Short Shakespeare!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

February 8

March 8, 2025

Courtyard Theater

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Edward Hall


A perfect introduction to Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy

Chicago Shakespeare will welcome 20,000 middle and high school students from across the region to Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Adapted and directed by Edward Hall, it captures the exhilaration, foolishness, and delight of young love, as the chaos of magic and enchantment turns the world upside down. In addition to the five-week run of school matinees, this 75-minute production will offer public performances on Saturdays.

“It’s a joy to be creating this Short Shakes production as part of CST’s ongoing commitment to providing the best theater for young people,” says Hall. “I have had some of my most exciting experiences in the theater making work in this forum and look forward to sharing a comedy that warms the heart and delights the soul, inspiring young audiences and artists of the future.”


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