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Put a little English on your theater-going with British-inspired productions

Nick Stafford’s acclaimed stage adaptation War Horse comes to Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on March 29 and April 9 thanks to the National Theatre Live screen series. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, the filmed play uses life-sized puppets to portray a horse’s story—from rural Devon to the French trenches of World War I. For more information, visit or

Theatre at the Center’s Education through Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 4, 6, 7) at its space on 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, Indiana. For tickets, call 219-836-3255 or visit

“Dead Writers Theatre Collective prides itself on presenting theater with premier production values and the highest caliber of period authenticity,’’ notes Jim Schneider of his staging of Emma at Chicago’s Stage 773 on 1225 W. Belmont Avenue.

A lecture by Jeffrey A. Nigro, Estimating Lace and Muslin: Dress and Fashion in Jane Austen and her World, will take place an hour before the 2:30 performance on May 4. For more information visit

“We know theater audiences enjoy gaining insights into theatrical works. Nigro’s presentation will provide audience an inside look into history and cultural nuances that influenced fashion for both men and women in the 19th Century and give them an appreciation of the unique impact our authentic costumes have on the actors in our production of Emma,” explains Schneider.

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