300+ Chicagoland Students & Teachers Unite For Chicago SHAKESPEARE SLAM300+ 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. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Bids Farewell to Alida SzaboChicago 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. (more...)

Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to Chicago Shakespeare TheaterQ 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. (more...)


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. (more...)

Scarlett Strallen and Timothy Edward Kane Lead NELL GWYNN at Chicago ShakespeareScarlett 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. (more...)


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. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2018 Raises $1.6 MillionChicago 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. (more...)


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. (more...)

Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago ShakespeareDruid 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. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare In The Parks Announces A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMChicago 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. (more...)

Druid Theatre Company's Acclaimed WAITING FOR GODOT At Chicago ShakespeareDruid 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. (more...)

Casting Announced for Teller and Aaron Posner's MACBETH at Chicago ShakespeareCasting 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. (more...)

Casting Announced for Electrifying New MARY STUART at Chicago ShakespeareCasting 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. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 2017/18 Season Continues with a Full Lineup of EventsChicago 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. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare SHORT SHAKESPEARE- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Begins 2/3Chicago 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. (more...)

Theater Design Leader Charcoalblue Opens Chicago StudioTheater Design Leader Charcoalblue Opens Chicago Studio
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2017

International theatre, acoustic and digital design consultancy Charcoalblue will open their new Chicago studio in January in response to a growing portfolio of projects currently underway in the city and surrounding regions. (more...)

More Than 300 Chicagoland High School Students Unite in CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE SLAM 2017More Than 300 Chicagoland High School Students Unite in CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE SLAM 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

Next week, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) brings together more than 300 high school students from 47 public, private and parochial schools across the region for this year's Chicago Shakespeare Slam. A series of Saturdayworkshops and regional preliminary bouts throughout the fall culminate in a raucous and fun-filled Finals Bout on Monday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. on CST's Courtyard Theater stage. 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. This year's Finals Bout performances will be overseen by a star-studded panel of judges (special guests to be announced). (more...)

RED VELVET Begins Rehearsals At Chicago Shakespeare Next WeekRED VELVET Begins Rehearsals At Chicago Shakespeare Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) begins rehearsals next week for the stirring drama Red Velvet, staged by Broadway and Chicago director Gary Griffin and starring celebrated Shakespearean actor Dion Johnstone. (more...)

Teatro Linea de Sombra's AMARILLO to Play Chicago Shakespeare as Part of DESTINOS FestivalTeatro Linea de Sombra's AMARILLO to Play Chicago Shakespeare as Part of DESTINOS Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces a World's Stage production in its soon-to-be-completed new venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare: Teatro Linea de Sombra's evocative Amarillo, October 17-29, 2017. Devised by one of Mexico's most celebrated and forward-thinking ensembles and directed by Jorge A. Vargas, Amarillo will be the largest international theatrical event of the inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival - Destinos (d?-stee-noce). (more...)

DESTINOS, First Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, Coming to the Windy City This fallDESTINOS, First Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, Coming to the Windy City This fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Major Latino theater companies from Latin America, the Caribbean and around the city will be showcased at DESTINOS (d?-stee-noce), the first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, an ambitious month-long festival of 'First voice' plays and panels presented by Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), September 29 - October 29, 2017.  (more...)

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