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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Kentucky Shakespeare Presents the 54th Season of Shakespeare in the Park

July 9, 2013

Featuring Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew & Summer Monday Movies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 17, 2013) – The annual Shakespeare in the Park festival is proud to feature Twelfth Night for its 54th season opener.

Running Tuesdays through Sundays June 20th – July 14th (with previews on June 18th and 19th) in Old Louisville’s Central Park, Twelfth Night will be directed by our own Producing Artistic Director/CEO Brantley Dunaway.

Twelfth Night is one of the most commonly performed Shakespearean comedies, and was also successful during Shakespeare’s lifetime. A beautiful exploration of love and romance in disguise, shrouded in Celtic themes and Irish music, Twelfth Night focuses on the passion that motivates us to find our true hearts desire.

The Taming of the Shrew will be presented by The Players Conservatory and will run July 18th – 21st. Depicting the outlandish courtship of two couples and the lengths they go to for love, The Taming of the Shrew is a hilarious look at gender relations in the way only Shakespeare can present it.

Come and take in some pre-show entertainment every night at 7 PM before the 8:30pm curtain, all while enjoying a drink from the Brown-Forman full service bar or a snack from our snack bar. Reserved seating is also available. A padded Adirondack chair can be reserved for $25 each, which includes food and beverage service. Additional packages are available, including group catering, family picnics, pre-ordered bottles of wine, a Saturday VIP lounge, indoor restroom accessibility and more.

New this year, City Café box dinners can be pre-ordered and waiting for you at the hospitality tent for pick up when you arrive! Visit our website for the full details and to place your order at

Summer Monday Movie Nights, starting at 9 pm, will also be returning this season and will feature something for every movie taste. This year’s lineup includes:

June 24th: OZ the Great and Powerful
July 1st: Argo
July 8th: Les Misérables
July 15th: The Princess Bride
July 22nd: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Not only is Kentucky Shakespeare showing Rocky Horror, live actors, bird seed, toast and some newspaper will also be on-hand to make the show complete!

Come and enjoy a night out in Central Park for the 54th Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival June 18th – July 21st. To reserve your VIP seats, schedule an interview or for more information, please call 502.574.9900.