Summer Shakespeare Preview: Much Ado About Nothing

While this year’s Summer Shakespeare technically carries into fall (August 31-October 1), I don’t think it could be timed better. With the hot humidity tapering into warm comfort, we’ll be able to enjoy Shakespeare outside with better weather than ever; bringing layers or a blanket for after dark will be so much cozier than sweating the entire time. And, besides the regular variety of food trucks, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing (a local favorite) has an exclusive release of an amber ale that will only be available during the production: Shake’s Beer. 

The play itself, Much Ado About Nothing, is a comedy about miscommunication: some enemies become lovers and some lovers become enemies, resulting in ridiculous chaos. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, this production is set in 1970’s Nashville. 

As always, there are events before the show: lectures, concerts, and of course, the food trucks. Decide before you go if you want to bring a picnic blanket, a lawn chair, or sit on metal bleachers. If you want to sponsor the show more than the $10 suggested donation, there are VIP packages which provide reserved seating in prime view of the stage. Wherever you sit, don’t worry; both venues have adequate parking and bathrooms available for the public.

The play will be performed at The Yard at ONEC1TY in Nashville, August 31-September 24, and Academy Park in Franklin, September 28-October 1. For more information, go to Summer Shakespeare 2023

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