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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 spearheaded 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)

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Now Playing

The Taming of the Shrew

September 16, 2017 - November 12, 2017

The Taming of the Shrew

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style as the women fight through adversity.

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
By William Shakespeare
Conceived & directed by Barbara Gaines
Columbia Women’s Club Scenes by Ron West

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, partnering with longtime Second City writer Ron West, who provides additional dialogue to set the scene. The year is 1919, and, amidst suffrage marches in Chicago, a women’s theater troupe is convening to rehearse their upcoming comedy: The Taming of the Shrew. Each actress in the all-woman ensemble cast performs dual roles: as one of the suffragettes presenting the play, and as a character in their performance of the play. Politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style as the women fight through adversity to present their own perspective on Katherine and Petruchio’s courtship.

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Coming Soon

Amarillo

October 17, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Amarillo

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

A World’s Stage Production from Mexico
Directed by Jorge A. Vargas

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater is proud to present Mexico’s most celebrated theater ensembles, Teatro Línea de Sombra, in our new third theater, The Yard, as part of the inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, Destinos. In the largest international engagement of the festival, A man—any man—departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas. But he never arrives. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the thousands of other faceless men and women who have taken the same path—and for those who were left behind. Told through projected images, monologues, movement, and a collage of atmospheric settings evoking layers of national and individual identity, Amarillo is a naturalistic portrait of one (or any) immigrant’s efforts to reach something, somewhere, better. Using visceral imagery, evocative soundscapes, and a myriad of storytelling techniques, the company has built an encompassing theatrical experience, for which they have twice been awarded the title of Best Research Theatre in Mexico (2000, 2005).

Performed in Spanish with projected English translation.

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Red Velvet

December 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Red Velvet

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

CST’s Courtyard Theater

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
By Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Gary Griffin

The director of last fall’s “must-see” King Charles III helms a fascinating glimpse into theater history, called “fiery and funny” by Time Out New York. In 1833 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his age, collapses on stage while performing the lead in Othello. He is replaced by a young, black actor, Ira Aldridge—a first for the role on London’s West End. As a bill in Parliament promoting the abolition of slavery sends shock waves through the streets, how will London react to his performance? This multi-award-winning play garnered Lolita Chakrabarti the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising New Playwright.

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Mary Stuart

February 21, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Mary Stuart

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Two extraordinary women clash in a power play over the right to rule. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her jailed cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, accused of treason.

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
In a new version by Peter Oswald
Directed by Jenn Thompson

One will rule. One will fall. Two extraordinary women clash in a power play over the right to rule. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, must decide the fate of her jailed cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, accused of treason. After a single, clandestine meeting where both women’s ambitions are unmasked, the fate of two countries is decided. Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of The Actors Company Theater, (named “Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal during her tenure), stages Peter Oswald’s electrifying take on this fascinating drama.

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Macbeth

April 25, 2018 - June 24, 2018

Macbeth

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye.

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The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

The famed creators behind CST’s sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on “the Scottish play.” Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare’s seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller’s and Posner’s wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

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Waiting for Godot

May 23, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Waiting for Godot

Ireland’s prestigious Druid Theatre is back with an enthralling new interpretation of Beckett’s seminal work.

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CST’s Courtyard Theater
A World’s Stage Production from Ireland
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Garry Hynes

Ireland’s prestigious Druid Theatre is back with an enthralling new interpretation of Beckett’s seminal work. In one on the most acclaimed plays of the 20th century, two friends wait at the end of the world for the arrival of the mysterious Godot. To pass the time, they debate life’s great unanswered questions, until two figures appear at dusk. Druid, recognized as one of the world’s greatest acting ensembles, returns after their previous CST engagements of The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Walworth Farce with this universally acclaimed production of Beckett’s classic.

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Promotions

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 www.chicagoshakes.com/cst20

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