Shakespeare on the Square

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2015 Schedule

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 lawn chair is all you need to view these performances. Or treat yourself to reserved VIP seating with a complimentary bottle of water for just $15 per person. While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we’ll pass a basket nightly and we suggest a $10 donation per person. We also accept cash or credit cards at the “front of house” table. While you’re there, you can purchase one of our famous tie-dye T-shirts!

The Taming of the Shrew

July 16, 18, 24, 26, 30  &  August 1, 7, 9, 13, 15

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Renowned as Shakespeare’s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca’s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine – against her will – and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare’s most enjoyable works.

Special performance in Maryville: July 27 at 6:30pm in the Blount County Library.

“My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break.”

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square



July 17, 19, 23, 25, 31  &  August 2, 6, 8, 14, 16

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.

“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”

7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square


 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.

8/2/15 – The Taming of the Shrew

8/9/15 – Macbeth