The Winter’s Tale and Antony & Cleopatra to be performed in Franklin September 28 – October 1

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will return to Williamson County for its second annual Shakespeare in Academy Park, which will run from September 28 – October 1 and feature both The Winter’s Tale and Antony & Cleopatra at the former campus of Battle Ground Academy. The Festival hosted its inaugural year in 2016 and began a new tradition for the Williamson County community.

The Winter’s Tale is a fanciful story set in a fairy tale world and directed by NSF’s Artistic Associate, Santiago Sosa. The setting is inspired by the diverse South American Cultures during the Gran Columbia era. Antony & Cleopatra is a taut thriller about new love in later years and a cautionary tale of political brinksmanship where the powerful play games that result in war and ruin. The performance is directed by David Ian Lee, a director, playwright, theatre maker and actor who has directed local, regional and national productions, such as In the Continuum at Fisk University and The Latchkey Pool at Small Pond Entertainment in New York.

General admission to Williamson County Shakespeare in the Park is open to the public, with a $10 per person donation suggested. The Royal Package is available at $75 for those seeking the ultimate VIP experience. This package is the festival’s signature fundraiser and includes reserved parking, prime seating, a gourmet boxed picnic dinner by Bacon & Caviar catering, a personal welcome from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and a commemorative gift. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured performance at 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Food trucks and bleacher seating will also be available.

Williamson County’s Shakespeare in the Park is supported in part by Williamson County Parks & Recreation, Jackson National Life Insurance Co., Frothy Monkey Franklin and the generosity of individual donors. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is made possible by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and The Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information and to purchase the Royal Package visit, email or call 615-255-2273.

About The Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Founded in 1988, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival educates and entertains the Mid-South community through high-quality Shakespearean experiences. The company is one of the region’s leading professional theatres and since its inception, more than 500,000 Tennesseans have experienced the arts through one of their programs, which include Shakespeare in the Park, Winter Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Action and other educational initiatives. For more information or to attend a show, visit or call 615-255-2273.