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From critically acclaimed dramas and hilarious comedies to upbeat musicals and performances just for kids, there's a performance for everyone. See this season's lineup below.

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January 19, 2020
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: SMALL ISLAND
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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January 31, 2020 - February 9, 2020
JULIUS CAESAR
An all-powerful ruler, a skeptical public, and noble, but perhaps sinister ambition. Witness a new staging of Shakespeare’s great tragedy in which a group of people go to extremes to remove a leader with devastating consequences.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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February 14, 2020 - March 1, 2020
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Elle Woods appears to have it all but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Location: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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April 24, 2020 - May 3, 2020
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by and evil King. On board, they know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. While at sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates their fearsome leader Black Stache is determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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May 1, 2020 - May 10, 2020
THE WAA-MU SHOW
The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University’s own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students. The Waa-Mu Show’s quirky name stands for the two organizations that banded together to present the first show in 1929, the Women’s Athletic Association (W.A.A.) and the Men’s Union (M.U.). Since then, Waa-Mu has become a virtual institution for budding young theatrical talent. 
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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