Shakespeare Under The Stars

  • 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
  • Forest, VA 24551

Shakespeare returns to Poplar Forest with a presentation of William Shakespeare’s tragic King Lear, the only play that Jefferson mentions by name in a letter.

Directed by Melora Kordos, the performance will be held on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. Bring your friends and family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chair; sample a selection of local libations; and experience the magic of Shakespeare’s verse.


  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 25, 26, & 27
  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday, August 31, September 1, & 2
  • Rain date: Sunday, September 3


  • $15 for adults (ages 18+)
  • $12 for youth and students (ages 6–17 or with college ID)
  • $5 for children (ages 5 and under)

Advance reservations are suggested. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the Museum Shop at 434.534.8120.

  • 1542 Bateman Bridge Road
  • Forest, VA 24551