom Rentals fleet and organize a theatre party! Affordably priced, we make fun trips out of town a reality. Take a look, and take a trip out of the city!