Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Upcoming Events

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Runs Dec 06, 2018Feb 03, 2019

In celebration of twenty years of Shakespeare on Navy Pier, the Theater welcomes back Joe Dowling, acclaimed former artistic director of Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and the Guthrie, for …

a WorldStage Production from Belgium
Runs Jan 22Feb 03, 2019

Beslan, Russia, September 2004: Chechen separatists storm a school, taking hundreds of children hostage in a deadly three-day siege. What unfolds onstage is not a recounting of the …

France’s Compagnie Non Nova
L’apres-Midi D’un Foehn Version 1
A WorldStage Production from France
Performance Art, Puppetry
Runs Jan 23Jan 27, 2019

Prepare to be blown away! Chicago Shakespeare partners with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to co-present France’s Compagnie Non Nova, which takes an ordinary object—a flimsy plastic shopping …

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth
Children’s/Family, Classic, Drama
Runs Feb 16Mar 16, 2019

Driven by the desire for power, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. This 75-minute abridged production of the classic tragedy is a perfect introduction …

The National Theatre of Great Britain
An Inspector Calls
Comedy/Drama, Drama
Runs Feb 19Mar 10, 2019

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning thriller comes to Chicago for a limited engagement next spring. An Inspector Calls has become the theatrical event of a generation, amassing Olivier, …

Abbey Theatre
Two Pints
Runs Mar 06Mar 31, 2019

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. …

Classic, Drama
Runs Apr 17Jun 09, 2019

Four-time Tony Award nominee and Law and Order: SVU alum Raúl Esparza takes on the iconic title role in this highly anticipated production staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Internationally renowned for her populist and dynamic …

Runs May 14Jun 30, 2019

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.
This spring, Chicago Shakespeare stages the critically acclaimed new musical SIX, following its debut in the United Kingdom and celebrated West End run. The six wives of King Henry VIII join forces for …

800 E. Grand Ave.
Navy Pier
Chicago IL 60611
Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading presenter of international work, and has toured its own productions across five continents. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of students annually. Each summer, the company tours a free professional production to neighborhood parks citywide.
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