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2017/18 Season:

Macbeth

Macbeth

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
April 25–June 24, 2018

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), the famed creators behind 2015’s The Tempest, reunite for Shakespeare’s psychological thriller in the theatrical event of the season. Magic, witches, moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye in an electrifying tale of ambition and madness. Dark deeds are afoot in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, as Macbeth and his Lady risk all for the ultimate prize. Shakespeare’s haunting drama of political intrigue and personal frailty is brought to light in an immersive visual world where “nothing is but what is not.” The Yard, hailed as “the greatest new theater in the world,” by the Chicago Tribune, is home to this supernatural tale, starring Helen Hayes award-winner Ian Merrill Peakes and Chicago leading lady Chaon Cross as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 

2018/19 Season:

An Inspector Calls

Peter Pan

CST’s Courtyard Theater
June 27–August 19, 2018

music by George Stiles
lyrics by Anthony Drewe
in a new version by Elliot Davis based on the book by Willis Hall
directed & choreographed by Amber Mak

Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland—but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodiles! Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his band of Lost Boys, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a captivating score by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the award-winning songwriting duo behind Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s smash hit Mary Poppins. This 75-minute story is the perfect introduction to live theater for young audiences and will send hearts soaring all summer long. After the show, mingle with the cast in the lobby for photos and questions.

 

An Inspector Calls

Chicago Shakespere In The Parks

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
April 25–June 24, 2018

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller

Join us for one of our city’s favorite summer traditions! Now in its seventh year, the FREE FOR ALL Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour heads out to neighborhood parks across the north, west, and south sides of the city with a 75-minute abridged production. At each location, a specially equipped truck rolls into the park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares Shakespeare’s magical comedy with families and neighbors of all ages.

 

An Inspector Calls

BIG IN BELGIUM | SKaGeN

BIGMOUTH

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
September 12–22, 2018

directed & performed by Valentijn Dhaenens

Equipped with five microphones, his voice, and indefatigable energy, Valentijn Dhaenens pays tribute to the 2,500-year history of oration in this tour-de-force performance. The smash hit of Edinburgh Fringe Festival ingeniously weaves together fragments of seminal speeches ranging from Socrates and Muhammad Ali to General Patton and Osama bin Laden, revealing that the tricks of rhetoric have never changed. Dhaenens traverses across time, picking the right words to morph a weak argument and to win power and glory—or the hand of a beloved.

 

An Inspector Calls

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

NELL GWYNN 

CST’s Courtyard Theater
September 20–November 4, 2018

by Jessica Swale | directed by Christopher Luscombe

The Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy, which took audiences by storm in its Shakespeare’s Globe London debut, has its American premiere this fall. Be transported to the flamboyant world of seventeenth-century London, dripping with decadent excess and bawdy amusements. A quick wit and exceptional beauty propel the winsome Nell Gwynn from selling oranges on the streets of London’s burgeoning theater district to performing on its stages. Nell captures the hearts of her audiences—and England’s King Charles II. Thrust into the royal spotlight, the king’s mistress is dealt a new role as the nation's sweetheart in this joyous song- and dance-filled romantic comedy.

 

An Inspector Calls

BIG IN BELGIUM | Ontroerend Goed

FIGHT NIGHT

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
October 23–November 4, 2018

written by Alexander Devriendt, Angelo Tijssens, and the Cast
directed by Alexander Devriendt

Five candidates. One winner. You decide. This critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit from Belgium’s extraordinary Ontroerend Goed employs high-octane performance and hand-held voting technology to put the power into your hands. The candidates battle for your attention, sympathy, and approval. What will you learn about yourself, and how quickly you judge, or condemn, based on sound bites and appearances? In a world where beauty rules over all, nothing—not even politics—is safe from the cult of celebrity. Come play a game and find the line between democracy and the tyranny of the majority.

 

An Inspector Calls

Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
November 20–December 31, 2018

written by Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, Pos)
developed with Rick Boynton
directed by GQ and JQ

The holiday treat set to a bangin’ beat is back! Chicago hip-hop sensations, the Q Brothers Collective, turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall, and dubstep to epic rock ballads. Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. A live DJ plays through the night as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.

 

An Inspector Calls

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 

CST’s Courtyard Theater
December 6, 2018–January 27, 2019

by William Shakespeare | directed by Joe Dowling

Celebrate twenty years of Shakespeare on Navy Pier in a wonderland where fairies fly, a donkey bursts into song, and love potions can change hearts. Internationally acclaimed director Joe Dowling reimagines his lauded production that inaugurated Chicago Shakespeare’s first season on Navy Pier. Over the course of a night, the stories of royalty, quarrelsome fairies, young lovers, and a troupe of aspirational players are woven into one enchanting tapestry backed by a vibrant score blending jazz, blues, rock, and 50’s doo wop. Shakespeare's raucous humor and wondrous imagery makes it easy to see why this play has remained an audience favorite for more than four hundred years.

