Hard Times

Hard Times

October 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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.



Adapted and Directed by
Ensemble Member Heidi Stillman
From the Book by Charles Dickens
In Association with The Actors Gymnasium


“Heidi Stillman—in her finest, most nuanced work as both adapter and director—has crafted a show of tremendous grace and heart, darkness and light. She has brought to life a Victorian-era epic that bursts with wit and whimsy, and all the outrage, hope, severity, and sentimentality of the novel” – Chicago Sun-Times

“As brilliantly conceived as any Dickens stage adaptation I have ever seen. It’s a tribute not only to the glory of Dickens, but to the joy of theater.” – Chicago Tribune


Runs October 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018

Venue Water Tower Water Works


Groups of 8 or more save up to 20%. Email groupsales@lookingglasstheatre.org or call 773.477.9257 x125 for details.