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The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a professional theater group that is situated in Navy Pier in Chicago. The theater and the group itself hold more than 600 performances per year within a 48 week theater season. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is mostly known for its continuous and critically acclaimed plays based on the works of William Shakespeare.

The CST began its life with the help of the artistic director Barbara Gaines who founded the company in 1986. The initial performances of the group were held in the Red Lion Pub in the local Lincoln Park before moving to its current location in Navy Pier in 1999. While the CST regularly performs works from other playwrights, the still continually show different plays written by Shakespeare. This also helped them receive a membership in the esteemed Shakespeare Theater Association of America or STAA.

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has two different theaters with the main one being the 510 seat Courtyard Theater which is where most of the plays are being held. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater?s Courtyard Theater features a state of the art technology for both the visual and sound aspect of a play. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater?s main theater is also attached to a versatile thrust stage and a deep proscenium which can help make a larger space for the actors.

Another theater has also been built inside the Chicago Shakespeare Theater?s Navy Pier home which is called the ?Upstairs?. The Upstairs Theater is a 200 seat black box theater space that is specifically used to hold smaller plays and productions. These productions include classics and alternative productions such as William Shakespeare?s Romeo and Juliet as done by The Second City. Other plays and productions that have already performed in the ?Upstairs? include ?People Vs. Friar Laurence? and ?The Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet.?
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