Theatre Knoxville Downtown – Celebrating our 42nd Season!

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World Premiere Production
Acts of Love
by Paul Leeper

Mar 9–25
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm

Three very unusual looks at love which comes in many guises. As everyone knows, love is not for the faint of heart.

For tickets and more information, please contact the Tennessee Stage Company at (865) 546-4280.

Opens April 20 ...

Sherlock's Last Case
by Charles Marowitz

Apr 20–May 6
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15    

Directed by Candace Moore


Winner of the Louis B. Mayer Award. Created by an American-born playwright-director who has become one of the most celebrated figures in the modern British theatre, this diabolically clever (and frequently funny) play was first presented as part of the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles and went to Broadway in 1987. It was produced at the Nederlander Theatre with Frank Langella as Sherlock Holmes and Donal Donnelly as Doctor Watson. Illuminating aspects to the master sleuth's character heretofore ignored, the play is both true to the spirit of the original and a totally fresh and absorbing theatrical excursion.


  • Sherlock Holmes: Joe Jaynes
  • Dr. Watson: Tom Ireland
  • Mrs Hudson: Bonny Pendleton
  • Inspector Lestrade: Ben Bean
  • Liza Moriarty: Emma Wright

"Sherlock's Last Case is certainly a wonder … throwing social consciousness to the wind and simply entertaining an audience with a delightful theatrical sleight-of-hand."
LA Daily News

"Part spoof, part loving tribute and all fun…"
The Register

"…the play combines light, occasionally absurd, humor with all the twists and turns of a first-rate whodunit."
Hollywood Progress

Artist's ConceptSecond Act Campaign

Raising the Curtain on the Future

TKD has been at 319 North Gay St. since 2005, where seating is limited to 50 or less, depending on set design.

Attendance has grown steadily in recent years and, starting in early 2014, shows have been selling out regularly, often forcing us to turn away patrons.

We've outgrown our space and it's time to move!

The Second Act Campaign is focused on raising $250,000 to:

  • occupy a new downtown space that provides a bigger stage, space for set construction, dressing rooms, at least double the current seating, and improved patron amenities
  • cover the increase in occupancy costs for the first three years in the new space

(Online donations fully secured by PayPal.)

Help raise the curtain on the future of TKD by making a contribution today!

Next Up ...

2018-2019 Season Announced!



Six Characters in Search of a Play
Written and performed by Del Shores
May 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Directed by Emerson Collins

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Exclusive Knoxville engagement from the author of Sordid Lives! Del Shores himself portrays 6 people he has met, who have inspired him, but who have yet to find a place in his plays, films or TV shows. Mostly comedy, but some tears are shed as well.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, OR $30 for VIP admission which includes a wine & cheese reception following the performance to meet and greet Del in person!

Sordid Lives
by Del Shores
Jun 1–17, 2018

Directed by Keri McClain

Winner! 14 DramaLogue awards including Best Production

A black comedy about white trash! The author of Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles.

When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.

"[This play by] the master of Texas maybe funnier than Daddy's Dyin'. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife's edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real."
— The Los Angeles Times

"Run, don't walk to Del Shores new play!"
— DramaLogue

"Pick of the Week."
— L.A. Weekly

NOTE: This production contains strong language not suitable for children
and occasional loud gunshots.



Patron Testimonial

"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville

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