SPECIAL NOTE: At this time, most performances are at limited seating or Sold Out. If you are looking for a set date and would like to  include your name on the waiting lists, please e-mail Nathan at yourevent@ijams.org with your name, how many tickets you'd like to reserve, performance date, and a phone number. Guests on the waiting list will be contacted as soon as tickets become available and in the order they were placed on the list.

A funny thing happened on the way to Shakespeare On The Square’s 30th anniversary season – it was cancelled! Okay, so that might not be so funny. But so many people have said, “It just isn’t summer in Knoxville without Shakespeare On The Square." Agreed! So here's the new plan!

Tennessee Stage Company, Ijams Nature Center, 70/30 Creatives, and the Knox County Health Department are proud to present Shakespeare OFF the Square, featuring a very special performance of 
Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare is headed off to the wide-open spaces of Ijams, where you can enjoy the play on the Visitor Center lawn while maintaining safe physical distancing!


Reserve Your Tickets Below

About the Play

Much Ado About Nothing is a hilarious comedy by William Shakespeare about misunderstandings, love, and deception that's fun for the whole family!

Count Claudio falls in love with Hero and proposes. Hero’s cousin, Beatrice (a confirmed spinster), and Benedict (an eternal bachelor) are duped into believing the other is in love with them. Claudio is deceived. Hero is wrongfully accused. Will love prevail?


This highly stylized, modern-dress production features five actors, each playing three roles. The cast will change characters mid scene and carry on conversations with themselves! It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it before!

Performances and Showtimes 

Much Ado About Nothing runs three weekends only, Thursday-Sunday, starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. Performances are on the Visitor Center Lawn.


Admission is FREE, but registration is required. Donations to Tennessee Stage Company and 70/30 Creatives are encouraged.


Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. No coolers, please. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed at all times. 


Keeping You and the Cast Safe During Covid-19 

  • Performances are limited to 50 audience members. Tickets will go fast!

  • Audience members will be required to wear masks at the ticket booth, beer garden, and concession stands. Once seated, patrons may remove their masks.

  • Audience members will be placed 15 feet from performance spaces.

  • Audience members will be required to distance their seating no fewer than six feet away from other patrons.

Reserve Your Tickets Today!

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