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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.

FROM INDIA: PIYA BEHRUPIYA

An award-winning Hindi translation of Twelfth Night arrives this August.

THE REVENGE OF PRINCE ZI DAN

From China, Shanghai Jingju Theatre reinterprets Hamlet 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.  

SHAKESPEARE TONIGHT!

A one-night-only cabaret event with music from the great American songbook—December 5.

THE COMPLETE DEATHS

All 75 deaths in Shakespeare done onstage—solemn, somber and sublimely funny.

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.

SHORT SHAKESPEARE!

This 75-minute abridgment of Romeo and Juliet is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare.

GRAVEDIGGERS' HAMLET

Chicago's The Lincoln Squares explore a story of betrayal, loss, love and obsession.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy is returned to the stage in this Chicago premiere.

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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.

FROM INDIA: PIYA BEHRUPIYA

An award-winning Hindi translation of Twelfth Night arrives this August.

THE REVENGE OF PRINCE ZI DAN

From China, Shanghai Jingju Theatre reinterprets Hamlet 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.  

SHAKESPEARE TONIGHT!

A one-night-only cabaret event with music from the great American songbook—December 5.

THE COMPLETE DEATHS

All 75 deaths in Shakespeare done onstage—solemn, somber and sublimely funny.

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.

SHORT SHAKESPEARE!

This 75-minute abridgment of Romeo and Juliet is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare.

GRAVEDIGGERS' HAMLET

Chicago's The Lincoln Squares explore a story of betrayal, loss, love and obsession.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

The Oscar-winning romantic comedy is returned to the stage in this Chicago premiere.

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Tug Of War: Foreign Fire

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1:00 p.m.

Tug Of War: Foreign Fire

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1:00 p.m.

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Friday, May 27

5:00 P.M. Tug Of War: Foreign Fire

Cst Spotlight

News

May 24, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 2016 Announced

A FREE Twelfth Night production is coming to 19 Chicago parks this summer, July 14–August 14.

Read More

May 18, 2016

Tug of War lets soldiers, not kings, tell Shakespeare history plays

The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones explores Barbara Gaines' vision for her epic history cycle.

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May 10, 2016

500 fans celebrate CST and Shakespeare

The Evanston Review explores GALA 2016 which raised $1.4 million for CST's Urban Classrooms and Communities initiatives.

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Watch & Listen

 

Video: Barbara Gaines on Tug of War

 

Video: The Merchant of Venice Trailer

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