The New American Shakespeare Tavern
The New American Shakespeare Tavern® is unlike other theaters. It is a place out of time; a place of live music, hand-crafted period costumes, outrageous sword fights with the entire experience centered on the passion and poetry of the spoken word. With an authentic British Pub Menu, the New American Shakespeare Tavern® has an enchanting history and a prime location in downtown Atlanta. We are a professional theatre with food and drinks available before each performance (and don’t forget the apple crisp at intermission!)
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The New American Shakespeare Tavern
School Group Matinees & Programs
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s Education programs provide opportunities for students, educators and parents throughout Georgia and the Southeast to experience the power of Shakespeare’s language and dramatic vision through play, passion, poetry, active participation and performance using dynamic, language-based methods.
We do this through interactive, fast-paced playshops in the classroom; useful, in-depth study guides for all our school programs and performances; in-school and after-school residencies of varying lengths where the full power of Shakespeare in performance can be experienced by your entire school and summer programs that delve deep into the world of Shakespeare performance and study for students and teachers alike.
All weekday matinee shows begin at 10 AM.
Tickets are $14 each, except for our $10 preview matinee performances (listed). Availability is subject to change. Ticket sales are tax exempt if paid by school check or school credit card; otherwise 8% Fulton Co. sales tax will be added
To book group tickets to a weekday matinee, please call The Shakespeare Tavern® Box Office at 404-874-5299 x 0 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Matinee and Group tickets are NOT available for purchase online.)
If the matinees for the play you would like to see are sold out, please call or email the Box Office to book tickets for an evening show or to have your group added to the matinee waiting list. (Please note: Student groups can be accommodated most easily on Thursday and Sunday nights.)
Ticket availability reflects what has been reserved, but not necessarily what has been purchased so numbers are subject to change (even if it says Sold Out, check back from time to time to see if any tickets come available!)
Please also visit our Student Matinee Etiquette page and our Study Guide page to help your students prepare for their visit to the Tavern. Also read “Off the Page and Onto the Stage: a Student’s Guide to seeing shows at the Tavern.”
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The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Outreach and Residency Programs
From study guides to interactive in-school workshops, here’s an overview of what we can offer.
Playshops in Performance
Suggested for grades 3-12
We call them ‘Playshops’ because they feel much more like play than work! Students will gain new insights into Shakespeare’s relevance while experiencing the power of his language when they get out of their seats and on their feet, exploring Shakespeare’s text with trained teaching artists who also make up our professional acting company. Our Playshop in Performance is the #1 most requested program we offer–often in combination with student matinee attendance–and is the best way to introduce the ‘play’ behind the play.
Suggested for grades 1-5
This exciting and highly interactive event introduces the language and style of Shakespeare’s plays to your elementary school students using A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the art of storytelling. The workshop encourages creative play, cooperation and successful participation for all kids.
Playing Shakespeare Funny
Suggested for grades 10-12
Designed for older students who have had some exposure to dramatic literature or acting, this Playshop explores one of Shakespeare’s popular comedies (Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Taming of the Shrew) for all types of funny. We’ll discuss rhetoric and comedy ‘rules’ that can be followed or broken to great comedic (and dramatic) effect.
Design Your Own Shakespeare Classroom!
Nothing helps students forge personal connections to Shakespeare’s poetry quite so well as the chance to explore his words on stage. If you would like to provide your students a deeper experience with Shakespearean drama than a 1-hour Playshop might afford, we can help. Our customizable Shakespeare Performance Residency program can meet your classroom needs and budget.
What if I don’t teach Shakespeare in my class, but I’d like to incorporate the arts and get my students on their feet?
Our work isn’t just for classes studying Shakespeare or theater arts! The same top-notch teaching artists from our professional acting ensemble also offer Playshops appropriate for classes teaching poetry curriculum’s, creative writing, history, classical civilization and more.
Playshops for Non-Shakespeare Curriculum’s
Suggested for Grades 3-12
- Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Grades 3-8)
- Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with Romeo and Juliet (Grades 9-12)
- Julius Caesar: Political Intrigue in Ancient Rome.
- Exploring Fate and the Structure of Tragedy in Macbeth.
And those are just a few examples! For more information about these Playshops, contact Tony Brown at email@example.com call 404-874-5299 ext. 55.
