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Lookingglass launches its 30th season with the return of the award-winning, circus-infused Hard Times.

A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: Grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through.

Artistic director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

Show Details

  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago