It all started on May 16, 1984. As You Like It opened for a one week run at Manuel's Tavern on North Highland Ave and a dream was born. Ultimately attracting national attention with articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and coverage by CBS and CNN, this modest production became the defining experience for what would ultimately become America's only Shakespeare Tavern: An Original Practice Playhouse with a British-Pub menu available before each performance. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is a bright and talented group of professionals who interpret, direct, produce and perform the works of William Shakespeare and the classics. You'll experience Shakespeare as if it were written yesterday. The home of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, the New American Shakespeare Tavern has an enchanting history and a prime location in Midtown. We are a professional theatre with food and drinks available before each performance.