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A variety of free programming is available for you to enjoy on Chicago ShakesSTREAM, from a collection of Shakespeare’s most spine-chilling scenes and conversations with scholars to musical performances broadcast from the Theater’s rooftop, and more.


It Came From Outer Space PreAmble

Stephen Bennett, PhD dives into the cinematic inspiration behind the world premiere musical It Came From Outer Space for the Pre•Amble series.


All's Well That Ends Well PreAmble

Pre•Amble scholar Katie Blankenau, PhD explores the genre of Shakespeare’s dark comedy, All’s Well That Ends Well.


All's Well That Ends Well PreAmble

Sara B.T. Thiel, PhD places All’s Well That Ends Well in the context of Shakespeare’s canon as part of the Pre•Amble series.


Q Brothers Christmas Carol PreAmble

Scholar Stephen Bennett, PhD offers a fresh perspective on Q Brothers Christmas Carol from the Q Brothers Collective as part of the Pre•Amble series.

In Conversation with a Scholar

Remember This Scholar Note

Newberry Library President and Holocaust scholar Daniel Greene, PhD shares insights on the life and legacy of Jan Karski around Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski.


As You Like It PreAmble

Scholar-in-Residence Regina Buccola, PhD presents a Pre•Amble diving into the Theater's 2021 production of As You Like It, adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran.

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.


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