It will be Simon Callow in the fall and Peter Brook in the spring at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The two artists will be featured in the company's CST Festivals, one of which occurs when the leaves are falling, the other when new leaves are blossoming.
Simon Callow will bring his one-man show The Mystery of Charles Dickens to CST Dec. 4-23. Callow, who has worn nearly every chapeau on the theatrical hatrack, performed Mystery in the West End. In the piece, he plays the celebrated Victorian novelist, as well as more than 40 of his creations, from Mr. Micawber (David Copperfield) to Mrs. Gamp (Martin Chuzzlewit) to Bill Sikes (Oliver Twist) to Miss Havisham (Great Expectations). (Dickens, who worshipped the stage and often toyed with acting, would no doubt approve.) Peter Ackroyd wrote the piece, which will be directed by Patrick Garland.
In the spring, Brook will pay a return visit. CST scored a coup when Peter Brook presented his Hamlet at the Windy City theatre last season. Now, the theatrical auteur returns with Le Costume (The Suit), a play based on a work by South African writer Can Themba about an unorthodox love triangle between a man, a woman, and...a suit.
Le Costume's dates are yet to be announced.
—By Robert Simonson