No. 41 travel for 90 min­utes. see a great play. re­peat.

Some of the world’s great­est per­form­ers hit the Stage at Ni­a­gara-on-the-lake and Strat­ford

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Royal mad­ness

The crown jewel at this year’s Strat­ford Fes­ti­val might well be King Lear, given the pedi­gree of the artists in­volved. Long-time fes­ti­val favourite Colm Feore tack­les the ti­tle role of the aged ruler who makes de­ci­sions based on flat­tery rather than good judg­ment, go­ing mad be­fore things are set right. His daugh­ters are played by the su­perb Maev Beaty, Li­isa Repo- Martell and Sara Farb. They’ll be well sup­ported by Evan Buli­ung, Jonathan Goad, Stephen Ouimette and Scott Went­worth. An­toni Ci­molino di­rects a pro­duc­tion that will likely be as chill­ing as it is ex­cit­ing. Runs to Oc­to­ber 10 at the Fes­ti­val The­atre, Strat­ford. 1-800567-1600, strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca.

Come to the Cabaret

Di­rec­tor Peter Hin­ton amazed au­di­ences with his vis­ually gor­geous and emotionally pow­er­ful take on Os­car Wilde’s Lady Win­der­mere’s Fan at last year’s Shaw Fes­ti­val, so ex­pec­ta­tions are high for his take on the clas­sic Kan­der and Ebb mu­si­cal Cabaret. The show is dark to be­gin with, but it’s likely that even the com­edy will have a ra­zor-sharp edge in this pro­duc­tion. The fine cast is headed by Deb­o­rah Hay as the self­de­struc­tive Sally Bowles, Gray Pow­ell as the writer who falls for her, Cor­rine Koslo as Sally’s land­lady, forced to choose be­tween her heart and her safety, and Juan Chio­ran as the in­sid­i­ous Em­cee at the hottest nightspot in pre-war Berlin, the Kit Kat Klub. Runs to Oc­to­ber 26 at the Fes­ti­val The­atre, Ni­a­gara- on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.

Stormy times

In Ed­ward Bond’s dark com­edy The Sea, set in a small vil­lage in Ed­war­dian Eng­land, a storm brings sur­pris­ing changes to the com­mu­nity. Among its res­i­dents are Mrs. Rafi, a Lady Brack­nell type who suf­fers no con­tra­dic­tions to her opin­ions; Hatch, the lo­cal draper go­ing slowly mad who in­sists that the storm proves that aliens are about to in­vade; and a pair of young lovers who want to es­cape from the pull of a con­trol­ling so­ci­ety. Eda Holmes di­rects a fine cast that in­cludes Fiona Reid, Pa­trick Gal­li­gan, Patty Jamieson, Wade Bogert- O’Brien, Jenny L. Wright and Peter Mil­lard. Per­for­mances be­gin June 3 and run through Oc­to­ber 12. At Shaw’s Court House The­atre, Ni­a­gara- on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.

Tilt­ing at wind­mills

Broad­way’s leg­endary mu­si­cal Man Of La Man­cha is more than a one­hit won­der. Sure, peo­ple re­mem­ber The Im­pos­si­ble Dream, but Dale Wasser­man’s book, with mu­sic by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Dar­ion, is a clever tale-within-a-tale about Miguel de Cer­vantes, who, when im­pris­oned by the In­qui­si­tion, is forced to de­fend him­self and his man­u­script of Don Quixote. The Strat­ford pro­duc­tion fea­tures NOW’s top the­atre artist of 2013, Tom Rooney, as Cer­vantes/Quixote, with Steve Ross as San­cho Panza and Robin Hut­ton as Al­donza. Robert McQueen, who’s done fine work di­rect­ing for Act­ing Up Stage, helms the pro­duc­tion, which also fea­tures Shane Carty, Shawn Wright and Monique Lund. Runs to Oc­to­ber 11 at the Avon The­atre, Strat­ford. 1-800-567-1600, strat­ford­fes­ti­val.ca.

Colm Feore plays King Lear

Cabaret

Man Of La Man­cha

Fiona Reid

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