Services for patrons who are blind or have low vision:

  • Learn more about our new Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can Program
  • Large-print programs are available for all performances at our Audience Services table just inside the lobby doors.
  • Braille programs may be borrowed from our Audience Services table for the five plays in our Subscription Season and our abridged Shakespeare production.
  • Service animals, such as guide dogs, are welcome—simply let us know when booking your tickets. The nearest space for walking service animals is just outside our lobby doors in Pier Park.
  • Audio-described performances (see details below)
  • Touch Tours (see details below)

Audio-described performances: From a soundproof booth, a describer provides a description of the actors’ facial expressions and movements, as well as of the visual design elements of the production transmitted through headphones worn by participating patrons. Touch tours are offered, free of charge, prior to selected performances to provide patrons who are blind or have low vision the opportunity to experience, firsthand, a production’s design elements.  Guests are invited to familiarize themselves with costumes and wigs through touch as CST craftspeople describe them. We also explore set and prop pieces while moving through our stage and backstage areas. The tour concludes with several members of the cast discussing their characters and modeling lines from the show so that patrons can connect the distinct voice with the character prior to the play. Please purchase your tickets in advance to participate in our Access programs. Programs with no attendance may be cancelled 48 hours prior to the show.

Merchant of Venice
Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Directed by Jonathan Munby

Tug of War: Civil Strife
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

Directed by Barbara Gaines

King Charles III
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
(Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Gary Griffin

The Winter's Tale
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Declan Donnellan

The Book of Joseph
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
(Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Barbara Gaines

Love's Labor's Lost
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
(Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Marti Maraden

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Directed by Marti Lyons

Shakespeare in Love
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
(Touch Tour begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Directed by Rachel Rockwell

All performanced described by Jason Harrington


Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can Program

This season, we are continuing our Access Shakespeare Pay-What-You-Can for patrons whose disability requires the use of our audio-described services (plus one companion). Understanding that patrons requiring this service represent a broad financial spectrum, we’re putting it in their hands to pay what they can, to ensure that our productions are as available as possible, to the widest audience possible.

Choose single ticket prices ranging from our full-price of $88 to as low as $30.

For Tug of War: Civil Strife choose single ticket prices ranging from our full-price of $100 to as low as $60.

For both single ticket and subscription purchases, we are happy to extend this Pay-What-You-Can Program to the patron whose disability requires the use of this service and to one companion. Additional tickets can, of course, be purchased at full price.

For tickets and
More Information

 Phone: 312.595.5600

 TTY: 312.595.5699

 Group Sales: 312.595.5678

 Fax: 312.595.5644



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