Steppenwolf Names Brooke Flanagan as New Executive Director Photo Steppenwolf Names Brooke Flanagan as New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2020

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Brooke Flanagan, who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years, will return to the organization in the role of Executive Director and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf's 45-year history.

Harry Hadden-Paton Will Lead THE KING'S SPEECH At Chicago Shakespeare Photo Harry Hadden-Paton Will Lead THE KING'S SPEECH At Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces today the cast and creative team for the North American Premiere production of The King's Speech, beginning September 12 in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Writer David Seidler brings the remarkable true story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film back to the stage in a new production of the play, directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson. Following the play's North American premiere in Chicago, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.

Is SIX The Musical Headed For Broadway? Photo Is SIX The Musical Headed For Broadway?
by Stephi Wild - Jun 5, 2019

The fan-favorite musical SIX, about the six ex-wives of Henry VIII, has taken London by storm, and is now playing its U.S. debut in Chicago before heading to Cambridge, Massachusetts' A.R.T. Is Broadway next for this show?

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Announces Free Summer 2019 Tour Photo Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks Announces Free Summer 2019 Tour
by Sarah Hookey - May 1, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.

300+ Chicagoland Students & Teachers Unite For Chicago SHAKESPEARE SLAM Photo 300+ Chicagoland Students & Teachers Unite For Chicago SHAKESPEARE SLAM
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

 Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings together 300 high school students and their teacher coaches from 40 public, private, and parochial schools across the region for this year's Chicago Shakespeare Slam. A series of Saturday workshops and regional preliminary bouts throughout the fall culminate in a spirited, fun-filled Final Bout on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. on the stage of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Emcees warm up the crowd and an onstage DJ drops beats as nine teams perform, cheered on by a full house of fellow participants, classmates, and friends.

Chicago Shakespeare Bids Farewell to Alida Szabo Photo Chicago Shakespeare Bids Farewell to Alida Szabo
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced today that after 20 years of service to the Theater, Director of Audience Development Alida Szabo will be stepping down from her role at the end of the year.

Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater Photo Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater  announces the highly anticipated return of the raucous and irreverent holiday tradition Q Brothers Christmas Carolto The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, November 20-December 30, 2018.

BIGMOUTH Launches Big In Belgium"Chicago, Beginning Today Photo BIGMOUTH Launches Big In Belgium"Chicago, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Big in Belgium-Chicago, a series of three acclaimed theatrical events representing the next wave of boundary-pushing European theater. Featured productions include a sweeping tribute to 2,500 years of oration, an engaging examination of free will-and the manipulation of it-in political elections, and a chilling look at tragedy and terror through the eyes of children. Curated by Chicago Shakespeare, Richard Jordan Productions, and David Bauwens, Big in Belgium-Chicago will be presented in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, beginning with BigMouth on September 12, 2018. All Big in Belgium productions are performed in English.

BIGMOUTH Launches Big In Belgium"Chicago, Beginning 9/12 Photo BIGMOUTH Launches Big In Belgium"Chicago, Beginning 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Big in Belgium-Chicago, a series of three acclaimed theatrical events representing the next wave of boundary-pushing European theater. Featured productions include a sweeping tribute to 2,500 years of oration, an engaging examination of free will-and the manipulation of it-in political elections, and a chilling look at tragedy and terror through the eyes of children. Curated by Chicago Shakespeare, Richard Jordan Productions, and David Bauwens, Big in Belgium-Chicago will be presented in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, beginning with BigMouth on September 12, 2018. All Big in Belgium productions are performed in English.

Scarlett Strallen and Timothy Edward Kane Lead NELL GWYNN at Chicago Shakespeare Photo Scarlett Strallen and Timothy Edward Kane Lead NELL GWYNN at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast for the North American premiere of Jessica Swale's exuberant new comedy Nell Gwynn, September 20-November 4, 2018. The music- and dance-filled play took London audiences by storm when it debuted at Shakespeare's Globe, followed by a celebrated run on the West End. Director of the original London production, Christopher Luscombe, helms the new Chicago Shakespeare production. Star of Broadway and the West End Scarlett Strallen appears as Nell; Chicago leading actor Timothy Edward Kane performs the role of King Charles II.

Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents PETER PAN " A MUSICAL ADVENTURE Photo Photo Flash: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents PETER PAN " A MUSICAL ADVENTURE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the summer family musical production of Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, June 27-August 19, 2018. Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe-the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit Mary Poppins and the Olivier Award-winning Honk! Amber Mak takes the helm as the production's director and choreographer in this newly updated version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall.

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2018 Raises $1.6 Million Photo Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2018 Raises $1.6 Million
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater celebrated GALA 2018 on Friday, June 8, 2018, raising $1.6 million for the Chicago Shakespeare in Classrooms and Communities initiatives-which include the Tony Award-winning Theater's nationally recognized education programs and free citywide Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour.

Casting Announced For PETER PAN " A Musical Adventure Photo Casting Announced For PETER PAN " A Musical Adventure
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for the summer family musical production of Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure at the Theater's home on Navy Pier, June 27-August 19, 2018. Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe-the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's smash hit Mary Poppins and the Olivier Award-winning Honk! Amber Mak takes the helm as the production's director and choreographer in this newly updated version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall.

Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare Photo Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomes back Ireland's Druid theatre company-"one of the world's greatest acting ensembles" (The Guardian)-with its critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, the production will be presented for a limited engagement in the Courtyard Theater as part of WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare, May 23-June 3, 2018.

Chicago Shakespeare In The Parks Announces A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Photo Chicago Shakespeare In The Parks Announces A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. Made possible by production sponsor BMO Harris Bank, 25 performances of Shakespeare's timeless classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, adapted and directed by the Theater's founder and artistic director Barbara Gaines, will tour free for all to 18 neighborhood parks across the City, July 25-August 26, 2018.

Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare Photo Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater welcomes back Ireland's Druid theatre company-"one of the world's greatest acting ensembles" (The Guardian)-with its critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes, the production will be presented for a limited engagement in the Courtyard Theater as part of WorldStage at Chicago Shakespeare, May 23-June 3, 2018.

Casting Announced for Teller and Aaron Posner's MACBETH at Chicago Shakespeare Photo Casting Announced for Teller and Aaron Posner's MACBETH at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater  (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the theatrical event of the season: Macbeth, adapted and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner-the celebrated creative duo behind CST's The Tempest, winner of the Jeff Award for Best Production in 2015. Starring Ian Merrill Peakesas Macbeth and Chaon Cross as Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare's psychological thriller immerses audiences in a world of dark magic and ambition, delving into the twisted psyches of the ultimate power-hungry couple.

Casting Announced for Electrifying New MARY STUART at Chicago Shakespeare Photo Casting Announced for Electrifying New MARY STUART at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for Mary Stuart, Peter Oswald's electrifying new take on the famously bitter rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots, and her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England. The two fiercely independent women at the center of the showdown are portrayed by acclaimed actresses K.K. Moggie as Mary and Kellie Overbey as Elizabeth. Award-winning director Jenn Thompson, former artistic director of The Actors Company Theater (named Company of the Year by The Wall Street Journal), stages the production in CST's Courtyard Theater, February 21 April 15, 2018.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2017/18 Season Continues with a Full Lineup of Events Photo Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2017/18 Season Continues with a Full Lineup of Events
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

January 4, 2018 Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) continues the 2017/18 Season with a full line-up of productions through June 2018.

Chicago Shakespeare SHORT SHAKESPEARE- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Begins 2/3 Photo Chicago Shakespeare SHORT SHAKESPEARE- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Begins 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2018

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) begins rehearsals for Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream a 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare's riotous tale of mismatched love among mischievous fairies, young lovers and an amateur theatrical troupe of local workers. Directed and adapted by Jess McLeod and featuring a power-packed ensemble cast, this production will bring the magic to life for 1,000 students each day in the innovative, new venue The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare during its six-week run. Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed for the public on Saturdays February 3 March 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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