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In partnership with Ijams Nature Center, the Tennessee Stage Company presents its 31st summer Shakespeare festival featuring the comedies Twelfth Night and The Tempest. Twelfth Night runs July 8-Aug. 7 and will alternate performances with The Tempest, which runs July 9-Aug. 8.

Continuing the pandemic theme of offering Shakespeare OFF the Square to allow physically distancing, this season's performances will be on the Ijams Visitor Center’s front lawn. There are limited matinee performances. Tickets are $15 and will be available soon.

About the Plays

Twelfth Night

Love triangles, practical jokes, and mistaken identities run rampant in this romantic comedy! Shipwrecked and separated, Viola and her brother, Sebastian, each think the other has drowned. Viola disguises herself as a boy, Cesario, and takes a job as Duke Orsino’s servant. The duke sends Viola to woo Countess Olivia and Olivia falls for Viola (well, Cesario), but Olivia's butler, Malvolio, loves Olivia…and then Sebastian shows up. Turns out, Viola's twin is not dead. Hilarity ensues.

 

"If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction."

 

The Tempest

Lightning strikes! Magic abounds! Betrayal and romance swirl in the storm that is The Tempest. After living in exile for 12 years, Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, has a chance at revenge when his magical storm strands his usurpers and enemies on the island. Prospero uses magical creatures to secretly control them so he can reclaim his title. Murderous plots, love at first sight, supernatural beings, and perhaps forgiveness...will everyone find safe passage home?

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

 

Performances and Showtimes

Twelfth Night and The Tempest run July 8-Aug. 8 with alternating performances, Thursday-Sunday, starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. Performances are on the Ijams Visitor Center lawn.

 

Admission is $15 for adults. 4 pack ticket packages are available for $50.

Children in Knox County and surrounding county school systems qualify for Penny4Arts program which allow for these children to come free of charge based on these guidelines:

- All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) 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. 

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

 

Keeping You and the Cast Safe During COVID-19

  • Performances are limited to 200 audience members. Tickets will go fast!

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

  • Attendees will be placed 15 feet from performance spaces.

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

 

For more information about the Tennessee Stage Company, Shakespeare On the Square, or its support guild, Buddies of the Bard (BOB), call +1865-546-4280 or e-mail tennesseestage@comcast.net.

Shakespeare OFF the Square would not be possible without the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

 

Reserve Your Tickets Today!

Twelfth Night

The Tempest