- Tug Of War: Foreign Fire
Edward III, Henry V, Henry VI, Part 1
- Artists Breaking
Limits + Expectations
- Tim Crouch Theatre's
- Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet
- Shakespeare's Globe
The Merchant of Venice
- Song of the Goat's
Songs of Lear
- Foro Shakespeare's
Enamorarse de un incendio
- Tug of War:
Henry VI Parts 2 and 3, Richard III
- Cheek by Jowl's
The Winter's Tale
- View More Events
- Renew Today
- Subscriber Ticket Exchange
Friday, May 27
|5:00 P.M.||Tug Of War: Foreign Fire|
TUG OF WAR NOW PLAYING
An electrifying adaptation of six Shakespeare plays from Artistic Director Barbara Gaines.
SUBSCRIBE TODAY, SAVE ALL YEAR
Join us for the 30th Anniversary Season—an extraordinary series of plays and players.
A.B.L.E. Ensemble's Twelfth Night
Empowered teens with Down syndrome perform the Bard's tale of mistaken identity—May 28.
A SPACE FOR THE IMAGINATION
Learn about our expanded campus and the transformative campaign making it possible.
Chicago Celebrates Shakespeare
In 2016 CST spearheads an international yearlong arts festival all across the city.
SEE "★★★★★" I, MALVOLIO IN JUNE
A one-man act of storytelling alchemy from the acclaimed British actor Tim Crouch.
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS
A 75-minute Twelfth Night brought to every corner of the city this summer.
GARY BUSEY'S ONE-MAN HAMLET
Uproarious award-winning comedian David Carl's utterly unique take on Shakespeare.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Jonathan Pryce stars in this acclaimed show from Shakespeare's Globe August 4–14.
ZUIDPOOL THEATER'S MACBETH
In August, Belgian rock stars take on the Bard’s dark tale—a concert experience like no other.
SONGS OF LEAR—SEPTEMBER 15–18
From Poland, an origin work—the highest-rated performance of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
ENAMORARSE DE UN INCENDIO
Foro Shakespeare explores the passion and pain of Romeo and Juliet in September.
Award-winning artists return
unpathed waters, undreamed shores—a site-responsive, pedestrian-based event this fall.
CHICAGO PREMIERE: KING CHARLES III
2015 Olivier Award winning play hailed “flat out brilliant” by The New York Times.
A one-night-only cabaret event with music from the great American songbook—December 5.
THE WINTER'S TALE FROM THE UK
Cheek by Jowl shares Shakespeare’s story of struggle, redemption and hope in December.
WORLD PREMIERE IN WINTER 2017
Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages the moving, humorous drama The Book of Joseph.
LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST
Studies give way to amorous letters and vows in the Bard’s witty satire on young love.
This 75-minute abridgment of Romeo and Juliet is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare.
Chicago's The Lincoln Squares explore a story of betrayal, loss, love and obsession.
May 24, 2016
A FREE Twelfth Night production is coming to 19 Chicago parks this summer, July 14–August 14.
May 18, 2016
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones explores Barbara Gaines' vision for her epic history cycle.
May 2, 2016
World Architect News explores Gordon + Gill's design of sustainable solutions and transformational glass.
May 5, 2016
Heidi Kettenring talks to Stage & Candor about her career, Chicago arts and working with Barbara Gaines.
April 25, 2016
The Chicago Tribune talks turkey with curator Alpana Singh and the chefs of Culinary Complete Works.
April 13, 2016
Curbed Chicago explores CST's expansion project designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
April 22, 2016
The Chicago Tribune looks at the Bard's enduring characters, loved the world over.
April 7, 2016
Check out the exciting lineup—from innovative reimagined classics to bold new works developed at CST.
April 18, 2016
The Tony and Olivier Award-winner will be featured at CST's annual event to support Shakespeare in urban communities.
April 14, 2016
On April 23, 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the City of Chicago will officially celebrate the Bard's lasting influence.
April 12, 2016
You and Me This Morning interviews Festival Producer Doreen Sayegh about this international celebration.
March 27, 2016
NBC Nightly News stops in at Tug of War: Foreign Fire rehearsal while investigating the Bard's missing bones.
March 7, 2016
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones talks about CST's new theater, The Yard and the Cubs expansion.
March 17, 2016
Crain's speaks with Criss Henderson about the creation of the yearlong international festival, Shakespeare 400 Chicago.
March 14, 2016
WCIU's You and Me This Morning interviews Othello fight choreographer, Matt Hawkins
March 9, 2016
Filter Theatre's explosive concert-inspired take on Shakespeare's comedy closes Sunday, March 13.
Watch & Listen
Video: Barbara Gaines on Tug of War
Video: The Merchant of Venice Trailer