Play On! Theater Games to Build a Classroom
Suggested for Grades 1-12
ASC is thrilled to offer this new interactive workshop specifically tailored to your students. Play On! incorporates dramatic arts within the curriculum, harnessing the power and excitement of live theatre and the idea of ‘play’ to teach your students valuable classroom skills. Written through collaborating expertise of teaching artists and classroom teachers, this workshop offers games and exercises appropriate for any age group.
Renaissance Youth Residency
The Renaissance Youth Residency is an eight-week, language-based exploration of a Shakespeare play culminating in a full production. It focuses on the after-school activities of casting, rehearsing and producing a play by William Shakespeare. Students in the project can receive training in:
- Stage combat, stagecraft, warm-up techniques
- Acting, dance and voice work, and stage movement
- Costume, makeup, lighting, and props/set design and construction
- Backstage management, publicity and program/poster design
- Dramaturgy, scholarship and research skills
Master Classes are available in:
- Stage combat
- Elizabethan dance
- Shakespeare’s text in performance
- Stage management, stage craft and design
- Sound sculpture/effects, music and additional skills
- Master classes can be opened to anyone in the school community, including parents, as well as the cast and crew of the show. The director of the production and trained Education Artists / professional ASC actors teach these classes.
Keystones of the Residency are:
- Inclusiveness and participation for everyone
- Creativity and a high level of polish in performance
- A commitment to the over-all scholarship required when producing and performing Shakespeare.
Participation in the Residency will build:
- Team work and time management skills
- A sense of commitment and passion for a greater, creative good
- Greater clarity and confidence in self-expression.
- Enhanced empathetic listening skills.
- Self-esteem and life-skills that can lead to future success in college and the greater world.
For more information or to schedule a Renaissance Youth Residency, please contact Director of Education and Training Laura Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Shakespeare on Location
Bring a Full-length production of a Shakespeare Play to Your School
In the current school year ASC has already heard from a number of schools that their field trip opportunities are being reduced or even curtailed. Never fear, Shakespeare Superheroes are here! We are beginning to specialize in offering students an unparalleled opportunity to experience all the excitement of our professional performances at their home theatre. Teachers share with us time and again that our performances are what Shakespeare is all about and we won’t let the high price of gas keep us from offering you the finest in Shakespeare performance.
Shakespeare on Location means our artists on your stage, bringing all the excitement of live performance and active learning to your students, and you don’t have to pay for the buses or worry about departure times, traffic, or who forgot to pack a lunch!
Performances may be scheduled on select Thursdays throughout the academic school year.
This is not an hour-long abridged/small cast performance but the same show you see when you bring your students to the Shakespeare Tavern®. Give us a call immediately to book your tour, as these Thursdays will go quickly.
Customize your Shakespeare on Location experience with these options:
Thursday morning performance in your 400+ seat theatre, $14 a student, with a $5,500 minimum. Add a playshop for only $4.00 per student (a 43% discount off our regular playshop rate)
This includes in-class work with all participating students. Our one-class period “playshops” are highly interactive. Up to five ASC Education Artists work with up to 50 kids at a time, dividing into smaller teams. Students work closely with an education artist in these smaller groups to unleash an exciting, immediate, and personal experience of Shakespeare’s language, which they quickly make their own in the acting process. The playshops occur up to a week before the performance and the total cost for both is $16 per student. We can even incorporate evening performances open to the entire community upon request! 375 student minimum.
In all cases the school must have an auditorium or theatre that seats at least 400, with working lighting system, and a clear, clean playing space 25 feet by 30 feet. The proscenium must be a minimum of 14 feet tall, to accommodate our tour set. Also required are two dressing rooms (or equivalent nearby classroom space), access to restrooms and running water. All we need to plan a performance or residency is your choice of dates, and a time to visit your school to confirm theatre specs. Our tour office will take care of the rest!
All of the above most easily accommodates schools located within 50 miles of downtown Atlanta. For schools beyond this radius, special planning becomes necessary. Please contact the ASC box office as soon as possible and we can begin the planning process.
The Life and Works of William Shakespeare: Lecture – Demonstration
This fast-paced demonstration brings five costumed actors from our professional company to your school to present the story of Shakespeare’s life, illustrate the beauty of his words and to throw in a little Renaissance history for good measure. We draw from such works as Hamlet, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew and even the Sonnets, to illuminate Shakespeare’s life and career using some of his most beloved poetry. Mix in music, humor and even a little swordplay, and you’ve got yourself a pretty exciting class period!
