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Shakespeare on the Square

Shakespeare on the Square features two of the magnificent plays of Williams Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies, and histories, rotated nightly with no admission charge outdoors on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. From mid-July to mid-August, an old blanket or a lawn chair is all you need to view these free performances. Enjoy an evening on Market Square where the restaurants and shops offer a wide variety of options to complement the plays.

While we perform with no admission charge, we do appreciate your donations. We’ll pass a basket nightly and we offer a suggestion of a $5.00 donation. Please help up keep Shakespeare on the Square going.

As You Like It

July 12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28 & Aug. 3, 5, 9, 11
7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

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, who is in love with Orlando, disguises herself as a man and flees to the forest as well 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 a marvelous entertainment for the entire family. “All the world’s a stage…”

Julius Caesar

July 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29 & Aug. 2, 4, 10, 12
7:00 pm nightly outdoors on Market Square

Shakespeare’s great political tragedy about power, assassination, and civil war is as current as the headlines from the Middle East. To save Caesar from himself, and to save Rome from Caesar, a group of politicians and leading citizens plot to assassinate him – some from the most altruistic of motives, some from the most base. In the vacuum that follows the assassination, a civil war breaks out with different factions warring to end up in control of the vast Roman Empire. “Friends, Romans, countrymen. Lend me your ears!”

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