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What To Expect When You Come To Shakespeare in the Park

There will be two controlled entrances into the seating area. There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to help you find the best seating and to help you with any questions. Please arrive early to avoid the lines. Please also give what you can to support the Festival as you enter and at the concession stand. Cash, check or credit card are welcome.

When should I arrive?  

Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30pm.  The performance begins at 7:30pm.  For best seating, arrive at least an hour before curtain, and bring a blanket or lawn chair. Blankets are allowed closest to the stage.  Lawn chairs are allowed behind the blanket area, and benches and bleacher seating are available in the rear.

Where do I park?

The closest parking to the Centennial Park Bandshell is on 25th Ave., but there is parking available throughout the Park, including special event parking in the center of the park and parking lots next to the Parthenon and along the main drive. In accordance with Metro Parks policy, there is no parking on the grass except in the posted “Special Event Parking” area. Parking is also available at Centennial Sportsplex across 25th Avenue.

What should I bring?

Shakespeare in the Park is a lovely way for family and friends to enjoy Centennial Park together.  Bleacher seating is set-up up for guests at the Bandshell, but many people prefer to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.  There will also be food, cold drinks, and snacks available to purchase when you arrive.  Be sure to bring a little cash for food, and your $10 suggested donation (please).

Where should I set-up my picnic when I arrive?

In order to ensure the best view for everyone in the audience, we have designated the section of grass immediately in front of the stage for people wishing to sit on blankets; the next area back is for lawn and beach chairs; and finally benches are available toward the back of the arena.  Please be mindful when picking your seat to prevent blocking the view of those sitting behind you. Food and Drink will also be available on site for purchase

How much does it cost to see the show?

Thanks to the generous support of our audience and other members of the community the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has presented its Shakespeare in the Park productions at no cover charge to the public for over 20 years!  In order to produce Shakespeare in the Park, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival must raise $250,000 in support annually, and contributions by individuals are vitally important. Therefore there is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Please GIVE WHAT YOU CAN.

What about rain? 

Summer weather in Nashville can be quite unpredictable, and a late afternoon rain can lead to a cool evening performance, so we will not cancel a show on account of rain until the last possible minute.  NSF’s stage manager will make the decision to cancel a show when she sees that the weather threatens the safety of our audience, cast, or crew. Please "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for up to the minute reports.

What if I need assistance with seating, parking or have other special needs?

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is committed to making all of its productions accessible to everyone in the community. Reserved parking and seating is available for audience members in wheelchairs; and printed scripts are available for the hard of hearing. Scripts are also available online for you to print before you arrive. Please see the House Manager for help with these or other special needs you may have.

 

 
 
 
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