TWO PENCE THEATRE COMPANY provides the Chicago area with intimate and dynamic experiences of Shakespeare and other artists inspired by the principles of the Renaissance, illuminating what it means to be human. // READ MORE


We only have until MIDNIGHT on JULY 1st to make our matching goal. Can you help? (more here)


Shake Wars is THIS SUNDAY the 22nd and Darth Hamlet needs you there! (more here.)


We're over 1/2 way to our Matching Challenge Goal but we need your help before June 15th! (more here)


We made you a Matching Marathon Monday  Video (tip of the hat to our friends in Boston!) Watch it here (more)


Two Pence has been Challenged! To do what? To raise 7 grand! Who challenged us? Find out here! (more)


When. Is. Spring. COMING? It's still cold in Chicago, but we're getting good at entertaining ourselves indoors - check it out!  (more)


The Dead Keep RIsing - but in a good way! We've got ANOTHER reading coming for you this Tuesday the 18th - Aphra Behn's The Rover! (more)


Dead Man's Hand is back! We're so excited to hang out at The Atlantic and get dirty with The Knight of the Burning Pestle Feb. 23rd! (more)


2014 is comin' atcha in style! Artistic Director Tom Wells is teaching another Linklater class! Sign up today! (more)


2013 is going out with a MAJOR bang - The 2013 Fall Festival of Shakespeare: Chicago was incredible!  (more)


Shakespeare is coming!  Check out the press release for THE FALL FESTIVAL OF SHAKESPEARE: CHICAGO (more)


Sunday October 26th is a LAB night! Come to any of the rest of 2013's Labs and earn 10% off a future 2P class! (more)


GALLATHEA is almost here! Directed by Company Member Eliza Hofman and featuring some of our favorite 2P usual suspects! (more)


Can you spare 2.5 minutes for our survey? You could win free movie passes AND make our hearts sing!! (more)


GALLATHEA is coming November 3rd! (more)


We'll be kicking of the Andersonville Arts Weekend TONIGHT at 9:30 for our final reading of VOLPONE (more)


We'll be giving out buttons and taking names at the Edgewater Fall Arts Fair this Sat/Sun 3p - 6p! Come say hi!

Artistic Director Tom Wells is teaching at the Acting Studio Chicago - class starts September 29! (more)

Dead Man's Hand: A Live 2P Reading Series - our reading series is back with a new sexy name! Next up VOLPONE (more)




Like supporting and creating art in your community? Like our style? TWO PENCE is currently expanding our Board of Directors. Contact kathryn@twopencetheatre.org for more information.


We're thrilled to receive an Education Grant for the Fall Festival from the TARGET CORPORATION!

February 11 // Purchase RICHARD II tickets Here.

January 17 // Dost thou imagine Kill Bill in Shakespearean verse?
Have you spent time comparing the body count in Reservoir Dogs to that of Hamlet? Two Pence Theatre Company is seeking submissions for a Tarantino-inspired Shakespeare mash-up to be staged as part of an annual gala event. Submissions should be a treatment of a 30-minute script with one fully developed scene of 1-2 pages. The selected entry will be staged by Two Pence for the annual Shakespeare Mash-up Gala in June 2013. Successful scripts would merge elements of a Tarantino film with the love of language shared by Tarantino and Shakespeare. See Adam Bertocci’s Two Gentlemen of Lebowski as a reference. Deadline for a treatment and writing sample is February 28, 2013. A final selection will be made by March 30, and the selected play's deadline for a full-length draft (in coordination with Two Pence director) is May 1. Please send submissions to Submit@TwoPenceTheatre.org.

January 16 // From now till February 8th get a 2P tshirt right here!!

January 15 // RICHARD IS COMING: Get your tickets now on the SEE page!

September 26 // Two Pence is in our second week of our first high school residency!
The Fall Festival of Shakespeare: Chicago at Senn Arts High School is every bit as awesome as we knew it would be. Mark your calenders NOW to come see the Senn Arts student star in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on November 17th! Stay tuned for photos, student-designed posters, video updates and more!

If that's not enough, stay close to our Facebook page for our upcoming production announcement!

August 17 // The Fall Festival of Shakespeare: Chicago // Kickstarter Campaign
"For as the Sun is daily new and old..."
Two Pence is proud that in the past three years we've explored all different ways to raise funds, from good old-fashioned letter campaigns to throwing righteous Lebowski-themed bowling parties. But this time we're raising money for our first high school residency so decided to go new-school and high speed with the kick-off of our first Kickstarter campaign! // Learn More // Kickstart Now

August 6 // The Two Pence Lab begins...
Sunday, August 12th, TWO PENCE begins its first in a series of labs for all-comers. Read, speak, play, get back to the vitals. // Learn More

July 13 // "THINGS RANK" : a STATUS workshop
TWO PENCE is proud to welcome special guest facilitator and Master Teacher Kevin Coleman, Director of Education at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, M.A. to explore the dangerous world of Social Dynamics and Status Interaction in this special, one-night-only workshop. Learn how to be the King and how to make the King; understand how the physical embodiment of status can help you create characters across all social strata. This workshop is suitable for professional actors and directors seeking practical tools in period social dynamics. Warning: this is no lecture. Come prepared to play. // FIND OUT MORE!

March 16 // A New TWO PENCE: We’re so excited to share our new logo with you and with it, our new name - Two Pence Shakespeare has officially changed our name to TWO PENCE THEATRE COMPANY. What we do is still Shakespeare, but this way we can do anything else too! Don’t forget to hop over and like our new Facebook page as well.

Ongoing // TWO PENCE is currently raising funds to offset the cost of finding permanent office and rehearsal space!

Like supporting and creating art in your community? Like our style? TWO PENCE is currently expanding our Board of Directors. Contact kathryn@twopencetheatre.org for more information.

Want to get involved? Email tom@twopencetheatre.org with your inquiry, resume or ideas!