Experience The Yard, Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Innovative New Venue


The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has opened The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, its innovative new theater, whose inaugural performance brings a realm of wonder and enchantment to Chicago.

Running now through Sept. 23rd, you’d be remiss not to take in cirque nouveau superstar James Thierrée’s The Toad Knew.

For nearly two decades, Thierrée has teased and twisted audiences’ imaginations with astonishing, theatrical creations—sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always extraordinary. His newest invention, The Toad Knew, intertwines dreams with childhood terrors, burlesque, and realism to explore the wild, wondrous love shared among siblings. A collective of dancers, high-wire artists, and musicians create an intoxicating world evocative of Salvador Dalí and Tim Burton. This is artistry that defies categorization, but promises to stay with you long after you leave the Theater.

Tickets start at $48 and are available here. Note: This fantastical production is not suitable for children.

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