From mid-July to mid-August 2016, bring a blanket or chair to Market Square in downtown Knoxville and enjoy Shakespeare on the Square. This year will feature The Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear.
The Merry Wives of Windsor:
July 14, 16, 22, 24, 28, 30
August 5, 7, 11, 13
Featuring one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most unique characters, the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff, this play was purportedly written at the command of Queen Elizabeth who demanded that Shakespeare write a play showing “Falstaff in love!” In what may be the original situational comedy, Falstaff attempts to court two women at the same time behind their husbands backs, but the fat knight is no match for our fiery heroines who give him his comeuppance.
July 15, 17, 21, 23, 29, 31
August 4, 6, 12, 14
King Lear of Britain, aging and weary from his years of rule decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters and lay down the burden of governing. But when his youngest daughter, Cordelia, does not show the obsequiousness he seeks, he grows furious and turns his back on her, dividing her portion between his two older daughters, Regan and Goneril. He slowly realizes – all too late – that love is found in actions, not in words.
Performances begin each night at 7pm and are free. To continue this great tradition, a $10 per person donation is suggested with cash or credit cards accepted each night.
Indoor matinees are also available for a small fee. This year indoor matinees will take place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Both shows begin at 2:00 p.m. and admission is $15.00 at the door.
July 24: The Merry Wives of Windsor
July 31: King Lear
For more information, contact: (865) 546-4280.