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Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater opened its new seven-story facility
at Navy Pier in 1999, bringing a new dimension to the Pier and creating a permanent home for Shakespeare in the
heart of Chicago.
outside view of Shakespeare Theater

The year-round theater complex is centrally located on the Pier. Inside this beautiful courtyard-style theater, the main floor, dress circle and gallery wrap gracefully around the thrust stage. In the intimate 510-seat theater, only nine rows separate the most distant seat from the actors on stage, and the gallery is suspended just 20 feet above the action. The complex also features a flexible 180-seat theater, Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, rehearsal spaces, an English-style pub, a Shakespeare resource center for educators, and lobby and reception areas with views of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline.



Road Show
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Gary Griffin

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare
March 13 – May 4, 2014

Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin brings you not one, but two musicals, Gypsy and Road Show, that feature the extraordinary talents of Stephen Sondheim—both inspired by real stories of ambitious Americans in pursuit of their dreams. Based on the lives of the boldly enterprising brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner, the musical journey of Road Show spans forty years—from the Alaskan Gold Rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s. Traversing the continent in a variety of get-rich-quick schemes, the brothers stick together through experiences that change their lives in unexpected ways.

Photo Credit:
Michael Aaron Lindner (seated) as Addison Mizner and Andrew Rothenberg as Wilson Mizner in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s upcoming production of Road Show. Photo by Michael Brosilow.


Henry V
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe

in Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater
April 29 – June 15, 2014

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” In a rousing finale to the 2014 season, Shakespeare’s powerful history play takes center stage in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s magnificent Courtyard Theater for the very first time. Acclaimed British director Christopher Luscombe, whose work has been featured at the Royal Shakespeare Company, sheds new light on the Bard’s legendary coming-of-age story. Against all odds, a charismatic young monarch confronted by the ferocity of war proves his worth as a man—and king. Henry V is Shakespeare’s rallying cry, celebrating the power of language to summon battlefields from thin air and ignite our souls to action.

Photo Credit:
Harry Judge as the newly crowned King Henry in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V, directed by Christopher Luscombe, in CST’s Courtyard Theater April 29–June 15, 2014. Photo by Bill Burlingham.


For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Chicago Shakespeare Theater Box Office at 312.595.5600,
or go to their website at www.chicagoshakes.com.

Access Shakespeare

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is committed to bringing outstanding theater to persons with disabilities, including hearing and visual impairments. Accessible seating is available in both theaters, as are large-print programs and assistive listening devices. If disability assistance is required, please call the Box Office at 312.595.5600 or 312.595.3752(TTY).

Duo-Interpreted Sign Language Performance

A designated performance of every production is interpreted in American Sign Language. Please call the Box Office at 312.595.5600 (phone) or 312.595.3752 (TTY) to book your tickets, and ask to be seated in the sign-interpreted section, which is close to the stage.

Audio-Described Performances

A designated performance of every production is audio-described. Please contact the Box Office at 312.595.5600 to book your tickets, and ask to reserve a listening device. Audio-description begins 15 minutes before the curtain with introductory remarks.

For more information, including the dates of this season's sign-interpreted and audio-described performances, please visit chicagoshakes.com/access.

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