Gary Griffin will direct "Sunday in the Park with George." Barbara Gaines will stage both David Ives' "The School for Lies" and Shakespeare's "Henry VIII." And the British director Jonathan Munby will helm a new production of "Julius Caesar," using present-day Washington, D.C. as a backdrop.
Those four shows (Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Sunday in the Park" is slated for September; "Lies" for December; "Caesar" for February; "Henry VIII" for April, 2013) make up the four-show subscription season at Chicago Shakespeare, and will all be staged in the Courtyard Theatre on Navy Pier.
Chicago Shakespeare also announced Monday some shows in its World Stage program, including the return of two international companies who did well here previously:
- The National Theatre of Scotland will be back at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater Oct. 10-21 with their touring hit "Black Watch," the piece directed by John Tiffany about the famous Scottish regiment.
- One Step at a Time, the Australian company behind "En Route," will be back in Chicago in the summer of 2013 with a new pedestrian-based show, inspired by Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure."
- In September, the National Theatre of Scotland will also present "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart," a piece by David Greig set in the border country of Scotland.
- And one more newly announced World Stage show is actually coming this spring. The Belgian collective company Ontroerend Goed will bring to Chicago its "A History of Everything," a piece probing the entire history of humanity, slated for May 25 to June 3 in the Upstairs Theater.
Next winter's Short Shakespeare presentation will be an abridged "Romeo and Juliet," while the seasonal family attraction on Navy Pier this summer will be a 75-minute version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," directed by Rachel Rockwell.