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.


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William Shakespeare is believed to have been born and died on the same day – April 23rd.

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Names New Producing Artistic Director

September 21, 2008

Louisville, KY, September 21, 2008 –Kentucky Shakespeare Festival announced the appointment of Anthony Patton as the company’s new Producing Artistic Director. Mr. Patton succeeds Curt Tofteland, who announced his retirement this summer after 20 years of leadership to the Festival. Mr. Patton will formally begin his tenure with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival on November 3.


Mr. Patton comes to Louisville from New York City, where a long and varied career in the arts led to his most recent position as Director of Operations for Ballet Hispanico. Prior to this position, Mr. Patton was the Manager of the Alliance of Resident Theatres in New York City, and the Producing Artistic Director for the Trinity Players in Astoria. An accomplished playwright and director, Mr. Patton holds an MA degree from New York University and a BA degree from the University of Tennessee. Commenting on the selection of Anthony Patton, Board President Gordon Strauss said “We are delighted to welcome a person with such passion for Shakespeare to lead Kentucky Shakespeare Festival as it begins a new era in Kentucky. In 2010, the Festival will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, and the board looks forward to working with Anthony as we craft the vision for the company’s next 50 years.”


Reflecting on the upcoming anniversary, Curt Tofteland added, “Anthony brings a wealth of professional experience to his new role as Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.  I anticipate his leadership will guide the festival solidly forward into the next 50 years.”