Celebrated British star of stage and screen Simon Callow returns to Chicago with a tour de force solo performance that took the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm and played to great acclaim throughout its UK tour and West End engagement. Callow weaves together excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and poems, breathing new life into his unforgettable characters and the real man behind the legend. Presented as part of CST’s World’s Stage, this unique portrait of the Bard follows Callow’s major international success The Mystery of Charles Dickens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Broadway and London’s West End) in addition to memorable film roles including Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and A Room with a View. London’s Guardian raved, “we’ve had some fine one-man shows about Shakespeare from John Gielgud, Ian McKellen and Michael Pennington. But Simon Callow’s is among the very best... a memorably multidimensional picture of Shakespeare, steeped in scholarship and love.”
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (including intermission)
Co–produced by Ambassador Theatre Group, Act Productions Limited, and Robert Bartner and Norman Tulchin
International programming at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
is supported, in part, by the Julius Frankel Foundation.
Being Shakespeare is a biographical play. It uses a combination of narration and extracts from Shakespeare's own works to tell the story of his life. The play is framed by Jaques's famous speech from As You Like It, as Jonathan Bate takes us through the seven ages of William Shakespeare. It is also haunted by the presence of Old Hamlet's ghost; or perhaps by Shakespeare himself, asking us to remember him.