Teen Shakespeare Retellings

Exit, Pursued by A Bear book cover

Did you know Shakespeare invented the romantic comedy? And about 1,700 words? If you want to get the gist of Shakespeare's stories without decoding the "wherefore arts," here are some teen retellings of Shakespeare's plays that will have you rolling or shaking in your seats. Exit, Pursued by A Bear by E.K. Johnston is a mix of The Winter's Tale, […]

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See Shakespeare-Inspired Film Screenings at CPL

This fall we continue our celebration of Shakespeare 400 Chicago with film screenings that are a mix of old classics and new twists on some of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. Events See Shakespeare interpretations on the big screen with these film screenings: Sing Along with West Side Story: If music is what moves you, sing along with us—costumes […]

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See Shakespeare in Chicago Exhibit at HWLC

Portrait of WIlliam Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Chicago: All the City's a Stage is on display through October 30 at Harold Washington Library Center. The exhibit is part of the international Shakespeare 400 celebration and Shakespeare 400 Chicago. William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright of all time, and in the 400 years since his death, his legacy has only grown. The […]

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 with Performances, Workshops


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date. —Shakespeare, Sonnet 18, lines 1-4 Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean we’ve stopped celebrating Shakespeare 400, the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s […]

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Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23rd

William Shakespeare April 23 1564-April 23 1616 To honor the birth of this genius we have all agreed to talk like the Bard, or failing that, butcher his poetry for the sake of a few laughs. Talk Like Shakespeare Day HQ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre supplies you with DIY Elizabethan ruff and Shakespeare mask projects.  If you don't […]

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 Chicago Day

As You Like It

April 23, 2016 has been proclaimed by Mayor Emanuel as Shakespeare 400 Chicago Day. This day celebrates both the birth and death anniversaries of the playwright, and encourages all Chicagoans to enjoy his lasting influence. Happily, Mother Nature seems to be celebrating too. With warmer weather and daffodils in bloom, has Chicago's typical winter of discontent finally made way for […]

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If It Weren’t for Shakespeare…Ten Book Titles That Quote Shakespeare

Cover of The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes. Portrait of Hamlet seen as a young renaissance artist/poet.

William Shakespeare had that certain type of genius. He could basically steal from disparate sources and make something brand new. He is said to have lifted from Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, The Danish History of Saxo Gramaticus' Gesta Danorum, Seneca, Plutarch, Giovanni Boccacio, Arthur Brooke (or Broke,) Thomas Kyd, and local folktales. But, it's as if he invented the […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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The Bard in Bollywood: 3 Hindi Hits Inspired by Shakespeare

Ram-Leela Bollywood film poster: barechested male embraces female, wind blowing her hair back

Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare's harshest critic, gave him his most meaningful epitaph: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Shakespeare has been quite naturally adapted for film: the plays were meant to be heard and watched. This people pleaser had a keen notion of attention span: "Things in motion sooner catch the eye than […]

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Beware the Ides of March

Booth brothers in Julius Caesar

"Beware the Ides of March," warns the Soothsayer in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, as the midpoint of the month, the Ides, approaches. This famous line foretells Caesar's murder, an historic event that took place on March 15, 44 BCE. While it's not performed often, many productions of Julius Caesar have been staged in Chicago. On […]

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