Buy Tickets From the 2020-2021 Season: Complete Works! Two Gents! Macbeth!  Details here! Playing September 16, 2021 to November 28, 2021

Rotating Shows This Fall

Food and drinks available before every performance including previews!

Every Sunday Performance In November is at 2:30pm.

Welcome to what we are calling The Shakespeare Binge Fest!

A three month-long celebration of Shakespeare for every level of fan from newbie to nerd, catering to all your cravings.

We've got something for everybody:

Funny, modern, lightsabers (probably): Complete Works
Love Triangles, disguises, and a dog: Two Gents
Murder, Ghosts, Spoopy Halloween 10/10: Macbeth
Simply missed the Tavern last year and want an excuse to hang out with us a lot? We're giving you three fun reasons to stop by often.

One thing is for sure: we'll be slingin' Shakespeare, Shepherd's Pie and pun-heavy drink specials your way...and maybe even sprinkle in some special comedy & cabaret nights and other Shakespeare plays!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield (and William Shakespeare)

$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Sept 16, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Sept 17, 2021
Performances September 18-26
October 3, 9, 14, 15
& November 5, 14, 18, 20

Directed by Dani Herd

An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard's plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, all the Histories are performed by Superheroes, and we go NUTS with Hamlet. All of this performed by THREE ACTORS. It took ASC, with hundreds of actors, 26 years to complete Shakespeare's works the first time (this last time through, it only took us 8!) These three nerds will do 'em all in an evening. Show offs.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Sept 30, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Oct 1, 2021
Performances October 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 16, 17
& November 4, 7, 13, 19, 28

Directed by Andrew Houchins

What’s the worst thing that can happen when one guy innocently introduces his best friend to his fiancée? No need for the relationship_advice subReddit, Shakespeare will clear things up, but not before he creates an absolutely hilarious mess for these young lovers. Oh, and their little dog, too!

$15 Gen Admission Preview Thurs Oct 21, 2021
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday Oct 22, 2021
Performances October 23 - 31
& November 6, 12, 21

Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston

One fateful evening, three weird sisters greet Macbeth and Banquo with visions of what could be. Is it the witches and their magical prophecies or is it Macbeth and his wife's all too human desire for power that set in motion some of the most blood curdling, murderous, and tragic events that Scotland has ever witnessed?

All Sunday performances in November are at 2:30pm only.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


First thing to note is we open happily and with the awareness that things can change. We will continue to adapt and update our protocols and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic to keep everyone safe. We’re looking at you, Delta Variant.  Please check here often for the latest information.

Update: SHOCKER! City of Atlanta has issued a mask mandate for all indoor facilities (as of July 29, 2021). Until this is lifted, unless you are eating or drinking inside The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, masks must be worn at all times.

While in Georgia, the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse may not have to legally require that all audiences be vaccinated....but we think it’s a good idea if they are. In fact we would love it if you were. If you are not vaccinated, stay home and stay safe! These plays are 450 years old and you will most assuredly have another chance to see them at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse!

Our staff, actors, crew and volunteers will be fully vaccinated.

We will not require patrons to wear masks unless a mask mandate is put back into place (SEE ABOVE). If you’re wearing a Tavern mask, maybe we will clap or do something special. If you are unable to wear a mask for the duration of your time in our building, please hold off on attending until the mandate is lifted.

Seating in each section will be limited to 40 seats each performance.

Our bar and kitchen will be open with the same offerings as pre-pandemic. QR codes will be available for our menus.

We prefer credit cards for all payments. Please avoid using cash if possible. Don’t even think about bitcoin. Save it for your trip to space.

Hand sanitizer will be available at various stations in the building.

We have installed a REME HALO ultra-violet air filtering system. mmm...breathe in that clean clean particle-free air y’all! Btw...if you’re sick, stay home and get well!

Since our performers have to be vaccinated to be on our stage, they won’t be wearing masks!

