Shakespeare Tavern


Shakespeare Tavern

The Shakespeare Tavern is an Authentic Elizabethan Playhouse located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The Tavern is home to the Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Chef for a Night catering, which offers food (high-quality British Pub Food) and beverages before each performance. The Tavern has been located at 499 Peachtree Street since 1990.

History of the Atlanta Shakespare Company (1984 to 1990)

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company was started on May 16, 1984 when the company performed its first production of As You Like It at Manuel's Tavern on North Highland Avenue. Over a period of six years, The Atlanta Shakespeare Company produced Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew in the back room at Manuel's, and at the nearby Excelsior Mill, attracting national attention with articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and coverage by CBS and CNN. [http://www.shakespearetavern.com/ASC_history.htm]

Opening of the Tavern (1990 to 1999)

In 1990 The Atlanta Shakespeare Company opened the Shakespeare Tavern at 499 Peachtree Street. Since the Tavern opened The Atlanta Shakespeare Company has has produced over 73 plays, presenting 1,600 plus performances including more than 30 Shakespeare titles and over 18 period classics by the likes of Aristophanes, Shaw, Aphra Behn, Jean Racine, Christopher Marlowe, Jean Anouilh, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Niccolò Machiavelli, Albert Camus, Jean Genet, Tennessee Williams, Molière, Bertolt Brecht, Jean Cocteau, and Thornton Wilder. In 1995 The Atlanta Shakespeare Company was the first American company to perform on the stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. [http://www.shakespearetavern.com/ASC_history.htm]

The New American Shakespare Tavern (1999 to present)

In 1999 The Shakespeare Tavern underwent a $1.6 million renovation and expansion, on October 15, 1999, The Atlanta Shakespeare Company opened the New American Shakespeare Tavern. Complete with a Globe-inspired balcony, the renovated Tavern created an even more active Elizabethan actor/audience dynamic. In the Spring of 2006, after completing a $500,000 renovation, The Atlanta Shakespeare Company revealed a Globe-inspired façade, further adding to the Elizabethan feel of the Tavern.

External links

[http://www.shakespearetavern.com The New American Shakespare Tavern]
* [http://www.shakespeareinamericancommunities.org/theatre/atlanta.html National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities Article]


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