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Chopin Theatre Mainstage
1543 W. Division Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
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Parking can be scarce, so arrive early and if possible go on Sunday. The meters don't have to be fed.
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Parking is a bit tight in this neighborhood. There is paybox parking on Milwaukee and on Ashland and Division. Paybox parking is free on Sundays
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“It is not often that an actor manages so brilliantly to blur the boundaries between staged performance and reality. Pip Utton can successfully do so." -Bristish Theatre Guide 2007
“Terrifying, searing, transfixing… It is quite impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed by Utton’s performance. Adolf reaffirms the need and worth of political theatre.” -The Scotsman
“Utton’s superb performance makes the Führer tangible yet terrifying. This is an extremely clever warning. Truly powerful theatre.” -The Herald



Set in Hitler’s underground bunker in 1945 as the party faithful are gathered to hear a final address that provides revealing insights into the mesmerizing impact of his ideological justifications and ideas.  The potent delivery by an utterly compelling idealist reveal both the logic of a madman and the manipulating magic of speech.  The audience experiences how intolerance can be exploited and used to seduce.  And then, in a startling transition to the present moment, Pip Utton’s breathtaking coup de theatre leaves the audience stunned.


Based on a day in the complex and destructive life of arguably the greatest British painter since Turner — or, as Margaret Thatcher would have it, “the dreadful man who paints those horrible pictures”.  His was a life fuelled by drunkenness, gambling and a liking for a bit of rough.

About the Ticket Supplier: Chopin Theatre

The play's the thing!" says Hamlet, and at Chopin Theatre, it couldn't be truer. Hidden behind its Wicker Park storefront location, Chopin houses a main stage and a smaller studio, a cafe, ample dressing areas, a luxurious waiting lounge and a grand foyer. Though the entire building is masterfully decorated with Oriental rugs, antique furniture and photograph- and artwork-clad walls, there's no need to don your most respectably dull theater dress to attend a production here: The owners welcome everything from the most casual to the flashiest high-end couture. Since opening its doors 15 years ago, Chopin Theatre has averaged 500 performances a year; though mainly plays, the theater stages film and jazz events as well. With this kind of schedule, one might feel the inkling to compare Chopin to the conventional downtown theater. A word to the wise: Don't compare. Chopin prides itself on producing non-traditional, non-commercial plays purely for the sake of art. Here, making a buck comes second to producing quality theater. At a Chopin performance, there is no definite line between audience and actors; in some cases, the audience becomes the actors and vice versa. Swordfights break out, trapezes swing, nudity takes over and props hurl through the air, all in an effort to generate great and refreshing art.