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Let’s Get Dramatic! Summer Shakespeare and More Theater in 2021-22

Check out all the shows coming to Middle Tennessee theater stages this season!

After a long extended intermission due to the pandemic, Middle Tennessee theaters are finally able to open their curtains once again and unveil plans for the upcoming 2021 – 22 performing arts season.

As summer starts to wind down, none are busier than Nashville Shakespeare Festival (NSF), who is teaming up with Kennie Playhouse Theatre (out of Antioch) to perform this year’s 33rd annual Summer Shakespeare Festival live on the outdoor stage at oneC1TY in Nashville from August 12 – September 12, and outdoors at Academy Park in Franklin from September 16 – 19. The lineup includes KPT’s production of August Wilson’s Jitney alongside NSF’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

“We are very excited to share these shows by two master playwrights and hope everybody makes plans to see both of them,” says NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks. 

Let’s Get Dramatic! Summer Shakespeare and More Theater in 2021-22
Nashville Shakespeare Festival's 2019 production of The Tempest at one C1ty in Nashville.

This will be the second year that Summer Shakespeare will be in its new location at oneC1TY, Nashville, after a 32-year run in Centennial Park. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with “INSIGHT,” free scholarly discussions featuring guest experts on August Wilson and Shakespeare. At 6 p.m. the pre-show concert begins, featuring local entertainment. At 6:45, the children participating in Elf & Fairy camp will perform, followed by the Apprentice Company, leading straight into the main performance at 7 p.m. Food trucks will be on-site and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Dogs on a leash are welcome, and while Twelfth Night is a family-friendly show, Jitney is for Mature Audiences.

OneC1TY is located just off the 28th – 31st Avenue connector and Charlotte Avenue in Nashville’s Midtown District. There’s abundant parking in a three-level garage and plenty of blanket and lawn chair space, as well as bleacher seating. The Festival is free, but donations are encouraged. Bring your own blanket or chairs or purchase reserved “Noble” seating for $40.

For more information on Summer Shakespeare Festival 2021, visit nashvilleshakes.org.

Coming to Tennessee Theaters in 2021-22

*Check back for regular updates on new shows added and season announcements.

TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
505 Deaderick St., Nashville
615-782-4040

The Band’s Visit
October 19 – 24, 2021

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
Dec. 16 – 22, 2021

Disney’s The Lion King
January 6 – 23, 2022

Mean Girls
February 8 – 13, 2022

The Prom
February 22 – 27, 2022

Dear Evan Hansen
March 2 – 6, 2022

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
March 22-27, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me
March 29 – April 3, 2022

Come From Away
April 19 – 24, 2022

Oklahoma!
May 3 – 8, 2022

May We All
June 7 – July 17, 2022

CENTER FOR THE ARTS
110 W College St., Murfreesboro
615-904-2787

Little Women: The Musical
October 22 – November 7, 2021

Elf: The Musical
December 3 – 19, 2021

Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical
January 14 – 30, 2022

Driving Miss Daisy
February 18 – 27, 2022

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A New Musical
March 11 – 27, 2022

Noises Off 
May 13 – 22, 2022

The Spongebob Musical
June 10 – 26, 2022

Avenue Q 
July 8 – 24, 2022

The Savannah Sipping Society
August 19 – 28, 2022

HENDERSONVILLE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY
260 W Main St., # 204, Hendersonville
615-826-6037

Ragtime the Musical
September 9 – 26, 2021

Scrooge in Rouge
November 26 – Dec. 12, 2021

Diary of Anne Frank
January 21 – Feb. 6, 2022

Little Women the Broadway Musical
March 24 – April 10, 2022

Legally Blonde the Musical
June 2 – 19, 2022

NASHVILLE REPERTORY THEATRE
161 Rains Ave., Nashville
615-244-4878

Ragtime
November 11 – 14, 2021

A Christmas Story
December 2 – 19, 2021

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
February 10 – 20, 2022

Mary Poppins
April 28 – May 8, 2022

NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
161 Rains Ave., Nashville
615-255-2273

Jitney (mature audiences)
oneCITY Nashville: August 12 – 22
Academy Park, Franklin: Sept. 16 – 17

Twelfth Night
oneCITY: Aug. 26 – Sept. 12
Academy Park, Franklin: Sept. 18-19

PULL-TIGHT PLAYERS
112 2nd Ave. S., Franklin
615-791-5007

The Real Inspector Hound
September 10 – 25, 2021

The Curious Savage
December 3 – 18, 2021

Crimes of the Heart
February 4 – 19, 2022

Madame Buttermilk
April 1 – 16, 2022

The Elephant Man
May 27 – June 11, 2022

SPRINGHOUSE THEATRE COMPANY
14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna
615-852-8499

The Music Man
September 10 – 11; 17 – 18 & 24 – 26, 2021

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 3 – 5 & 10 – 11, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnest
February 12 -1 3, 18 -1 9 & 25 – 27, 2022

Anne of Green Gables
April 15 -1 6, 22 – 23, 29 – 30, & May 1, 2022

STUDIO TENN THEATRE COMPANY
408 Church St, Franklin
615-541-8200

Elvis My Way
August 6 – 8, 2021

 

*Hasn't announced full seasons at this time: Nashville Children's Theatre, The Theater Bug, Bravo Creative Arts Center

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.