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Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Announces 49th Season
 of Summer Shakespeare

June 23, 2009

Louisville, KY – Under the leadership of new Producing Artistic Director Anthony Patton, the 49th Summer Festival of Free Shakespeare in Central Park will present two of William Shakespeare’s masterworks, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet.  These plays are two of the most popular works of Shakespeare and offer a great opportunity for families and friends to gather and enjoy a free professional performing arts event!

Anthony Patton grew up in nearby Evansville and Owensboro and is excited to return to familial and artistic roots in Kentucky.  Anthony brings with him 20+ years experience producing and working in the performing arts in New York City and other cities.  He is eager to spread the word about the great things happening at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.


Macbeth, directed by Pamela DiPasquale, will open the season on June 10 and run Tuesdays – Sundays through June 21. Romeo & Juliet, directed by Anthony Patton, will open June 30 and run Tuesdays – Sundays through July 12. For all performances, curtain is at 8:00 PM at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park, located at the corner of Fourth and Magnolia in historic Old Louisville.


Critical Review is invited for Macbeth beginning June 11 and for Romeo and Juliet beginning July 1.


Kentucky Shakespeare is committed to the fundamental belief that the arts are for everyone, and to our ongoing “Free Will” campaign which allows us to bring the summer season of professional theatre to the public free of charge through the generous support of our funders, donors and community.


This season at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival has some unique things happening!

-Fate Sparks Romeo and Juliet- Hundreds try out; the first Juliet and the last Romeo make the cut.

-Thriving (not just surviving) During the Recession- Kentucky Shakespeare’s new partnerships have added vitality

-Using the Lay of the Land- Kentucky Shakespeare uses natural scenery for new staging areas.



June 10-14: Macbeth, 8 PM

June 16-21: Macbeth, 8 PM

June 30-July 5: Romeo & Juliet, 8 PM

July 7-12: Romeo & Juliet, 8 PM