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Museum lecture explores the Shaw at 60

DECK — Virtual presentation features  conversation with Leonard Conolly and Barbara Worthy

The next virtual lecture hosted by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum brings together the “academic and the actress.”

The Shaw’s resident scholar and literary adviser of the Bernard Shaw estate will be in conversation March 16 with ensemble alumna member, Barbara Worthy, celebrating, debating, and remembering 60 years of one of the world’s great theatre companies. 

Together they will reminisce on the highs and lows of the Shaw Festival, its enormous impact on Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the personalities and performances that have made it one of the world’s great English-speaking theatre companies.

Leonard Conolly brings substantial academic credit to his role. He is the past-president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, holds degrees from four universities around the world, was professor of English at the universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Guelph and Trent, and has authored more than 60 articles and 20 books, including many about Bernard Shaw.

He also founded the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives at the University of Guelph, the largest collection of Canadian theatre archives available, and one of the world's most important collections of Bernard Shaw material. 

Worthy has had a long-term relationship with the Shaw, from acting in the Christopher Newton company, directing and writing under Jackie Maxwell, teaching during the Tim Carroll years, as well as producing the Bell Canada Shaw Festival Series for a decade with CBC Radio.

And apart from working with the NOTL Museum, she has since produced a long list of historical documentaries, with a special focus on the Niagara region. 

Join the conversation and travel down memory lane with Conolly and Worthy on Wednesday, March 16, at 11 a.m.

The final lecture in the NOTL Museum’s winter virtual series is on March 30, when local author and researcher David Hemmings explores “Heritage Homes of Niagara.”

All lectures start at 11 a.m. and registration is required. Visit www.notlmuseum.ca for more details.

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