The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will begin a four-night run of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” on Thursday at Academy Park in Franklin.

The performance is the Festival’s first-ever appearance in Franklin.

“Shakespeare in Academy Park marks a very exciting step in The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s history,” said Denice Hicks, executive artistic director for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. “The Comedy of Errors was well-received by more than 10,000 audience members in Nashville and we are excited to introduce Williamson County to this one-of-a-kind performance.”

Academy Park, on Columbia Avenue, is the former campus of Battle Ground Academy.

The Comedy of Errors is a uniquely Nashville take on Shakespeare’s zaniest play. The show is set in the 1960s and features original music by David Olney, Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley. This family-friendly performance is directed by Hicks.

The Comedy of Errors will be performed Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2.

Guests will be able to enjoy Shakespeare in Academy Park for a limited time this fall, and the Festival hopes to return with a new show for a full season of Shakespeare in the Park in 2017.

General admission to Shakespeare in Academy Park is open to the public, with a $10 per person donation suggested. Royal Packages are available for $60 for those seeking the ultimate VIP experience. This package is the festival’s signature fundraiser and includes reserved parking, prime seating, Puckett’s Catering boxed picnic dinner and personal welcome from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival staff.

Talking Shakespeare begins at 6 p.m., pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured performance at 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Food trucks and bleacher seating also will be available.

Williamson County’s Shakespeare in the Park is supported in part by Jackson National Life, Frothy Monkey Franklin, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, Franklin Synergy Bank, The Jones Company and the generosity of individual donors. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival is made possible by Metro Nashville Arts Commission and The Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information and to purchase the Royal Package visit www.nashvilleshakes.org, email rickeychick@nashvilleshakes.org or call 615-255-2273.

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