WTTW, Chicago’s “Window to the World,” will broadcast a range of programming celebrating Shakespeare’s work as it lives on screen and on air. In January, WTTW 11 presents Our City, Our Shakespeare, painting a vibrant portrait of how Shakespeare comes alive in Chicago through theater, opera, ballet, improv and contemporary art. Airing February through March, Shakespeare Uncovered delves into the stories of his greatest plays. Each episode combines interviews with actors, directors and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays specially staged for the series at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. On Saturday, April 23, tune in 98.7 WFMT or listen via the WFMT mobile app for an all-day Shakespeare bash featuring: the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Verdi’s Otello at noon, the greatest music inspired by the Bard’s work, and a few surprises scattered throughout the day. And in August, the concluding episode a BBC three-part series makes its US premiere on WTTW 11. The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses is directed by former artistic director of Royal Court Theatre and Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing King Richard III.
Our City, Our Shakespeare
February + March
The War of the Roses
December 11 at 8:00 p.m.
The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 1
December 18 at 8:00 p.m.
The Hollow Crown: Henry VI, Part 2
December 23 at 9:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Live! from the RSC
December 25 at 8:00 p.m.
The Hollow Crown: Richard III
April 23 All Day Shakespeare Bash
7:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Dennis Moore’s morning program featuring Shakespearean ballets and operas, readings and “Brush Up your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me Kate
The Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's Otello
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
An hour of WFMT Shakespeare programming
The Midnight Special, takes on Shakespeare in folk music, humor and general madness