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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 www.chicagoshakes.com.

Parking

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 chicagoshakes.com/access.

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.

Learn more at http://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events/group_sales

Contact Us

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

Facebook: facebook.com/chicagoshakespeare
Twitter: @chicagoshakes
Instagram: @chicagoshakes

Coming Soon

The Book of Joseph

The Book of Joseph

January 29 – March 5
By Karen Hartman
Based on the life of Joseph A. Hollander and his family
Directed by Barbara Gaines

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Every family has its secrets. Richard Hollander’s remained in an unopened suitcase for fifteen years after the death of his parents. Inside, he found a collection of Swastika-stamped letters written during World War II by a family he never knew—his late father Joseph’s mother, three sisters, their husbands and children. Unable to convince the family to leave Poland, Joseph escaped to the United States where he fought to save his family from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, and to avoid deportation and death himself. Richard collected his family’s letters in his book, Every Day Lasts A Year, the inspiration for this frequently chilling, often humorous, and always deeply moving drama, staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines.

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Love’s Labor’s Lost

Love’s Labor’s Lost

February 7 – March 26
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Marti Maraden

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King Ferdinand of Navarre’s “no fun” edict includes scholarly endeavors, quiet contemplation and complete commitment to chastity for three entire years. His closest courtiers reluctantly sign on. But this is a comedy and it doesn’t take long for everyone to figure out that the whole thing is a bad idea and rules are meant to be broken—especially when the French Princess and her beautiful entourage arrive on the scene. The young men’s studies soon give way to secret letters and amorous vows as the women set out to teach the men a thing or two about love.

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Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet

February 25 – March 25
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons

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Verona burns under summer’s heat—and the hatred of two families. The Prince decrees: if Montague or Capulet again disrupts the peace, lives will answer to the law. Violence stains Verona’s streets. Against this horror, Shakespeare sets Romeo and Juliet, a tale of true love found—and tragically lost—within an endless cycle of hate. This 75-minute adaptation, told in Shakespeare’s own words, speaks to today’s youth about their own lives. After the performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion.

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Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

April 15 – June 11
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Directed by Rachel Rockwell

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The Oscar-winning romantic comedy about Shakespeare and his Chamberlain’s Men returns to its rightful home—the stage. Imagine a young playwright on the make struggling to write his new tragic love story, “Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter.” The title just doesn’t have the right ring—and young Will Shakespeare knows it. He’s got writer’s block and must do something quickly. Will needs a muse, and he finds one in Viola, a vivacious beauty who will do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to audition for the stage where no women are permitted to perform.

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