Shakespeare on the Square

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Shakespeare on the Square annually features two of the magnificent plays of Williams Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies and histories, rotated nightly outdoors on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. From mid-July to mid-August a blanket or a camp chair is all you need to view these performances. Or treat yourself to reserved VIP seating for just $15 per person, including a complimentary bottle of water and local merchant goodie bag. While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we’ll pass a basket nightly and suggest a $10 donation per person. We also accept cash or credit cards at the “front of house” table.

2016 Schedule

July 14 – August 14, Thursday to Sunday, 7:00 PM nightly

The Merry Wives of Windsor

July 14, 16, 22, 24, 28, 30 & Aug. 5, 7, 11, 13

Featuring one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most unique characters, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff, this play was purportedly written at the command of Queen Elizabeth who demanded that Shakespeare write a play showing “Falstaff in love!” In what may be the original situational comedy, Falstaff attempts to court two women at the same time behind their husbands backs, but the fat knight is no match for our fiery heroines who give him his comeuppance.

Special performance in Maryville: July 25 at 6:30pm in the Blount County Library.

“Let us everyone go home, and laugh this sport o’re by a country fire.”

King Lear

July 15, 17, 21, 23, 29, 31 & Aug. 4, 6, 12, 14

King Lear of Britain, aging and weary from his years of rule decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters and lay down the burden of governing. But when his youngest daughter, Cordelia, does not show the obsequiousness he seeks, he grows furious and turns his back on her, dividing her portion between his two older daughters, Regan and Goneril. He slowly realizes – all too late – that love is found in actions, not in words.

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.”

Indoor Matinee Performances

This year our indoor matinees will take place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Both shows begin at 2:00 p.m. and admission is $15.00 at the door.
July 24: The Merry Wives of Windsor

July 31: King Lear
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