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Events in Fayetteville NC | Sweet Tea Shakespeare under the stars performance of Much Ado About Nothing | Live Music

Shakespeare | Live Events Fayetteville NC | Much Ado About Nothing | Theatre Under the Stars
Live Events Fayetteville NC | Much Ado About Nothing | Theatre Under the Stars | Live Music

Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents their much beloved outdoor season which includes three live main stage events over three months culminating in two weekends of rotating repertory performances. Kicking off in May is Party at Jay’s, local writers Michael Houck and Claudia Warga-Dean’s smashing adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Followed by William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles.

All performances will have streaming options available worldwide as part of the performance runs.

Revive and thrive! Much Ado was Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s first in-person production after the coronavirus pandemic, which meant smaller audiences and a shortened performance run. We are thrilled to bring it back this summer for full houses and a full run!

It’s the rom-com that started it all! Beatrice is a fast-talking spinster with no time for men. Benedick is the wisecracking marriage-hater crashing at her uncle’s house with a bunch of rowdy soldiers. But when Benedick’s best friend falls in love with Beatrice’s cousin, their friends and family hatch a plot to reveal the truth: that Benedick and Beatrice are actually head-over-heels in love. Can these two bickering cynics finally admit what everyone else can see? Brilliantly blending romance and humor, Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespearean comedy at its finest.


Performances at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1601 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC:

June 3-5, 2022, Friday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show

Performances at The Yard on Arch Street 321 Arch Street Fayetteville, NC 28301
June 10-12, 2022, Friday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show
June 17-19, 2022, Friday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show
June 24-26, 2022, Friday through Sunday, 6:45pm Live Music Preshow; 7:30pm Show


The Yard on Arch Street
Certain performances take place at the Arch Street Yard in downtown Fayetteville NC. Performances are outdoors at 321 Arch Street with a nearby alternate location for inclement weather. Parking may be found in a small garage directly across from the Yard on Arch Street. Patrons should provide their own seating outdoors; indoor seating is provided. Outdoors, patrons should expect sidewalks accessible via ramp/driveway as well as sloped and uneven grass. Restroom facilities are limited, but may include portable restrooms.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare Plays provide an interactive play-going experience with live music prior to every show. Most shows feature an array of snacking and drinking options, some of which may constitute a light meal.

Food is available for purchase, as well as signature sweet tea, craft beer, wine, and seasonal cocktails. (Outside food and drink are not permitted unless otherwise noted.)

All shows perform Thursday through Sunday evenings at 7:30pm with a preshow beginning at 6:45pm nightly.

Live Music Preshow

Most of our in-person and full-length online productions feature preshow entertainment with live music featuring our house band, The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (also known as “WOCO”). Along with music, enjoy plenty of warm hospitality and ways to engage, from bidding on special seating, which we call “Chair Paravel,” to adorning Sweet Tea Shakespeare swag available for purchase, to yard games and activities.

Tickets and Memberships

All performances, whether in-person or streaming, are available via standard ticketing on our website at Sweet Tea Shakespeare Members may receive single or multiple tickets to in-person productions, depending on Membership level. Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member at

For our outdoor performances, you should bring your own seating or choose from our limited rental chair and quilt seating options. Should we move indoors in case of rain, we provide limited basic folding chair and quilt seating, along with an optional rental seat cushion, subject to availability.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is delighted to provide these performances in local Fayetteville venues as well as digitally, to provide its diverse communities with access to the magic of story, song, and stagecraft. Purchase tickets at

Much Ado About Nothing will be remounted at the end of the summer, along with Party at Jay’s and Pericles, in two weekends of repertory performances, where audiences can, in the span of just a few days, see all performances.


Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:30 Much Ado About Nothing

Friday, July 29 7:30  Party at Jays

Saturday, July 30 7:30 Pericles

Sunday, July 31  7:30  Much Ado About Nothing

Thursday, August 4  7:30  Pericles

Friday, August 5  7:30  Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday, August 6  7:30 Party at Jays

Sunday,  August 7  7:30 Pericles

Venue: The Yard on Arch Street, 321 Arch Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

Ticket Information

Tickets: Purchase tickets at

Become a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member: Monthly and annual members receive special advance ticket rates, complimentary tickets, complimentary ticket exchanges, stickers, totes, and other sweet merchandise, and much more. For information on becoming a Sweet Tea Shakespeare Member go to

No outside food or beverages; no coolers.

General Admission: $22 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Seniors: $20 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Seniors are considered 55+

Military/Gold Star Families: $19 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF

Military is anyone with a valid military ID, including active duty, retired, veteran, and any immediate family members

Students: $10 ADVANCE | $30 DAY-OF
Students are anyone school aged or college and university students of any age with valid ID

Streaming: $10

Streaming tickets may be purchased at any point in the run. We anticipate live-streaming on Saturday evenings; where this is not possible, a link will be sent for a recorded, on-demand stream to all streaming ticket buyers.

Changes in performance location or time due to inclement weather will be announced on Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s website and Facebook page.

We offer no refunds for purchased tickets for any reason. Please be aware we perform outdoors in high heat and humidity, and the chairs we provide are sometimes regular folding chairs. We always invite audience members to make adjustments for their own comfort, sight lines, and out of kindness for others. On outdoor performance nights where we move indoors due to rain, you can return for free to a performance of the same production later in the run by registering in advance with our box office.

Shakespeare | Live Events Fayetteville NC | Sweet Tea Shakespeare | Much Ado About Nothing
Live Events Fayetteville NC | Much Ado About Nothing | Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Contact Information

Call the Sweet Tea Shakespeare Box Office 910-420-4383 or email

About Sweet Tea Shakespeare


Sweet Tea Shakespeare gathers diverse communities around a common table to delight in the magic of story, song, and stagecraft.


Sweet Tea Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theatre company and training ground for artists of all backgrounds, inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern period in its spirit and operations.

About the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County: The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County serves more than 330,000 residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Since 1973, the Arts Council has ensured growth in our children’s education, our community’s cultural identity, and our economic progress. The Arts Council’s grants, programs, and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the North Carolina Arts Council, with additional funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. 

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