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Volume 26, Number 7 — July 2018

Arts Calendar

Shakespeare on the Square in Knoxville
The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 28th summer Shakespeare Festival.
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Shakespeare on the Square in Knoxville

Date(s):  July 12 - August 12, 2018
Location:  Knoxville,

KNOXVILLE, TN — The Tennessee Stage Company presents its 28th summer Shakespeare Festival, featuring the comedies “Henry the IV, Part One” and “Cymbeline.”

“Cymbeline” opens the festival Thursday, July 12, at Market Square. It continues through Aug. 12, alternating performances with “Henry the IV, Part One,” which runs July 12 through 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 suggested donation. Special VIP seating is available on the Square for $15.

CYMBELINE

July 12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28, Aug. 3, 5, 9, 11

7 p.m. nightly outdoors on Market Square

Shakespeare’s version of a romantic fairy tale 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. “Golden lads and girls all must/As chimney sweepers, come to dust.”

HENRY IV, Part One

July 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29, Aug. 2, 4, 10, 12

7 p.m. nightly outdoors on Market Square

The play that brings to the forefront what is perhaps Shakespeare’s most beloved character — the fat knight Falstaff. 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: “The better part of valor is discretion.”

Shakespeare on the Square productions are performed on a rough replica of the new Globe Theatre in London (a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original theater). The plays are presented in the timeless style of 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 (as Falstaff would have wanted). All of this and more are available on Market Square nightly. So, come early and see the Square!

For more information about the Tennessee Stage Company, Shakespeare On The Square, or its support guild, Buddies of the Bard, call 865-546-4280 or e-mail tennesseestage@comcast.net.




Shakespeare on the Square productions are performed on a rough replica of the new Globe Theatre in London (a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original theater).


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