'Sunday in the Park,' 'Ceasar' and return of 'Black Watch' are Chicago Shakespeare highlights

Chris Jones

2:06 PM CDT, March 12, 2012


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:

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.