KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 28th summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring the comedies “Cymbeline” 7 p.m. July 12-Aug. 12 on Market Square, 2 p.m. July 22 at Scruffy City Hall and 6:30 p.m. July 30 at Blount County Public Library; and “Henry the IV, Part One” 7 p.m. July 12-Aug. 12 on Market Square; and 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Scruffy City Hall. Admission is free on Market Square.
Cymbeline opens the festival on Thursday, July 12, at Market Square. It continues through Aug. 12, alternating performances with Henry the IV, Part One which runs July 12 - Aug. 12.
Admission is free to the Market Square and Blount County Public Library performances. The indoor matinees at the Scruffy City Hall are $15. A donation basket is passed at Market Square with a $ 10.00 suggested donation. Special VIP seating is available on the Square for $ 15.00.
7 p.m. July 12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28, Aug. 3, 5, 9, 11 outdoors on Market Square
Shakespeare’s version of a romantic fairy tale (and a fractured one at that) complete with a wicked step-mother, mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, beheadings, outlaws in the mountains living in caves, an invasion by the Roman legions…it’s hard to find something that isn’t in this play!
HENRY IV, Part One
7 p.m. July 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29, Aug. 2, 4, 10, 12 on Market Square
It’s the play that brings one of Shakespeare’s most beloved character, the knight Falstaff, to center stage. With the Crown Prince of England in tow, Falstaff makes a wreck of the English countryside, robbing, drinking, boasting and creating mayhem wherever he goes. All is well until the ongoing turmoil over who is the rightful king breaks into open warfare: Falstaff must prove himself a fighter or a coward and the young Prince Hal must also prove his worth at last.
Shakespeare on the Square productions are performed on a replica of the new Globe Theatre in London (a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original theater). The plays are presented in Elizabethan theatrical presentations.
The Tennessee Stage Company encourages audiences to spend an evening on the Square: do a little shopping, have a nice dinner, see the play and maybe stop by a pub afterward. All of this and more is available on Market Square nightly. So, come early and see the Square!
For more information, call 865-546-4280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare on the Square is made possible by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the CBID, the Haslam Family Foundation, the City of Knoxville and Knox County.