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The only thing better than making theater again is sharing it with you! From stirring performances filmed live at Chicago Shakespeare to vivid audio plays, highlights from our collection, and more, this all-new platform is where you will find innovative, entertaining programs tailored for the virtual experience.

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We Are Out There

NOW THROUGH JUNE 20: A digital prologue to the upcoming new musical It Came from Outer Space that reveals secrets (and a few songs) from next year‘s world premiere.


Celebrate the power of the arts

To Be Four Twenty-Three

To mark Shakespeare’s birthday, this special evening includes a conversation with rapper & actor Common, plus performances broadcast from the Theater’s rooftop.

World Premiere Cast Recording

Ride The Cyclone

Listen to the world premiere cast recording of Ride the Cyclone—the funny, irreverent, acclaimed musical that made its U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakespeare in 2015.

A 40-minute online celebration

Chicago Shakespeare Slam

Be inspired by local high school students who unleashed their imaginations on Hamlet, and made meaningful connections across schools and neighborhoods.

From the Greens to Your Screens

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

A WTTW Channel 11 program celebrating the community-building spirit of one of our city’s favorite summertime traditions, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.

A half-hour of frightful delight

Chicago ShakesFEAR

Eerie ghosts. Wicked witches. Villains galore. Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines explore the scary, strange, and supernatural in Shakespeare’s plays.

Hear from voices across the city

Our City Our Shakespeare

Through performances, interviews, and more, WTTW Channel 11 examines Chicago’s special relationship with the works of our namesake, William Shakespeare.


in-person performances to return october 2021 with...

As You Like It


A Highlight from our Collection

Love's Labor's Lost

Witty wordplay ignites hearts and minds in Shakespeare’s playful romantic comedy—recorded in front of a live audience in the Courtyard Theater.


A New Theatrical Film

I, Banquo

Filmed in one live, uninterrupted take, Macbeth’s tragic, bloody downfall is
retold by the best friend he betrays and murders.


A New Theatrical Film

I, Cinna (the poet)

Exploring the power of our words and actions, the innocent poet murdered by the mob in Julius Caesar first searches for the subject of his new poem.


New Video-Enhanced Audio Play

Measure for Measure

Set in Cuba just before Castro takes power, bold images mix with deft renditions of Shakespeare’s poetry—offering a fiery examination of corruption.


New Audio Play with Original Music

Twelfth Night

Featuring original music and immersive 360° sound, Shakespeare’s lyrical verse traces the journeys of Illyria’s lovers and lost souls.



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