In less than 20 years, this unpretentious Bardic troupe moved from the back of a Lincoln Park pub to a mouthwatering, multimillion-dollar facility with a spectacular Lake Michigan view. (The main stage was modeled on Stratford-upon-Avon’s Swan Theatre.) And in 2008, Chicago Shakes became the fourth Chicago institution to pick up the Tony Award for regional theater excellence. The main course here is Shakespeare, of course, but with detours into classics of every stripe, including the occasional musical. Some of the company’s best trimmings include the dynamic international programming presented under the World's Stage banner.
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800 E Grand Ave
|Cross street:||at Navy Pier|
|Transport:||Bus: 29, 65, 66, 120, 121, 124.|
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Shakespeare in Love
The 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, from a screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, imagines a Shakespeare who’s equal parts dashing and dashed. Not yet celebrated by his contemporaries and stuck on an idea for the next play he needs to crank out fast...Comedy Wednesday May 31 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
Madagascar—A Musical Adventure
The animated animals of Central Park Zoo come to life in this stage musical based on the DreamWorks film, with a book by Kevin Del Aguila (Altar Boyz) and original songs by George Noriega and Joel Someillan. Madagascar continues Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s...Children's Thursday July 13 2017 - Sunday August 27 2017
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I subscribe. I've seen many shows here over several years. A) You can't go wrong with Shakespeare, especially B) in the capable hands of these folks.
Chicago Shakes is one of the few redeeming places on Navy Pier. They run the gauntlet of Shakespeare's vast body of work throughout the year, always in spectacular form. The theater is designed to look like an Elizabethan era London playhouse, which only adds to its charm.