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Jackie Maxwell, artistic director at the Shaw Festival, announced her final season of programming on Wednesday with a slate of plays she said reflected how the theatrical institution has changed over her tenure.Glenn Lowson/The Globe and Mail

Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland will help bring an end to Jackie Maxwell's time at the head of the Shaw Festival in 2016.

Maxwell, artistic director at the Southern Ontario repertory theatre since 2002, announced her final season of programming on Wednesday with a slate of plays she said reflected how the theatrical institution has changed over her tenure.

"I arrived with a number of passions and priorities that focused on producing work that would showcase equality and diversity of plays and players," Maxwell said in a statement. "These offerings are an excellent representation of the Shaw Festival today."

At the Festival Theatre, Maxwell will direct Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim's popular 1979 musical about "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" – the third work by the American composer to be mounted in full while she has been in charge.

Peter Hinton, a former artistic director of the National Arts Centre and potentially Maxwell's successor, will bring his own adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (with music by Allen Cole) to the same stage, marking the first time a commissioned work has premiered at the Festival Theatre.

Eda Holmes, Maxwell's longtime associate director at the Shaw and another contender for the top job, will helm the third main stage production of 2016: Oscar Wilde's comedy A Woman of No Importance.

Maxwell's 2016 season certainly sums up the Shaw Festival's gradual distancing from its namesake playwright – with just one play by George Bernard Shaw (Mrs. Warren's Profession, with no director yet attached) and an adaptation of a Shaw short story (The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God) on the bill.

The latter is a world premiere by former ensemble member Lisa Codrington and will be directed by Ravi Jain in his Festival debut.

In addition to Sweeney Todd, Maxwell will direct Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Court House Theatre. That theatrical space will also be home to Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"… and the Boys directed by Philip Akin; this will be the first time the South African playwright's work will appear at the Shaw Festival.

Over at the Royal George Theatre, Morris Panych will direct Engaged – a three-act comedy written by W.S. Gilbert before he paired up with Arthur Sullivan for their famous operettas; and Arena Stage's Molly Smith will return to the Shaw Festival for the first time since her hit production of My Fair Lady to direct Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

Last but not least, Stratford Festival icon Martha Henry will direct the original play about the bleakness of marriage – August Strindberg's Dance of Death – in a version by Richard Greenberg that co-starred Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren on Broadway in 2001.

Maxwell's successor as artistic director has not yet been named. The news is expected to arrive sometime later this summer.

Tickets for the Shaw Festival's 2016 season go on sale this winter.