Shakespeare on the Road rolls into Nashville this weekend



All summer you have heard us talking about the “Shakespeare on the Road” team coming to Nashville from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and the time of their arrival is upon us!

The Shakespeare on the Road travelers will visit The Nashville Shakespeare Festival  this weekend, August 23-25th, 2014, as part of a 60-day, 10,000-mile road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The trip will celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

The team is gathering material for a book, podcasts and a radio program and mapping the trip on the Shakespeare on the Road website through interviews, photos and short blogs. While at NSF, they will see As You Like It (twice!), tour Nashville, and meet with various NSF partners. We’d also love to have them meet YOU, the best audience in the world! So join us this weekend as we welcome the Shakespeare on the Road team to Nashville!

All Shakespeare on the Road events are free and open to the public.


Paul Edmonson, head of research and knowledge from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Paul Prescott, associate professor at the University of Warwick, will present Nashville Shakes with a commemorative plaque to mark the visit of the Shakespeare on the Road team on Saturday, August 23rd.

Saturday, August 23

11 a.m. at the Downtown Nashville Public Library
Join us at 11 a.m. at the Downtown Nashville Public Library as we welcome Shakespeare on the Road to Nashville! Special guests Dr. Paul Edmondson from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Dr. Paul Prescott from the University of Warwick will present a free public talk entitled “Bard in the USA: A Summer on the Road with Shakespeare” about their project and their experiences. We will then host a small half hour reception so that they can meet some of the wonderful people who support us and help make us possible (i.e. YOU!).

7:00 p.m. at Shakespeare in the Park, Centennial Park
The Shakespeare on the Road team will present Nashville Shakes with a commemorative plaque to mark the visit. The plaque comes attached to a slice of wood cut from a tree from Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Sunday, August 24

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Black Box Theater (Belmont Blvd. at Compton Avenue, Belmont University)
Join us at Belmont’s Black Box Theater for a lively conversation with experts in Shakespearean theatrical production, teaching, and scholarship entitled “Shakespeare on Page and Stage: Teaching and Staging Shakespeare in the 21st Century.” This program is for all teachers, directors, actors, students, scholars, and theatergoers interested in hearing from and participating in an open discussion. Those attending will gain new insights into Shakespeare for both classroom and production as well as become a part of the growing community of Shakespeareans from all walks of life in Nashville.

We hope to see you at one of these fantastic events!

To follow the progress of Shakespeare on the Road, go to or @bardintheusa on Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about Nashville Shakes and our Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It, visit

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