CST is proud to bring to Chicago the remarkable man of the English stage, Simon Callow, for his tour-de-force one-man show Being Shakespeare. Playing at the beautiful Broadway Playhouse in Water Tower Place April 18–29, Being Shakespeare is a thrilling evening of monologues, scenes and sonnets woven together by Callow and playwright Jonathan Bate—creating a multifaceted portrait of the real man behind the legend. CST Subscribers and Donors will have the opportunity to secure the best seats at a special discounted price to this extraordinary theatrical event.
Mr. Callow, who last played to CST audiences in his acclaimed The Mystery of Charles Dickens, began his career by writing a fan letter to none other than Laurence Olivier, who suggested Simon get a job in the Royal National Theater's box office. It was a short leap from ticket-taker to art-maker, and Mr. Callow has gone on to forge a spectacular acting and writing career. His stage career includes playing Mozart in the original production of Amadeus, and he has created memorable roles in films including Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral and A Room with a View.
Being Shakespeare is part of CST's World's Stage Series, which brings the world's great theater to Chicago and Chicago Shakespeare to the world. Recent CST World's Stage productions include en route from Australia, Black Watch from Scotland and The Cripple of Inishmaan from Ireland.