The front row will now be 10ft from the front of the stage. If you intend to go Elizabethan and throw tomatoes at the stage, you’ll have to up your game, bro.

* Any person entering the premises waives all civil liability against this premises owner and operator for any injuries caused by the inherent risk associated with contracting COVID-19 (including any variants) at public gatherings, except for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm, by the individual or entity of the premises.

PS. We love you and missed you.

please don’t throw tomatoes at the actors. we need them for the soup.

Read the Plot Synopsis

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Synopsis

Valentine, seeking to be “tutor’d in the world,” goes with his servant Speed from Verona to Milan, saying goodbye to his friend Proteus. Presently, Proteus, enamored of Julia (as she is of him), is also ordered by his father to leave for Milan. There Valentine falls in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia; when Proteus arrives they tell him that because the Duke prefers a wealthier suitor, Thurio, they propose to elope.

Proteus, himself infatuated with Silvia, informs the Duke, who finds a rope ladder under Valentine’s cloak and banishes him. He becomes leader of a highly selective band of outlaws. Julia, who has followed Proteus disguised as a boy, hears Thurio’s musicians serenading Silvia with “Who is Silvia? What is she,/That all our swains commend her?” Proteus is listening and after Thurio has gone, he proclaims his love, which Silvia scorns, asking Sir Eglamour to conduct her to Valentine. Proteus, taking the disguised Julia (“Sebastian”) as his page, sends a message to Silvia who again rejects him.

The Duke pursues his escaping daughter and is captured by outlaws while she is rescued by Proteus. The watching Valentine attacks his treachery, then for a moment becomes all too magnanimous by giving up Silvia to him. Julia/Sebastian, swooning, reveals herself, the outlaws bring in the Duke who pardons them, and there is a correct pairing-off.

Macbeth Synopsis

Upon a “blasted heath” near Forres, three Witches, Weird Sisters, meeting the King of Scotland’s generals, Macbeth and Banquo, hail Macbeth in a triple prophecy, ending with the promise of kingship. Banquo is told that he “shall get kings, though thou be none”. After King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor (as the Witches promised), Macbeth knows that he and his unflinching wife are ambitious for the greater honour. She drives him onward; and that night he murders the sleeping King, their guest at the castle of Dunsinane. At dawn (Act II) Macduff and Lennox discover the murder, assumed to be by the King’s sons, Donalbain and Malcolm, who fly for safety. Macbeth goes to Forres to be crowned. Remembering the Witches’ prophecies, he has Banquo killed (Act III), but Banquo’s son Fleance escapes; that night Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a state banquet.

Macbeth goes (Act IV) to the Witches’ “pit of Acheron”, where he hears that he must beware Macduff, that he is to fear no man born of woman, and that he will remain unvanquished until Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane. Macduff, meanwhile, has joined Malcolm in England, where he hears that in Fife the tyrant has had his family murdered. Revenge will follow. At Dunsinane (Act V) Lady Macbeth, burdened by guilt, reveals much during her sleepwalking (“Infected minds,” says the doctor, “to their deep pillows will discharge their secrets”). Malcolm’s invading army advances under the shelter of branches from Birnam Wood; Macbeth, who has just learned of his wife’s suicide (“She should have died hereafter”), hears that Birnam Wood is indeed coming towards Dunsinane. Trusting desperately to the charmed life that “must not yield to one of woman born”, he faces in battle Macduff, who cries to him: “Let the angel whom thou still hast serv’d/Tell thee Macduff was from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripp’d”./ Macbeth is slain and Malcolm hailed as King of Scotland.

-From The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J.C. Trewin

Show Information


Complete Works
Act One - 60 minutes
15 minute intermission
Act Two - 45 min.

Show Roles

The Shakespeare Binge Fest
September - November 2021

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Directed by Dani Herd

Kirstin Calvert
Jasmine Renee Ellis
Mary Ruth Ralston

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Directed by Andrew Houchins


Directed by Mary Ruth Ralston


Show Times
In general, shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm.

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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