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


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In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” and “Wm Shakspe,” – but never “William Shakespeare.”

Previewing Kentucky Shakespeare’s 2012 summer season [Theater]

June 21, 2012

By Brian Kennedy,, Published June 21, 2012

Bring a blanket or get the VIP treatment during the 2012 summer season for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

During the summer season, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will present two plays:  Much Ado About Nothing (July) and Measure for Measure (August).  Both performances will happen outdoors at Central Park, located at the corner of 4th and Magnolia Street in Old Louisville.

Much Ado About Nothing shows Claudio, a nobleman, who falls in love with Hero, the daughter of another respected nobleman.  Beatrice and Benedick, somewhere among their insults, also wind up falling in love.  However, Don John is looking to ruin whatever delightful plans the couples have.  The Shakespearean work will run from July 12-29.

Measure for Measure, meanwhile, centers on an arrest of a man who has violated the sexual activity laws in Vienna.  Lord Angelo, a strict temporary leader, has had the man arrested and sentenced to death.  Meanwhile, the real leader, the Duke, lurks about in disguise.  The Players Summer Conservatory students will perform this show from Aug. 2-5.

The curtain for both shows is at 8:30 p.m., but pre-show entertainment begins at 7 p.m.  The Sunfish Tumblers, improv troupe Damaged Goods, and music group The Neti Pots are among the acts to perform before Much Ado About Nothing.  A complete list can be found at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival calendar page.

All of this is free to attend, so bring a blanket.  However, for the best seats as well as VIP treatment.  The VIP seats are $20 and include frozen drinks, wait service, and more advantages.  VIP seating can be purchased by calling the Shakespeare Festival at 502-574-9900.

Finally, no theatre shows will take place on Monday nights.  However, there will be free movie nights on Mondays during July.  Shakespeare in Love, Anonymous, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? will be shown during those nights.

More information on Kentucky Shakespeare Festival can be found at its website.

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