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Student Matinees

We are thrilled to share the 2024/25 Season offerings with you. From full-length student matinees to our beloved abridgment program, you are sure to find something exciting, diverse, and engaging for your classroom!

Interested teachers can submit the a form now to request tickets for our upcoming season. Teachers can call 312.595.5678 during normal business hours to finalize booking a performance:

Student Matinees

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Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
November 12, 2024
November 19, 2024

Approx. Length: 3 hours
Grades 9–12

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

In her and Daniel Evans’ first season as the RSC’s co-artistic directors, Tamara Harvey directs this major new production of Shakespeare’s moving tale of love, hope, and miracles. When Prince Pericles flees for safety, he finds himself on an epic voyage through storms, shipwrecks, abduction, and loss. This exclusive limited engagement marks CST’s 100th international production of bringing the world’s great artists to Chicago.

Courtyard Theater
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tamara Harvey

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Weekdays @ 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
February 4–March 7, 2025

Approx. Length: 90 minutes
Grades 6–12

We’ve increased the number of performances to 40 this season, enabling us to welcome 20,000 middle and high school students! Adapted and directed by Edward Hall, Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy captures the exhilaration, foolishness, and delight of young love as the chaos of magic and enchantment turns the world upside down. It promises to warm the heart and delight the soul, inspiring young audiences and artists of the future.

Courtyard Theater
By William Shakespeare
Adapted & directed by Edward Hall

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Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m.
January 28, 2025

Approx. Length: 2 hours
Grades 9–12

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Straight from Broadway and making its Regional Premiere at CST! This comedic play offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of West African immigrant women who find community in a Harlem hair salon. Over the course of a sweltering summer day, love blossoms, dreams flourish, and secrets are revealed. When uncertainty takes over, this tight-knit group is forced to confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Whitney White

Public Full-Length Performances

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Weekdays @ 1:00 p.m.
September 25, 2024
September 26, 2024
October 2, 2024

Approx. Length: 3 hours
Grades 9–12

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

This gripping tale of youthful ambition and adventure explores the thrill and destructive power of war, examining nationalism at its most dangerous and seductive. Henry V includes some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches and stirring poetry. Hall’s approach reflects his belief in Shakespeare as a modern writer for our modern world, exploring the themes of conflict, patriotism, and legacy through a contemporary lens.

Courtyard Theater
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Edward Hall

The top half of the head of a young woman with brown skin and black hair with braids styled in an intricately braided bun on top of her head and white text on a red background. Every occurrence of the letter "I' in the title art has a textured pattern within the letters, resembling braided hair.

Wednesdays @ 1:00 p.m.
January 22, 2025
January 29, 2025

Approx. Length: 2 hours
Grades 9–12

Straight from Broadway and making its Regional Premiere at CST! This comedic play offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of West African immigrant women who find community in a Harlem hair salon. Over the course of a sweltering summer day, love blossoms, dreams flourish, and secrets are revealed. When uncertainty takes over, this tight-knit group is forced to confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home.

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
Written by Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Whitney White