In coordination with a growing coalition of performing arts venues across Chicagoland, we are requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and face masks for audiences through the end of 2021. Additionally, our artists, backstage crew, and staff will comply with vaccination requirements and testing protocols to promote the safety of all visitors to Court Theatre.
The safety of our patrons, staff, and artists remains the biggest priority for us as we begin to return to live performances with our upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. It is our hope that these additional layers of protection will allow us to all experience the power of live theatre once more, while reducing the risk of COVID-19.
Patrons arriving to Court Theatre should be prepared to show proof of vaccination in order to attend performances. Properly-worn masks will also be required.
Theatre is a communal event, and our collective vigilance in these challenging times is critical in ensuring that everyone is able to experience the artistic sustenance offered by live performance.
Providing Proof of Vaccination Status
All visitors to Court Theatre must provide proof of vaccination. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. This accommodation also applies to children under 12 who are currently unable to be vaccinated. University of Chicago students, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff subject to the University’s vaccine requirements may demonstrate proof of compliance by presenting their UChicago ID at entry.
All visitors regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while at the Court Theatre.
- Proof of vaccination can easily be provided by showing your physical vaccination card, legible photocopy, or a photo of your card.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated or to verify your vaccination for any reason, proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of event start time is required and can be provided by showing a photo or email of negative test results or of a doctor’s order of test results.
- CDC-approved masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre, regardless of vaccination status.
- If on the day of the performance you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact the Box Office at (773) 753-4472 for more information about exchanges or digital viewing options.
- Any ticket holders who would rather not see a performance in person for any reason can easily exchange their in-person tickets for a link to stream a recording of the play.
- We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. Check back here for the most up-to-date information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if a patron comes to the theatre but doesn’t have proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test?
Patrons who are not able to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at the door will not be permitted to enter Court Theatre. They can call the Box Office to exchange their tickets for a future performance when they are able to show proof of vaccination or negative test. Or, they may exchange their ticket to a streamed recording of the performance.
Will the performers wear masks on stage?
The actors will not wear masks while on stage during the performance. Otherwise, masks are required to be worn by everyone at all times throughout the building.
What is a CDC-approved mask?
A list of CDC-approved masks is available here.
Will concessions be available at the theatre?
Currently, we will not be offering concessions at performances. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Will printed programs be available?
Yes, there will be printed programs available for patrons, as well as a digital program that can be easily accessed on our website.
More information on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial individual and community health risks that likely will remain for the foreseeable future. Even with extensive planning and focus on the community’s health and safety, the University of Chicago cannot eliminate these risks. The University thus expects every person who comes to a University facility to adopt precautions designed to mitigate the risk of viral transmission.
Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Visitors will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.
The University encourages everyone to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their earliest opportunity, including visitors to campus. More safety precautions are available on this website.