Simon Callow in

Being Shakespeare

April 18 - 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

#1 Critics Choice Callow and Shakespeare: a brilliant combination.

The Times, London


The Play

Celebrated British star of stage and screen Simon Callow returns to Chicago with a tour de force solo performance that took the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm and played to great acclaim throughout its UK tour and West End engagement. Callow weaves together excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays and poems, breathing new life into his unforgettable characters and the real man behind the legend. Presented as part of CST’s World’s Stage, this unique portrait of the Bard follows Callow’s major international success The Mystery of Charles Dickens(Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Broadway and London’s West End) in addition to memorable film roles including Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and A Room with a View. London’s Guardian raved, “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... a memorably multidimensional picture of Shakespeare, steeped in scholarship and love.”



Being Shakespeare


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The Players

Creative Team

Jonathan Bate Writer

Tom Cairns Director

Bruno Poet Lighting Designer

Ben & Max Ringham Music and Sound Design


Simon Callow Performer

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