This presentation has no cumbersome set to move in or out – it’s just our actors, your students, and the story of how a brilliant man created his immortal words. While we’re there, schedule a Playshop or two on the Shakespeare play you are studying with your students!
Lecture-demonstration and in-depth question and answer session runs 55 minutes. Pricing is $5.00 per student, and a minimum of 100 students (maximum 300). Scaled travel fee additional for distances more than 50 miles from ASC.
Teacher’s Guide to Matinees
Since 1990 the Atlanta Shakespeare Company (ASC) has been bringing the best in world classics to Georgia’s teachers and students. Over this time, ASC has become known for its Original Practice productions® filled with thrilling sword fights, hand-made period costumes, live sound effects, live Renaissance music, and actors that speak directly to the audience in a specially constructed, Globe inspired Elizabethan playhouse we call the Shakespeare Tavern®. We are delighted that you and your students will be joining us this season! Please take a few moments to review our Teachers Guide to Matinees to make your next visit a smooth and memorable experiance for you and your students.
Tavern Teachers E-mail List
Join Tavern Teachers!
Email Laura@shakespearetavern.com and put Join Tavern Teachers in the subject line….
Whether ASC artists are teaching a “playshop”, facilitating a Q&A in a classroom or after a matinee, or teaching an after-school residency, Tavern Teachers are the backbone of our outreach into schools across the southeast. We absolutely could not do what it takes without you!
In fact, if you would like to be an official “Tavern Teacher” just join our email list- email at Laura@shakespearetavern.com and put Join Tavern Teachers in the subject heading.
If you could also tell us what age/grade you teach and the school name that would be fantastic.
Indicate whether you would like all our snail mail and email communications or just Tavern Teachers emails. Please include your email and street address, either home or school and we will update your info accordingly!
We send out the (very) occasional email about education initiatives, advocacy, what is coming up in ASC Education, and every once in a while I’ll ask your advice on something that is affecting our Education programs directly.
The New American Shakespeare Tavern Show Times and Tickets
Box Office Hours
Tuesdays through Saturdays: 1pm-6pm
404.874.5299 x 0
Box office is open 5:45pm-7:30pm (4:45pm-6:30pm Sundays) before each performance for ticket pick up. The Box Office does not answer the phone during these times.
Performance Days & Times
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: at 7:30 PM
Sundays: at 6:30 PM.
10 AM Student Matinees most Tuesday and Wednesdays during the school year.
The Shakespeare Tavern® is an intimate playhouse of approximately 200 seats. We feature a three-tiered seating system (except on Thursdays and any Preview performance. During these times seating is General Admission). You can choose where you would like to sit in our theater (depending on ticket availability). Click on the pictures below to get an idea of what you’ll be seeing from your seat! Seating is first-come, first served within each seating area*. Seating for Preview performances is General Admission.
Raised elevation directly behind and to the sides of the main floor. Within 30 feet of the stage. Seating at tables and chairs.
All seats in balcony (three levels). Seating at chairs. Within 40 feet of the stage. Most seats in the balcony can accommodate food and beverage trays. Please note that to get to the balcony you must use the stairs. If you are unable to use stairs, purchase tickets in the Box or Main Floor areas. Call the Box Office if you have a wheelchair and need a table held for your party.
All seats are General Admission $20 for adults, $15 for Students. No other discounts apply.
(Exceptions: A Christmas Carol ticket prices on Thursdays are Main: $24, Box $20, Balcony: $15. Also, if a Preview performance falls on a Thursday, all tickets are $15 with General Admission Seating.)
Balcony: $15 (discounts cannot be applied to these tickets)
Discount Ticket Options
$15 tickets for General Admission Previews
Student/Educator prices: $5 off per price level per night. Not valid on Saturday nights or in the balcony on Sundays.
$14 for 10am student matinees during the school year (General Admission Seating).
Senior citizens (65 +) and Military receive $3 off the adult ticket price per section. Not valid for the balcony on Sundays.
Group Discounts: Parties of 10 or more receive $3 off the adult ticket price per section.
Tickets must be paid for 48 hours prior to show. Not valid for the balcony on Sundays.
Our Menu is available from one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance. Food service ends ten minutes before show time, with dessert and beverages available during intermission.
We prepare everything from scratch here in our kitchen, using the freshest ingredients we can find. Our goal is to nourish the body as the theater feeds the soul, by serving delicious, comforting food in a fast and friendly manner. Complete nutritional information on the Tavern’s menu is available.
We are delighted to serve you here!