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About Knoxville Shakespeare

The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 33rd Shakespeare Festival, now renamed Knoxville Shakespeare, in cooperation with Ijams Nature Center, where there is room for the audience to spread out and observe proper social distancing while being able to enjoy the outdoor performances. This season's comedies include Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the outrageously funny The Complete Works of William Shakespeare *Abridged


Most performances will be held on the lawn in front of the Ijams Visitor Center, located at 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920, just a short drive from downtown. The Ijams Visitor Center will serve as a rain space as well as the place where matinees will be performed.


Matinee and evening performances on July 30 and Aug. 6 will be indoors for both performances.

Reservations and in-person tickets are $15; a four-pack for families offers a 15% discount. Tickets are on sale now at the links below. Each Thursday evening performance is a Pay-What-You-Can event.

The Taming of the Shrew

Suitors are lined up to court the young and beautiful Bianca – daughter of Baptista Minola of Padua. However, Baptista is determined that her older sister, Katherina, known as “Kate the Cursed” for her wild temper, must be married first. No man is Padua is willing to court the willful Katherina, until Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona in search of a suitable wife, arrives and sets out to woo her with a vengeance – and does. In this, the original comedic battle of the sexes, beauty and brawn vie for love in a true war of wills, wits, and words: "Come on and kiss me, Kate!”

Matinee Performance

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare *Abridged

This fantastically funny play features all of William Shakespeare's classics performed in comically shortened or merged form by only three actors. Three actors. Thirty-six plays. Ninety minutes. This play is rated PG-13 due to some of the language and subject matters covered.

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

Knoxville Shakespeare would not be possible without the support of the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, and Ijams Nature Center.

This project is being supported in part, by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Matinee Performance

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