Our Past Productions

400: The Shakespeare Feast

at The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club
650 S. Shady Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Herstein by the Miriam and Ernest Kelly Charitable Fund
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James Joseph Casserly by Pat and Ernest Kelly

Host Members: Margaret and Owen Tabor

Join us for dinner, drinks, and Shakespeare from page to stage as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.   Six brief play readings preceded by a special buffet dinner/brunch at the historic and elegant Memphis Hunt & Polo Club.  Some of your favorite TSC actors return to the Club stage to act the plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio.  The cash bar will be open.  Your inclusive ticket (except for bar) is $57.  Attire: business casual/cocktail.


Love's Labor's LostLove’s Labor’s Lost

directed by Dan McCleary
Thursday, October 22
6:00-9:00 pm with dinner buffet

“O, my little heart!”

Widely regarded as Shakespeare’s “feast of Language,” his 1598 romantic comedy combines the very best of his earlier elements in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet in following a clutch of young men who make a pact to remove women from their lives in favor of meditation and scholarship.  No sooner do the King of Navarre, Berowne, and the boys seal the deal than the Princess of France and her ladies arrive, thus immediately changing the play’s narrative forever. 

In the woods of romance, too, are several of Shakespeare’s most scholarly clowns, providing experiences of love in robust and outlandish articulation – Professor Holofernes, Costard the clown, and Don Adriano de Armado the Spanish Knight Errant.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Launches Eighth Season with its Southern Literary Salon:

Harper Lee’s Alabama Mystery
September 25

pic-harper-lee(Memphis, TN, September 16, 2015) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, returns its popular Southern Literary Salon to kick off its eighth performance season (Celebration 400: 1616-2016) in which it commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Author Harper Lee and her writing are the subjects of the season’s first Salon set in the beautiful Germantown home of Anne and Andy McCarroll on Friday, September 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Curated by TSC’s Stephanie Shine and titled Harper Lee’s Alabama Mystery, the Salon features Monroeville-inspired appetizers, an Southern elixir, and the consideration of Atticus Finch as he appears in the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird and now in this summer’s release of Go Set a Watchman – the much-discussed source work of Ms. Lee’s masterpiece.  In addition to her masterworks, Ms. Lee’s significant essays will be spoken.

The party starts with food and drink, social conversation of Ms. Lee’s works, and concludes with TSC’s actors reading from her published words.

Tickets are $55 and include the entire evening’s food, drinks, and readings.  Discounted tickets are available when purchasing both of TSC’s Literary Salons in the season.  On February 26, TSC presents Ernest Hemingway in Key West at Melia and Drew Murphy’s gracious Germantown home.  Sponsored by Tom’s Bar-B-Q, the evening will pull text from Hemingway’s Key-inspired works, including For Whom the Bell Tolls, Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, A Farewell to Arms, Winner Take Nothing, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. 

TSC’s Season Sponsors include Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, International Paper, Rose M. Johnston, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., Milton T. Schaeffer, Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, Tennessee Arts Commission, and The University of Memphis.

TSC’s Season Partners are Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance.

Box Office Information

General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located within The Shops at Forest Hill at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 (near Target); by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

Salon performances are general admission; first come/first seated.  Free parking.  No refunds or exchanges.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket fee.  Programs and schedules are subject to change with notice.



Welcome to TSC’s Eighth Season:

(click "Productions" above to see the show listing)

William Shakespeare was likely 52 years old when he died, on the same month and day on which he was born, April 23, 1616.  We commemorate the 400th anniversary of his passing with our eighth season-celebration of plays, readings, Salons, feasts, and extensive programming for children and teenagers in the Memphis area.
One of the mysteries of Shakespeare’s life that we embrace is his innovative development of Redemption as a theme.  He ends his playwriting career with his characters awash in it.  What prompted him to seek salvation from error or evil in his literary families and on his battlefields?  Was it strictly scholarship?  Was it personal, spiritual, or humanitarian?
At his most moving and surprising, William Shakespeare explores the power of Redemption and her attending angels: Grace, Forgiveness, and Heroism.
In each play and event this season, you can experience 52 years of the surprising man who indeed is “for all time.”  Whether s/he is his noble Caius Martius Coriolanus, the young healer Helena, thoughtful kings Henry V and Richard II, the duplicitous fat knight Falstaff, or our Salon headliners Harper Lee (a woman well ahead of her time) and Ernest Hemingway (a man racing against time), Shakespeare and our writers reveal Redemption as central to our humanity on Earth.
We celebrate the man who articulated the theme for us, and from whom we have had the language to speak its power for the past 400-plus years.
Please join us,
Dan McCleary
Founder and Producing Artistic Director



All’s Well That Ends Well

pic-alls-well-that-ends-wellthe miracle comedy by William Shakespeare
in honor of Barbara B. Apperson
directed by Dan McCleary
sponsored by Margaret & Owen Tabor; Rose M. Johnston; Virginia Apperson & Pete Williams; John & Lacy Apperson; Chip & Brooke Apperson; John and Katherine Dobbs; Independent Bank; The McClearys
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens' Winegardner Auditorium
December 10-20



“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie”

Shakespeare’s miracle play uniquely features a miraculous young girl in the vaunted Hero’s role typically assigned to the valiant young man.  Daughter to a recently-deceased and famous physician, Helena, in communication with her better stars, finds she is able to heal death, forgive man, and perhaps even redeem humanity. 

In the mystery of life, not everything will make practical sense.  Sometimes, we need a little magic, a little miracle, a little deception, a “little Helen.”  And as this is the season of Solstice, Miracle, and Light, let’s embrace the mystery. 

At 10 minutes prior to each performance, Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.

Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 10 and 17:  Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian. 

General Admission tickets are $34.  The Preview performance (only $16) is December 10 at 7:00 pm.  The opening night is December 11, and the price of your ticket includes a post-show reception with the actors.  Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and older) are $16.  Dixon members receive 20% off all performances (no other discounts may apply). 

Free parking.  Title/cast/schedule subject to change, with notice.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket processing fee.  No refunds/exchanges.

Southern Literary Salon:
Ernest Hemingway in Key West

Ernest HemingwayFriday, February 26, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy inside and outside their gracious Germantown home


Sponsored by Tom's BBQ & Deli
(4087 Getwell Road, Memphis)

The Salon is a literary party featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, music, and 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers of or in the South. 

Artist John Dos Passos told him to go there in 1928.  He didn’t plan to stay long, but when his future father-in-law purchased a home for Ernest and his new bride, he took up residence for much of the 1930s in Key West.  There, Ernest Hemingway entered a period of experimental writing that would install him as one of the most influential American voices to this day.  In his guest house overlooking his in-ground pool (the first in the Keys) he worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls, Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, A Farewell to Arms, Winner Take Nothing, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.  The southern climate also pervades his steaming To Have and Have Not and his biographical Islands in the Stream.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both (with the Harper Lee Salon), and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.