5 Things about Shakespeare OFF the Square


1. The 30th season of Shakespeare on the Square was cancelled.

The good news? Tennessee Stage Company, Ijams Nature Center, 70/30 Creatives, and the Knox County Health Department put their heads together to present Shakespeare OFF the Square. Much Ado About Nothing is being performed at Ijams. Enjoy the play on the Visitor Center lawn while maintaining safe physical distancing.

2. What’s it about?

If you can’t remember the plot from high school, here it is: Count Claudio falls in love with Hero and proposes. Hero’s cousin, Beatrice (a confirmed spinster), and Benedict (an eternal bachelor) are duped into believing the other is in love with them. Claudio is deceived. Hero is wrongfully accused. Will love prevail?

3. How they’re keeping us safe.

Audience members will be required to wear masks at the ticket booth, beer garden, and concession stands. Once seated, patrons may remove their masks.

Audience members will be placed 15 feet from performance spaces.

Audience members will be required to distance their seating no fewer than six feet away from other patrons.

4. More details about the show.

Much Ado About Nothing runs Thursday-Sunday, starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. Performances are on the Visitor Center Lawn. Admission is free but registration is required. Donations to Tennessee Stage Company and 70/30 Creatives are encouraged. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. No coolers, please. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed at all times. 

5. Tickets are going fast!

Performances are limited to 50 audience members, and shows wrap up on Aug. 23. Order your free tickets here.

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