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Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is a leading international theater company and the recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, CST is dedicated to creating extraordinary production of classics, new works and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. Throughout 2016, CST is spearheading the international arts and culture festival, Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a citywide celebration of the playwright’s 400-year legacy.

Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, CST attracts 225,000 audience members annually. One in four of its audience members is under eighteen years old, and today its education programs have impacted the learning of over one million students. CST is proud to take an active role in empowering the next generation of literate, engaged cultural champions and creative minds. Visit the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website at


Chicago Shakespeare Theater ticket holders are guaranteed indoor parking at the Navy Pier Garages at a 40% discount. Take a ticket from the automated machine as you enter the parking garage through the Theater’s dedicated parking entrance. You must have your parking ticket validated in the Theater Lobby to receive your discount.

Access Shakespeare

Duo-Interpreted Sign Language Performance
A designated performance of every production is interpreted in American Sign Language. Please call the Box Office at 1-312-595-5600 (phone) or 1-312-595-3752 (TTY) to book your tickets, and ask to be seated in the sign-interpreted section, which is close to the stage.

Audio-Described Performances
A designated performance of every production is audio-described. Please contact the Box Office at 1-312-595-5600 to book your tickets, and ask to reserve a listening device. Audio-description begins 15 minutes before the curtain with introductory remarks.

For more information, including the dates of this season’s sign-interpreted and audio-described performances, please visit

Group Sales

Make your next group outing unforgettable with a trip to Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Whether you’re planning an outing for an organization, clients, school, tour group or friends and family, CST’s group sales team is standing by to help you plan the perfect experience. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more start at $38 for adult groups and as low as $30 for college student groups.

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Contact Us

Box Office: 1-312-595-5600
Group Sales: 1-312-595-5678 (groups of 10 or more)

Twitter: @chicagoshakes
Instagram: @chicagoshakes

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Shakespeare in Love

April 15th - June 18th

Shakespeare in Love

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain’s Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Performances extended now through June 18th!

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Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Rachel Rockwell

Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. Then, he finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—event disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with onstage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.

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Coming Soon

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

July 13th - August 27th

Madagascar-A Musical Adventure

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture!

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book by Kevin Del Aguila
original music + lyrics by George Noriega + Joel Someillan
directed + choreographed by Rachel Rockwell

A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York’s Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the far away island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julian and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to “Move It, Move It!” with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer with this child-friendly 70-minute adaptation.

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CST for $20

CST for $20

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to making its productions accessible for everyone, so CST for $20 was designed to fit the budget of students and young professionals. With CST for $20, anyone under 35 can purchase up to two $20 tickets to Chicago Shakespeare Theater productions. You can even bring someone over 35 as your guest – your boss, your Mom, it’s up to you. Learn more at

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