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Simon Callow in

Being Shakespeare

April 19

April 29, 2012

at the Broadway Playhouse,
175 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago
A World's Stage Production
from England
by Jonathan Bate
directed by Tom Cairns

Critical Acclaim


     A memorably multidimensional picture of Shakespeare, steeped in scholarship and love. 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.”


     It's a fine introduction for a novice, as well as a treat for those who know the plays.”


     No.1 Critic's Choice. Callow gives us his Macbeth, his Polonius, his Lear, his Romeo and his Juliet, his rude mechanicals from A Midsummer Night's Dream, his Rosalind and his Orlando. He earns a hell of an ovation.”


     Fantastic Mr. Callow is Bard to the Bone. A wonderful flight of fancy, requiring an actor of versatility and charisma. Mr Callow, rapt, wrings every droplet of drama from it all. My dears, a hit, a palpable hit. Verdict: Go if you're mad about the bard”


     Bursts at the seams with Shakespeare and the world he came from.”


     The audience were on their feet applauding this singular triumph. Simon Callow gives us a lively, informative and in-depth masterclass in what it was like being William Shakespeare.A tribute to his versatility as an actor. A moving reminder of how exquisite is Shakespeare's use of imagery and indeed of English.”


   Callow's passion for Shakespeare shines through. His enthusiasm is infectious, and Bate's script offers real illumination into both the life and the work. As an introduction to both the writer and his work, this show has much to recommend it.”

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