There’s a Shaw play available some place on this planet every day of the year, but of course what you want is something within reach.  If you’re serious about this, we recommend signing up for Google Alerts at http://www.google.com/alerts under “Bernard Shaw” or “George Bernard Shaw,” daily or weekly or monthly.   Unless you’re in the middle of the Sahara Desert or something like that, Shaw productions within driving distance will eventually come your way.   But here we just want to call attention to some major theater companies who have specialized in Shaw productions over the years, have done them regularly, and that we can highly recommend.  Just click on the title to get to their websites.  


1. The Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario). This is one of the great repertory theaters in the world, which offers 10 to 12 plays every year, from April through October, two of which are likely to be Shaw plays.  The town itself, on the mouth of the Niagara River as it empties into Lake Ontario, is picture-postcard-perfect and worth the trip.   Much information is to be found at www.shawfest.com.


2. Project Shaw in New York (in Gramercy Park at the historic Players Club).  David Staller has produced all of Shaw’s plays, even the most minor, in readings by accomplished actors from Broadway, TV, and film.    Every third Monday of the month.   Email info@gingoldgroup.com or call (212) 290-5951.   The Players Club itself is worth seeing. 


3. ShawChicago Theater Co.   Robert Scogin is the Artistic Director for a very accomplished company of actors, who do both readings of plays and full-scale productions, of Shaw and other playwrights, mostly at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago.  Call (312) 587-7390 or write to info@shawchicago.org.


4. Washington Stage Guild.   This group, founded by John MacDonald, has been doing first rate productions since 1986, featuring many playwrights but declaring Shaw to be their “resident playwright.”   They perform at the Undercroft Theatre at 1900 Massachusetts Ave. in Washington D.C. and can be reached by calling (240) 582-0050.


5. Michael Friend Productions.   After stage managing for decades for other companies, Michael Friend set up his own company in 1992, which has been the only company in the UK that specializes in Shaw plays, although doing other playwrights as well.   This company is likely to show up in tours all around England, but a special treat is to see them do Shaw on the back lawn of “Shaw’s Corner,” Shaw’s home for 44 years in the village of Ayot St. Lawrence, north of London and near St. Albans.  See http://www.shawsociety.org/Shaw's-Corner-Theatre.htm.  


6. Irish Repertory Theater.  At 132 West 22nd Street in New York, the Irish Rep does brilliant productions of everything Irish, and about once a year a Shaw play is featured.   Call (212) 727-2737.


7. The National Theatre, in London, England, is of course one of the great repertory companies in the world, and when they do a Shaw play, which isn’t every year, it’s well worth seeing. 


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