Downtown Baltimore Campus

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theatre
7 South Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has transformed a 19th-century landmark in downtown Baltimore into an intimate theatre for the classics. Designed by architects Cho, Benn, Holback + Associates and constructed by Southway Builders, the theatre creatively reuses the former Mercantile Deposit and Trust Company bank building. Inside, visitors will see the original columns and vault doors, ornately decorated ceiling, and a catwalk used by bank guards who patrolled the trust’s perimeter. Built like a fortress with double walls and iron window grates, the Mercantile building survived Baltimore’s Great Fire of 1904. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Downtown Theatre is located just two blocks north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The public entrance is on Calvert Street. Look for the red and white marquee. CLICK HERE FOR MAP

Get Directions

From the North via I-83: 
Take I-83 South into Downtown Baltimore. I-83 becomes President Street. At Lombard Street turn right. Then at Calvert Street, turn right. Ahead are Water Street and then Redwood Street. Use Water Street to reach our partner Arrow Parking lot. The theatre is one block north of the garage, at Calvert and Redwood Streets. You will see the marquee over the Calvert Street door.  

From the South via I-95:
Take I-95 North to the I-395 exit for Downtown Baltimore. Turn right on Conway Street heading toward the Inner Harbor. Turn left on Light Street and prepare for Light Street to split: Stay in the left or center lane to go straight into Calvert Street (the right lane will carry you down Pratt Street). Ahead on Calvert Street are Water Street and then Redwood Street and the theatre. To reach our partner Arrow Parking lot, turn right on Water Street. The theatre is one block north of the garage, at the corner of Calvert and Redwood streets. You will see the red marquee over the Calvert Street door.

From the South via I-295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway):
Follow the Baltimore-Washington Parkway into Downtown Baltimore on Russell Street, past the casino and ballparks. Turn right on Pratt Street heading East toward the Inner Harbor. Take Pratt Street to Calvert Street. Turn left on Calvert Street. Ahead on Calvert Street are Water Street and then Redwood Street and the theatre. To reach our partner Arrow Parking lot, turn right on Water Street. The theatre is one block north of the garage, at the corner of Calvert and Redwood streets. You will see the red marquee over the Calvert Street door.

From the West via Route 40:
 Follow Route 40 into downtown Baltimore, where it becomes West Mulberry Street. At St. Paul Street, turn right. Turn left at Baltimore Street. You will cross Calvert Street and turn right on South Street. Ahead are Redwood Street then Water Street. Turn right on Water Street to reach the entrance to our partner Arrow Parking lot. The theatre is one block north of the garage, at the corner of Calvert and Redwood streets. You will see the red marquee over the Calvert Street door.

Parking

For evening and Saturday or Sunday performances

Our partner at the Arrow Parking covered lot is offering $5 parking when you provide them with a CSC coupon (available from ushers inside the theatre). Use the coupon when you exit the garage. This well-lighted, 24-hour garage has a full-time attendant. It is located one block south of the theatre, at 204 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, 21202, with entrances on both Lombard and Water Streets, between Calvert and South Streets. Park and walk about 1.5 blocks north on Calvert to the theatre. Look for the Shakespeare marquee.  CSC discount parking vouchers are not valid Monday through Friday during regular daytime business and morning commuter hours. Our theatre discount parking vouchers are good at night and on weekends. See note above if you will be attending a morning matinee.

For 10am weekday matinees:

During weekday business hours, our downtown parking partner is The QG, located at the corner of Calvert Street and Water Street. You may use The QG’s parking valet service, which opens at 9:30am. Look for the umbrella and valet stand on Water Street. Valet parking is $12, and the attendant parks your car in the Water Street Garage. All cars must leave the lot by 8pm. No shuttles or buses, please. CSC discount parking vouchers are not accepted at this valet, and are not valid at Arrow Parking Garage on weekdays during morning commuter hours. Theatre discount parking vouchers are good at night and on weekends.

Can I park on the street?

CSC’s new theatre is downtown in the heart of the bustling legal and business district, and next door to several hotels. If you’re attending a performance, please note the instructions above; we recommend that you use one of our parking partners.

If you’re stopping by during weekday business hours to visit our office, you might snag a metered spot on the street — but watch the signs, even on weekends! On Calvert Street, metered parking is permitted only between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., (and the meter monitors are diligent). There is towing before 10am, and tow trucks also appear right on time at 3 pm. The meters take credit cards.

On weekends and evenings, the meters are in effect on the main streets; read the meter and posted signs carefully. Most meters accept change ($2 an hour) or credit cards.

Public Transportation

CSC’s Downtown Baltimore theatre is conveniently located near the free Charm City Circulator PURPLE ROUTE. There are stops on Calvert Street (Northbound, in front of the mall at Pratt Street) and on St. Paul Street (Southbound, closest stop is on Fayette Street). To find the Charm City Circulator hours, schedules and route maps, CLICK HERE.

MARC / Amtrak

Always consult train schedules for routes and hours of availability. 

Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station (serving Amtrak and Marc lines) is about 1.5 miles North of the theatre. From the Amtrak station, you can catch a cab to the theatre. 

The Camden Yards MARC Train Station is located beside Oriole Park baseball stadium near the Inner Harbor, about 10 blocks from the theatre. Please note that the MARC train service through Camden Yards runs Monday-Friday and during commuter hours only. There is Saturday service on the Penn Line through Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station. Hours are limited, however, so please consult MARC schedules.  If you are planning to come into Baltimore via the Camden line, you may also wish to be aware of ball game schedules. 

Seating Chart

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Prime Seating (blue)
Best views in the center section on the ground floor and first mezzanine.

Basic Seating (green)
Terrific views on the ground-floor section and first mezzanine on both sides of the stage.

Value Seating (orange)
A limited number of value-priced seats are available for each performance. The location of these seats may change based on the production.

Obstructed Seating
Certain seats have partial or full-view obstructions.

Accessible Seating
These benches can be removed to accommodate wheelchairs. If you need a bench removed, please contact the Box Office when you purchase tickets.