 

An Inspector Calls

BIG IN BELGIUM | BRONKS

US/THEM

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
January 22–February 3, 2019

written & directed by Carly Wijs

Beslan, Russia, September 2004: Chechen separatists storm a school, taking hundreds of children hostage in a deadly three-day siege. What unfolds onstage is not a recounting of the tragedy, but rather a stunning, intricately choreographed exploration of the unique way that young people cope with disaster, told through the clear eyes of a girl and a boy trapped inside. After winning the The Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Us/Them went on to an acclaimed run at the National Theatre of Great Britain and on tour around the globe.

 

An Inspector Calls

WORLDSTAGE FROM FRANCE | Compagnie Non Nova

L’APRÈS MIDI D’UN FOEHN

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
January 23–27, 2019

created by Phia Ménard
co-presented with Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival

Prepare to be blown away! Chicago Shakespeare partners with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to co-present France’s Compagnie Non Nova, which takes an ordinary object—a flimsy plastic shopping bag—and transforms it into something magical. Anthropomorphized plastic figures take flight buffeted on invisible waves as a performer manipulates them with precise, complex choreography, creating an intoxicating visual ballet out of the everyday.

 

An Inspector Calls

WᴏʀʟᴅSᴛᴀɢᴇ FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM | The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Landmark production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller

An Inspector Calls

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
February 19–March 10, 2019

by JB Priestly | directed by Stephen Daldry

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning thriller comes to Chicago for a limited engagement next spring. An Inspector Calls has become the theatrical event of a generation, amassing Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Critics Circle awards. Esteemed director Stephen Daldry’s genre-spanning career includes the hit Netflix series The Crown, Oscar-nominated pictures, and Tony Award-winning productions, like Billy Elliot the Musical. His vision of this suspenseful masterpiece finds a peaceful dinner party at the prosperous Birling home shattered when an inspector arrives to investigate a young woman’s death. Revelations shake the foundations of the family’s lives, prompting an examination of their consciences—and ours.

 

An Inspector Calls

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

CST’s Courtyard Theater
February 16–March 16, 2019

by William Shakespeare | adapted & directed by Marti Lyons

Driven by the desire for power, Macbeth struggles with his conscience and chooses a tragic path. This 75-minute abridged production of the classic tragedy is a perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons—who is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors in American theater—it will be performed for more than 30,000 students during weekday Team Shakespeare matinees, with public performances on Saturdays, making Shakespeare accessible for audiences of all ages. After the performance, the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session, and then join the audience in the Lobby for informal conversations and photos.

 

An Inspector Calls

WORLDSTAGE FROM IRELAND | Abbey Theatre

Two Pints

CST’s The Pub
March 6–31, 2019

by Roddy Doyle | directed by Caitríona McLaughlin

For the first time, Chicago Shakespeare’s Pub transforms into an immersive performance venue as two blokes share a pint in Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Roddy Doyle’s intimate dialogue. Pull up a chair as two men have a drink and a chat in Chicago Shakespeare’s intimate lobby gathering spot. Over the course of a few rounds, the blokes’ innocuous banter evolves into a wide-reaching and deeply revealing philosophy on life, loss, and vegetarianism. Roddy Doyle’s play on bar-stool musings has toured dozens of local pubs dotting the Irish countryside, and now lands in Chicago as the centerpiece of an American tour. 

 

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Hamlet

CST’s Courtyard Theater
April 17–June 9, 2019

by William Shakespeare | directed by Barbara Gaines

Artistic Director Barbara Gaines, a leading interpreter of Shakespeare internationally renowned for her populist theater-making, returns to Shakespeare’s most enigmatic character more than twenty years after her first award-winning Hamlet to stage one of the great masterworks of Western literature. Reeling from grief, impelled toward revenge, the Prince of Denmark attempts to navigate his father’s death, betrayal, and relationships torn asunder. As the Theater’s founder and artistic director, Gaines has built one of the world’s great Shakespeare companies, where she has directed more than sixty productions, and garnered countless honors and awards.

 

An Inspector Calls

WORLD PREMIERE

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare
May 30–July 28, 2019

original music & lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
book by Brian Hill
new songs & additional music & lyrics by Neil Bartram
based on the Walt Disney film

A World Premiere Musical based on the iconic feature film comes to the stage in one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the season. Evacuated from the London Blitz, three children arrive in the village of Pepperinge Eye—and upon the doorstep of Eglantine Price, a patriotic witch-in-training. A country grown cynical in the face of war must relearn all about magic—and the strength that lives in solidarity. Climb aboard as the Rawlins children and their countrymen discover that true magic lies in one another, paving the way to change their country’s destiny. A classic allegory in the tradition of Frank L. Baum and C.S. Lewis.

 

   
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