Philadelphia Story Comes to Niagara

Shaw Festival Offer

The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview and the Shaw Festival have teamed up to offer an exclusive theatre package in the heart of wine country.

The Play - Philadelphia Story

Tracy Lord is young, beautiful, wealthy, and about to get married. The Philadelphia socialite has divorced her dashing but unreliable husband and fallen in love with a self-made (but perhaps a bit dull) business tycoon. When a cynical tabloid newshound arrives to cover the ceremony, Tracy has a hard time keeping her nuptials – and her heart – on the right track.

The play, written by Philip Barry in 1939, was created specifically for Katharine Hepburn. At the time Hepburn was in mid-career crisis, starting in mid-level plays and movies. The success of Philadelphia Story’s stage production became the impetus for Hepburn’s jump into mainstream stardom.

The initial theatre run lasted approximately one year and an astounding 417 performances. Mercury Theatre’s Joseph Cotton co-stared on stage.

A film was later adapted from the play and is considered an all-time classic, receiving high placements on numerous American Film Institute Best lists, including ranking as the #51st overall and #5th best romantic comedy of all-time.

The Production

The Shaw Festival began as a single venue 8 weekend play company ‘salute to shaw’ in 1962. The now world famous festival has organically grown from these humble beginnings, and is currently the second largest repertory theatre in all of North America.

The festival is held in Niagara-on-the-Lake and features productions at four theatres, including the flagship Festival Theatre, where the Philadelphia Story is held.

Shaw Festival Director by Dennis Garnhum discusses directing The Philadelphia Story:

The Deal

Niagara Falls Marriott Guests booking the Best of Niagara package will receive an exclusive 2-for-1 ticket offer to performances of The Philadelphia Story, as well as a free Fallsview hot buffet breakfast for two each morning during your stay and $40 towards dinner at the Terrapin Grille Fallsview Restaurant. Guests staying two nights will receive Winery Tastings, as well as additional values.

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