Nashville Shakespeare Festival

    MISSION


    The mission of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences. The Festival employs Nashville’s most talented theatre artists to create unique and relevant productions and programs that stimulate the minds and enrich the lives of students and adults throughout Middle Tennessee.

    Since 1988, The Festival has produced its Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park every summer in Centennial Park. Since 1992, The Festival has offered year-round outreach to schools and the community through in-classroom workshops, performances for students and experiences for young actors. Since 2008, The Festival has performed its Annual Winter Shakespeare Production at the Troutt Theater, offering both public performances and student matinees. In 2018, Winter Shakespeare will also be offered for one week in Murfreesboro at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre.

    Venue Details
    Hours
    • Weekdays
      09:00 - 22:30
    • Saturday
      09:00 - 23:59
    • Sunday
      Closed
    Events of the Venue
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    Eight directors will stage lively "Upright" readings of the Bard's plays at locations in and around Nashville. The title of the play will be kept secret until the play begins, but each will be a rare opportunity to hear one of Shakespeare's great and lesser-known plays. This month's play is directed by Leah Lowe, Theatre Department Chair & Associate Professor of Directing & Dramaturgy at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Lowe earned her PhD from Florida State University, her MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota, and her BA from Oberlin College. Since coming to Vanderbilt in 2011, she has directed Carlo Gozzi’s "The Green Bird" and "Dead Man’s Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl. Her artistic interests include acting, directing, and devised performance. Her scholarly interests include popular American theatre of the nineteenth century, theories of comedy, and gender performance in theatre and drama. Her work has been published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, and Theatre Symposium.
    June 22, 2019
    2:00 pm
    Eight directors will stage lively "Upright" readings of the Bard's plays at locations in and around Nashville. The title of the play will be kept secret until the play begins, but each will be a rare opportunity to hear one of Shakespeare's great and lesser-known plays. This month's play is directed by Tessa Bryant. Tessa studied theatre & directing at Lipscomb University and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University.
    July 27, 2019
    2:00 pm
    Eight directors will stage lively "Upright" readings of the Bard's plays at locations in and around Nashville. The title of the play will be kept secret until the play begins, but each will be a rare opportunity to hear one of Shakespeare's great and lesser-known plays.
    August 15, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 16, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 17, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 18, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 22, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 23, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 24, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 25, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org
    August 29, 2019
    6:00 pm
    FREE General Admission ($10 Suggested Donation per Person).
    $75 Royal Package includes reserved seating, reserved parking, and a seated dinner on the Terrace catered by Pastaria. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.
    $30 Noble Seating includes reserved seat only.
    Food & beverages available on site, or bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages available at the Pastaria bar benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. No outside alcohol permitted.
    6:00pm
    Food trucks open.
    “Talking Shakespeare" featuring Shakspeare scholars from local universities.
    Pre-show entertainment featuring Nashville musicians and entertainers.
    7:00pm
    Curtain
    View our Season Calendar for nightly vendors, speakers, and pre-show entertainment.
    For more info, visit www.nashvilleshakes.org