Shakespeare in the Park FAQ

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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? 

At 6:00pm, vendors open and Talking Shakespeare begins. 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 are parking spaces 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. Parking is also available at Centennial Sportsplex across 25th Avenue on weekends. Royal Package guests and cars with TN Arts Specialty Plates can park in the restricted loop adjacent to the Bandshell. You can also order a Lyft ride at a discount!

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 per person suggested donation (please).

Where should I set-up 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 corporate sponsors, the Tennessee and Metro Arts Commissions, the NEA, other members of the community, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival has presented its Shakespeare in the Park productions at no charge to the public for over 25 years! In order to produce Shakespeare in the Park, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival must raise over $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 is the Royal Box / Royal Seating?

The "Royal Box" is a reserved area with private covered seating and comfortable chairs. Price of ticket includes catered dinner & dessert. $75.00 per person. 22 Royal Box seats are available per night.

"Royal Seating" is premium reserved seating in comfortable chairs in the general seating area. Price of ticket includes catered dinner & dessert. $75.00 per person. 24 Royal Seats are available per night.

All proceeds from the Royal Box and Noble Seating support our Educational Outreach and Programming. More information can be found here.

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. Advance notice of your needs will help us to assist you. Please contact Robert Marigza. On-site, please see the House Manager for help with these or other special needs you may have.