The 2014 Shakespeare In The Park Summer Season will consist of 8 productions totaling 56 performances over 10 weeks.

3 Kentucky Shakespeare Professional Productions

Directed by Matt Wallace
Preview June 11
June 12-22
Directed by Amy Attaway
Preview June 26
June 27-July 6
Directed by Matt Wallace
Preview July 10July 11-13Rotating Repertory Weeks (all 3 productions)July 15-271 Globe Players Student Production


Preview July 30

July 31-August 3


4 Community Partners Productions in Rotating Repertory Over Two Weeks

AS YOU LIKE IT presented by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble

August 5, 7, 9

PERICLES presented by Walden Theatre

August 6, 8, 10

KING LEAR presented by Savage Rose Classical Theatre

August 13, 15, 17

WOMEN OF WILL presented by Shoestring Productions

August 12, 14, 16


Now Playing
William Shakespeare’s family members were all illiterate.

@ “Much Ado” in Central Park

July 19, 2012

By Aimee Jewell, The Voice-Tribune, Published July 19, 2012

As the actors and actresses stepped onto the stage, an immediate hush fell over the audience. But rather than turning my attention to those in the spotlight, I was distracted by those in the audience. T-shirts and basketball shorts, suits and ties, sundresses and high heels, running shoes and even a few dogs in the mix – the diversity of the people in attendance was refreshing. This was not your average playhouse inside Actors Theatre of Louisville or the Kentucky Center for the Arts, but an outdoor arena, fit for all ages, all lifestyles and all fashions. This was Shakespeare in the Park, put on by Kentucky Shakespeare.

Located in the shade of Central Park in downtown Louisville, Shakespeare in the Park has been providing entertainment to the area for a little over 50 years. Kentucky Shakespeare holds the record for the oldest free Shakespeare Festival in the country and is known for putting a unique twist on the familiar acts composed by the English playwright. Currently performing “Much Ado About Nothing,” the company provides an American Western spin to its summer 2012 season opener.


“This type of presentation introduces the work of Shakespeare to the audience in a non-threatening, non-snooty way. It’s introducing (the audience) to what Shakespeare’s really about and (instilling) community engagement,” said Kentucky Shakespeare CEO, Brantley M. Dunaway. The play depicts familiar feelings and scenarios with the language used in Shakespeare’s original pieces, making it great for a family-friendly evening of entertainment.

If Shakespeare isn’t for you, Monday Movie Nights also offer a fun atmosphere for a family gathering. Showing movies such as Shakespeare in Love, Rocky Horror Picture Show and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, there’s something for everyone. To round out the season, Shakespeare in the Park will also feature “Measure for Measure,” August 2 through 5.

Filling the park with laughter and music each night (with the exception of Monday Movie Nights) this elevated, yet elementary take on Shakespeare will be running July 12 through 29. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and the curtain opens at 8:30 p.m. VIP seats are $20 for comfy chairs and unlimited drinks from the full-service bar.

If you would like more information about Shakespeare in the Park and Kentucky Shakespeare, visit

July 12-29 *excluding Mondays
Closed Captioned Performances July 20, 21

Pre-Show Entertainment:
7:00 PM

8:30 PM

Monday Movie Nights:
Show times begin at 9:00 PM
July 9th: Shakespeare in Love
July 16th: Anonymous
July 23rd: Rocky Horror Picture Show
July 30th: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Photos by JAMES EATON/Contributing Photographer