#83. Shakespeare must be the most well-known writer in history. He’s a legend! His work is produced regularly across the globe. In fact, this summer, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London will present the Globe to Globe Festival, April 23rd - June 10th. This 2012 Cultural Olympiad will feature all 37 plays of Shakespeare’s performed by 37 different international companies in 37 different languages. It’s hard to imagine Shakespeare as anything but a genius. Or a time when his name wasn’t revered. But he was a baby. He was a teen. He was human.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents celebrated British film and stage actor Simon Callow in BEING SHAKESPEARE. This one man show chronicles the life and plays of William Shakespeare. From his birth on April 23rd to his death on the same date at age 52, Shakespeare thrives on stage in a swirl of literature meets history. Plague, pregnancy, poverty, politics … Shakespeare was influenced by his environment. BEING SHAKESPEARE poignantly illuminates William’s life onstage, backstage, offstage, pre-stage.
Playwright Jonathan Bate wrote this moving biographical sonnet. Bate poetically folds in actual Shakespearean prose into the look-back at William’s life. Director Tom Cairns expertly stages the show with equally balanced humor and thought-provoking insight. It’s the perfect tribute to a man who wrote both comedy and drama. And the man of the hour is Simon Callow. Callow, exhaustively and effortlessly, covers 52 years of influential moments in Shakespeare’s life. He slips in and out of Shakespearean characters, the real life ones and the Bard’s imagined ones. Callow engages the audience like the popular professor on campus. His delivery is passionate and educational. During one part, I’m so captivated by Callow’s depiction of Will with his actor friends that I’m intrigued to search for a book to learn more.
Simon Callow is an A+ class act! Callow is THE one… the one to teach you a thing or ten about William Shakespeare. BEING SHAKESPEARE is only in Chicago for a limited engagement. Sign up for this literary immersion for an as-you-love-it experience!
Running Time: One hour and fifty-five minutes includes an intermission
At Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut
Written by Jonathan Bate
Directed by Tom Cairns
At 1pm: April 19th, 25th, 26th
At 2pm: April 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th
At 7:30pm: April 19th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th
Thru April 29th
Buy Tickets at www.chicagoshakes.com