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Sense and Sensibility

July 06 – August 14

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

Photo by Liz Lauren, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Sense and Sensibility


Sense and Sensibility

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Directed by Barbara Gaines
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Presented in Association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater

"A Winner! Audiences can't get enough." —The Wall Street Journal

Jane Austen’s beloved, emotional novels inspire readers’ imaginations. Now Tony Award nominee Paul Gordon (The Old Globe’s Emma, Broadway’s Jane Eyre) refashions her timeless classic Sense and Sensibility into a gorgeous, thrillingly romantic musical. After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again. As the plucky heroines face their situation with courage and resolve, audiences will fall in love with Ms. Austen’s era in a whole new way, enchanted by the lush tones of this ravishing new musical score. The Chicago Sun-Times called Sense and Sensibility “flawless,” and The Wall Street Journal dubbed it “a winner, full of wit and romance—a show as light on its feet as the novel from which it derives.”

Leading Season Sponsors
Karen and Donald Cohn

Silvija and Brian Devine

Season Sponsors
Kathryn and John Hattox
Joan and Irwin Jacobs

Artist Sponsor for Wayne Alan Wilcox (Edward Ferrars): Jo Ann Kilty


"Highly recommended! Bursts with both wit and heart. This production could be sent directly to Broadway!" —Chicago Sun–Times

"A match made in musical theatre heaven!" —The Daily Herald


Cast and Creative



Book, Music, and Lyrics
Paul Gordon
Barbara Gaines
Creative Producer, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Rick Boynton
Music Director
Laura Bergquist
Matt Raftery
Scenic Design
Kevin Depinet
Costume Design
Susan E. Mickey
Lighting Design
Donald Holder
Sound Design
Ray Nardelli
Larry Hochman
Bruce Coughlin
Music Supervisor and Additional Arrangement
Curtis Moore
Original Production Choreographer
Harrison McEldowney
Original Wig and Makeup Design
Melissa Veal
Production Stage Manager
Peter Van Dyke
Assistant Stage Manager
Laura Zingle
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre


Post-Show Forums

Discuss the play members of the cast following the performance. Post-Show Forums following evening performances only. FREE

Tuesday, July 19

Wednesday, July 20

Tuesday, July 26


Insight Seminars

A seminar series featuring a panel selected from the artistic company of the current show. FREE

Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30p.m.