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Court Theatre (Chicago)


Court Theatre (Chicago)

This article is about the theatre in Chicago. For other uses, see Court Theatre.

The Court Theatre is a professional theatre located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The Court Theatre is affiliated with the University of Chicago, receiving in-kind support from the University and operating within the larger University umbrella. The Court Theatre puts on five plays per season which are attended by over 35,000 people each year.

Established in 1955, Court Theatre's mission is to discover the power of classic theater, with a vision to become the national center for classic theater. Court works to fulfill this mission through the rigorous exploration of classic dramatic texts, including the African-American canon and musical theatre works as well as through commissioning new adaptations of classic texts.

Named “the most consistently excellent theater company in America” by The Wall Street Journal, Court has a national reputation for excellence and innovation. Through its five main stage productions per season, as well as symposia, post-performance discussions and education programs, it endeavors to be the national center for classic theatre by thoroughly examining and imaginatively re-envisioning classic works to illuminate timeless themes and uncover immediately relevant messages.

Charles Newell has been Artistic Director since 1994, and in 2010 was joined by Stephen J. Albert as Executive Director.

External links

  • Court Theatre Official site.


  • Chicago Tribune. March 6, 2008. Court Theatre's Newell will be busy on the boards. By Chris Jones. Retrieved 2008-03-16
  • Chicago Tribune, February 29, 2008. Murder, mayhem at Court Theatre--and now a carnival ride. Retrieved 2008-03-16
  • Chicago Tribune, May 22, 2006. Court Theatre troupe can't quite balance 'Lettice and Lovage'.
  • Chicago Sun-Times, April 4, 2005. Art's effect on history propels Court Theatre's captivating 'Travesties'. Review by Kevin Nance
  • Court Theatre's 'Thyestes' broadens the gory details. By Chris Jones, Tribune theater critic. October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-16
  • The New York Times, Travel Guides: Chicago - Court Theatre
  • Court Theatre 2009-2010 Season press release

Coordinates: 41°47′38″N 87°36′03″W / 41.7940°N 87.6009°W / 41.7940; -87.6009

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