Summer Shakespeare FAQ

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Welcome to Summer Shakespeare at oneC1TY!

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 5:45pm, vendors open and Talking Shakespeare begins. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:00pm. The performance begins at 7:00pm. 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 bleacher seating is available in the rear.

Where do I park?

There is a parking garage available at 8 oneC1TY BLVD, directly underneath the main building that’s next to The Yard. This garage is easily accessible with an elevator up to the ground level. There are also outdoor lots and street parking available. Royal Package guests will have reserved parking in the garage. You can also use our discounted Lyft codes to get you there. Click Here for Discounted Lyft Codes!

What should I bring?

Summer Shakespeare is a lovely way for family and friends to enjoy each other. Bleacher seating is set-up up for guests, 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 either at the established on-site restaurants or at the food trucks. Adult beverages are available from Pastaria on-site (no outside alcohol allowed)! Be sure to bring money for food, and your $10 per person suggested donation (please). All vendors and the Festival accept credit cards.

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 bleachers 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.

Can I pay to reserve seats?

Yes! There are two reserved seating options: the Royal Package (see below) and Noble Seating. For $30, we’ll reserve you a comfortable lawn chair just behind the blanket area and our Royal Package patrons. You can bring your own food or buy from the restaurants and food trucks. Click For Royal Package & Noble Seating.

How much does it cost to see the show?

Thanks to the generous support of our corporate sponsors, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Williamson County Parks and Rec, and 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 30 years! In order to produce Summer Shakespeare, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival must raise over $250,000 annually to support Summer Shakespeare, 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 Package?

A "Royal Package" is a complete night out at the theatre. Patrons will enjoy prime, reserved parking in the oneC1TY parking garage, VIP check-in, a delicious dinner prepared by Pastaria on the beautiful 2nd floor balcony overlooking The Yard, and premium reserved seating in comfortable chairs just behind the blanket area in front of the stage. $75.00 per person, or choose the “wine option” for $95.00 per person. 36 Royal Packages are available per night. All proceeds from the Royal Package support our Educational Outreach and Programming. Click For Royal Package & Noble Seating.

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.