WHAT: Knoxville Shakespeare at Ijams

WHEN: July 20th – August 13th

SHOWTIMES: Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30 pm

WHERE: Ijams Nature Center

DETAILS: Join us for Knoxville Shakespeare at Ijams as we return to our two show format: alternating nightly performances, between The Taming of the Shrew and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged].

Tickets are on sale on Ijams’ website.
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Matinee performances

Our Sunday matinee performances (and the following Sunday Evening Performances) are our only guaranteed indoor performances. We perform inside the Ijams’ Visitor Center. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

      • The Taming of the Shrew on July 30th at 2 pm.

      • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] on August 6th at 2 pm

    What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.


    It’s 1989, and 4 performers just bombed.

    Where it all started…

    Sitting around a sandwich shop, in High Point, North Carolina, four East Tennessee actors are bemoaning their auditions. As it sometimes happens, they each walked out of their shot a season’s worth of work, saying the same thing: “Well, that went badly.” So someone came up with a brilliant idea– let’s start our own thing.
    And that is how Tennessee Stage Company was born.

    East Tennessee Shakespeare in the Park’s inaugual season in 1990 began with Taming of the Shrew in the World’s Fair Park Ampitheater. The next step, was 2003’s production of As You Like It, at the then unfinished Market Square. When we started “Shakespeare on the Square”, we set out to continue to bring Shakespeare to the city of Knoxville in an a way we hadn’t seen before. For Seventeen years, thousands of patrons flocked to our home on Market Square. We experimented with other outdoor theatre spaces when the pandemic hit by using Ijams Nature Center. As we grow, we want to expand the possibilities beyond the Square. We hope you share our excitement for the future and fondly remember our past. Thank you for being here.

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