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The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 32nd Shakespeare Festival, now renamed “Knoxville Shakespeare.” The summer season features Shakespeare’s renowned comedy, As You Like It, which runs July 21-Aug. 7, and is being produced in cooperation with Ijams Nature Center – the new permanent home for Knoxville Shakespeare!

This season, there's a different format:  There will be one play in July and one in October. As You Like It opens the festival on Thursday, July 21. The next show, Measure For Measure, will open with a special Saturday opening night on Oct. 8. 


Another new aspect of the performances this season is special preview performances. On Wednesday, July 20, As You Like It will offer a preview show open to the public as a “Pay What You Can” performance. The preview will start at the regular performance time.

About the Play

As You Like it

In addition to being one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most beloved comedies, As You Like It is his nod to the Robin Hood legends. An outlawed Duke lives with his fellows in the Forest of Arden; a banished younger son (Orlando) joins him, fleeing his murderous older brother. Soon Rosalind – already deeply in love with Orlando – disguises herself as a man and flees to the forest to seek her true love. Set in an enchanting forest, with some of Shakespeare’s funniest clowns, sweetest songs, and an Elizabethan version of the World Wrestling Federation, As You Like It is marvelous entertainment for the entire family.

Performances and Showtimes

As you Like it runs July 21-Aug. 7, Thursday-Sunday, starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. The matinee on July 31 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, 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 community@tennesseestage.com.

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 tennesseestage@comcast.net.

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As You Like it

Measure for Measure