The New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St N St. E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
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An innocuous exterior on Peachtree gives way to a comfortable venue with folksy medieval flair, meant to evoke Shakespeare's Globe theater. Wooden tables flank an open stage tailor-made for Elizabethan drama, and a wooden balcony hangs overhead. Patrons further get into the period mood by dining on authentic pub fare (shepherd's pie, Cornish patsy) and washing it down with Irish ale. The New American Shakespeare Tavern is dedicated to presenting the Bard's works as they were intended to be seen, in as approximate a setting as possible. That means medieval dress, expertly choreographed swordfights, an intimate connection between characters and audience and no artsy conceptualizations (cowboys, street gangs, etc.). But Shakespeare isn't the only playwright on the bill; the Tavern also often stages works from such acclaimed scribes as Tennessee Williams, Christopher Marlowe and George Bernard Shaw.
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