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Shaw Festival offers WNY-specific ticket discounts

In an attempt to build its American audience, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. is offering discounted tickets to many performances in April and May for Buffalo and Rochester-area residents.

The discounted tickets are $39, or $20 for students, and apply to performances of "Arms and the Man," "The Charity that Began at Home," "When We Are Married" and "The Philadelphia Story."

Below are the specific performances to which the discount applies. They are all preview performances with the exception of the May 11 showing of "The Charity that Began at Home":

  • Arms and The Man: April 8, 27 – 2 p.m.; April 5, 11, 12, 19, 26, May 2 – 8 p.m.
  • The Charity that Began at Home: April 26, May 2, 7, 9 – 2 p.m.; May 11 – 8 p.m.
  • When We Are Married: May 10 – 8 p.m.
  • The Philadelphia Story: May 18 – 2 p.m.; May 15, 24, 28, 30, 31 – 8 p.m.

Without delving into the Shaw Festival's labyrinthine ticket-pricing structure, here's what the discount means:

The minimum ticket price for preview shows in the Court House Theatre or the Festival Theatre is $35, while the minimum ticket price in the Royal George is $52. That means if you're going for the absolute lowest price and you're willing to sit in a bad seat, you should skip the discount offer unless the show happens to be in the Royal George.

However, the $39 price applies to the festival's more expensive "blue level" tickets. So if you're free for one of the performances and don't want to shell out for decent seats, the offer is a good deal. (You can also pay $10 to upgrade to "gold level" seats, which normally go for anywhere from $62 to $98, depending on the performance.)

Shaw Fest public relations coordinator Jennifer Annand suggests calling the box office at 1-800-511-SHAW and using the discount code "13996."

--Colin Dabkowski

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