December TBA – Live recording and radio performance of George Bernard Shaw’s THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS

March-April TBA – Presentation of films of Royal Shakespeare Company productions of LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST and LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON (MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING)

March-May, 2015 – Shakespeare in the Parks MACBETH tour

June 3-August 9, 2014 – The 55th Season of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. 

June 3-July 25: “The Tempest.” Directed by Matt Wallace.

June 18-July 25: “The Taming of the Shrew.” Directed by Amy Attaway.

July 2-July 26: “Macbeth.” Directed by Matt Wallace.

• All three plays will be performed in repertory July 14-July 26.

July 25: Bard-a-Thon. Kentucky Shakespeare performs all three plays in one day.

July 29-Aug. 2: “The Comedy of Errors” performed by the Globe Players, Kentucky Shakespeare’s student production.

Aug. 4-9: Community Partners Week (other theater companies’ performances).

• “Recent and Relevant Shakespeare” New commissioned work form Theatre[502]

• “Chasing Ophelia” by Doug Schutte of The Bard’s Town Theatre.


• “Late Night Shakes” Improvised Shakespeare by the Louisville Improvisors at 10:30 p.m. June 27, July 11 and 18.

• All evenings include food trucks, an open bar called Will’s Tavern and pre-show entertainment provided by groups from throughout the community.


Now Playing
William Shakespeare’s grandchildren all died without children – leaving him with no descendants.

Festival Enjoys Shakespeare With Shakesbeer

June 24, 2010

Louisville, KY-  For the first time in Kentucky Shakespeare history, the Festival is including beer and wine in concession sales, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors Bluegrass Brewing Company, LLC and Brown-Forman. Select Brown-Forman wines and the BBC’s special brew, fondly named Shakesbeer, are for sale in the amphitheater for $5 a glass or pint.

Shakesbeer, so named in honor of the 50th season of Shakespeare in Central Park, is the reincarnate of the BBC’s famous Nut-Brown Ale. A Northeastern English style brown ale, Shakesbeer is brewed with six different malts that create a malty body, and finishes off with notes of chocolate and caramels. It certainly is a beer fit for a Bard!

Please remember, no outside alcohol is permitted in Metro Parks. Alcohol sold by the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is permitted only within the perimeter of the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater.

Join us in Central Park for the remainder of the 50th season of “Free Will” Shakespeare in Central Park! All performances are free and open to the public.


June 30-July 4: Richard III, 8 PM

July 7-11: Richard III, 8 PM

June 26, July 3, 10, 17: Twelfth Night, 10 AM

July 14-18: The Globe Players present, Much Ado About Nothing, 8 PM