A chance to be part of the ac­tion at the Shaw

TheATre An­dro­cles and the Lion June 6 to Oct. 7, Court House Theatre, Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Bri­tish di­rec­tor Tim Carroll made his name stag­ing the Bard’s clas­sics at Shake­speare’s Globe, but as the new Shaw Fes­ti­val boss, he’s on an ad­ven­tur­ous streak, de­liv­er­ing a first sea­son full of in­ter­ac­tive, im­pro­vi­sa­tional theatre. Au­di­ences can get a taste in this month’s free­wheel­ing pro­duc­tion of Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s Ro­man cir­cus com­edy, An­dro­cles and the Lion, in which they get in­volved in the ac­tion and help shape the course of the story. That’s not the crowd’s only star turn: The Mad­ness of Ge­orge III (to Oc­to­ber 15) in­cludes on­stage seat­ing that makes spec­ta­tors feel like mem­bers of the king’s court, and kids help cre­ate the magic of the fam­ily-friendly Wilde Tales (June 8 to Oc­to­ber 7) in preshow work­shops. Don’t let the par­tic­i­pa­tion scare you away, though. “You won’t be dragged on­stage,” Carroll prom­ises. “This is only an in­vi­ta­tion to play.”

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