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About the Play

Tennessee Stage Company presents its 32nd Shakespeare Festival, now renamed “Knoxville Shakespeare.” The fall season features the Bard's "dark" comedy, Measure for Measure, which runs Oct. 6-23, and is being produced in cooperation with Ijams Nature Center, the new permanent home for Knoxville Shakespeare.

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure is the story of what happens when a man, new in his power and deep in his religion, forces a city to its knees and a woman to the end of her faith. Angelo sentences Claudio to death for impregnating his longtime sweetheart. When Isabella, Claudio’s sister and a soon-to-be Nun, begs for Angelo to change his mind, he offers her a choice: Claudio can die, or she can give up her chastity to Angelo in exchange for Claudio's life.

"[W]ith an outstretched throat, I'll tell the world aloud what man thou art."
"Who will believe thee, Isabel?"

Performances and Showtimes

Measure for Measure runs Thursday-Sunday starting at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The indoor matinee Oct. 16 starts at 2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm). Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. Performances are on the Ijams Visitor Center lawn with the exception of the Oct. 16 performances, which will be indoors), so bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. No coolers or Styrofoam products, please. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed at all times.


Admission is $15 for adults. Four-pack ticket packages are available for $50. Kids 5 and under free.

Children in Knox County and surrounding county school systems qualify for the Penny4Arts Program, which allows these children to attend free-of-charge based on these guidelines:

  • All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18+) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult.

  • Proof of Knox and surrounding county residency may be required.

  • At least one in a group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts.

  • Penny4Arts tickets must be included in your reservation. 

Requests for reduced ticket prices should be emailed to

For more information about the Tennessee Stage Company, Knoxville Shakespeare, or its support guild, Buddies of the Bard (BOB), call +1865-546-4280 or e-mail

Reserve Your Tickets Today!

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