About Us

It all started on May 16, 1984. As You Like It opened for a one week run at Manuel's Tavern on North Highland Avenue and a dream was born. Ultimately attracting national attention with articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and coverage by CBS and CNN news programs, this modest production became the defining experience for what would ultimately become America's only Shakespeare Tavern®: An Original Practice Playhouse® with a ready to eat cafe-style menu available before each performance.

  • The Shakespeare Tavern® Playhouse
  • 499 Peachtree St NE
  • Atlanta GA 30308
  • 404-874-5299
Need help with directions and parking? Tavern actors and staff in front of The Shakespeare Tavern®


From North of Atlanta

  1. Take 75/85 South to exit 249-D, this is the GA Tech/North Ave exit.
  2. Turn left at the light onto North Ave.
  3. Go 3 street lights up to Peachtree St, turn right onto Peachtree St
  4. Go 2 blocks south and the Shakespeare Tavern® is on your left.

From south of Atlanta or from I-20

  1. Take 75/85 North to exit 249-B, this is the Peachtree St/Pine St exit.
  2. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Peachtree St
  3. The Shakespeare Tavern® will be immediately on your right.


  1. Take the train to Civic Center station
  2. s you exit the station go 1/2 block north to the first cross street, Pine St.
  3. Turn right onto Pine and walk 1/2 block east to Peachtree St.
  4. Cross Peachtree and continue north (to the left). The Shakespeare Tavern® is about 5 door north on the right hand side of the street.

General Public Parking

  • We recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck, located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern® on Peachtree Street. Parking should be about $5.
  • DO NOT park on Pine Street or in the empty parking lots on Pine Street. Your car might be booted if you park in these lots.
  • Our handicapped parking/handicapped entrance is at the back of our theater, off of Renaissance Parkway. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic bumps. It is a tricky turn, so drive slowly. Handicapped parking is in front of the ramp behind our building.

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is a bright and talented group of professionals who interpret, direct, produce and perform the works of William Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Tavern® Playhouse

The home of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Tavern® Playhouse has an enchanting history and a prime location in downtown Atlanta. Park once and we'll do the rest! We are a professional theatre with ready to eat cafe-style food and drinks available before each performance (and don't forget the apple crisp at intermission!)