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Chicago Shakespeare Theater has recently unveiled plans for its new CST Festival, a series of performances to be presented each fall and spring. The Festival will bring programs to the stages of Chicago Shakespeare some of the most remarkable performances of celebrated artists from Chicago, America, and abroad. According to Executive Director Criss Henderson, "The artistry and diversity of CST Festival programming will engage audiences from all walks of life, and will challenge what they might expect to find at Chicago Shakespeare."

This fall the CST festival will include The Mystery of Charles Dickens, featuring world-renown British actor Simon Callow. Hailed across Europe as "a virtuoso performance," Callow's portrayal of Dickens and more than 40 Dickensian characters will have an exclusive American engagement at Chicago Shakespeare.

Also this fall the CST Festival will feature Stephen Sondheim's haunting musical Pacific Overtures in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare; and Iquitos Ensemble, featuring Winton Marsalis and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Plans for the spring CST Festival in 2002 include the return of Peter Brook with the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord production of Le Costume (The Suit), performed in French with projected translation. Also in the spring is scheduled Redmoon Theater's interpretation of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea.

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