Kentucky Shakespeare’s annual Festival in Central Park offers opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the beautiful outdoor setting of Old Louisville’s Central Park.

Experience the 55th Season in 2015!  June 3-August 9, 2015

- 10 weeks/7 productions/59 performances

- Food Trucks and Will’s Tavern 

- Nightly Pre-Show Entertainment 


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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