Midsommer Flight is a Chicago theatre company dedicated to producing high quality, accessible performances of Shakespeare’s plays.
Our goal is to share our passion for Shakespeare and theatre with our community. Shakespeare is cool. The plays are beautiful and exciting, full of love, lust, sorrow, revenge, magic and joy.
We envision local residents, families, Shakespeare lovers, and those new to his work all to come together at our shows to experience Shakespeare’s beautiful language and exciting stories. With our flagship annual summer production, audiences can also come out for a picnic and enjoy a show together as a community in the fresh air of a Chicago summer. Actors and audiences share the emotion and adventure in these stories with each performance.
Midsommer Flight is committed to the financial accessibility of all its work. The summer production is 100% free to the public, while indoor programming follows a Pay-What-You-Can model, allowing audiences to attend for free as needed. Midsommer Flight has seen the power of eliminating any financial barrier, reaching a large audience that is racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and generationally diverse.
Midsommer Flight has also received significant recognition. In 2017, Midsommer Flight was named a Finalist for the Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theatre Award, which recognizes companies that have “distinguished themselves being on the verge of great growth” and have “demonstrated artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility in business practices.” In 2012, the Chicago City Council adopted a resolution honoring Midsommer Flight "on their dedication to bringing the arts to underserved communities.” Critics have noticed too; in 2017 Performink wrote, “they truly lived up to their vision of quality and access.”