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’s family members were all illiterate.

William Shakespeare meets Keith Kaiser

July 25, 2012

By Keith Kaiser, WDRB, July 25, 2012

The annual Shakespeare in the Park festival is proud to feature Much Ado About Nothing for its 53rd season opener.

Running now – July 29 in Old Louisville’s Central Park, Much Ado is directed by nationally recognized Jane Page, who brings a new flare to the Louisville stage with a Gunsmoke meets Shakespeare theme – where eavesdropping and gossip are central to a community and where it is truly “a man’s world.”

This hilarious Spaghetti Western-style comedy follows the tongue and cheek relationship of Beatrice and Benedick. Beatrice, played by Netherlands native Liza de Weerd, is a vixen who is not about to cower in the shadow of a man’s world or sacrifice her femininity to convention.

Benedick, played by Grant Goodman (who recently starred in Actors Theatre’s production of In the Next Room), is strikingly similar to the iconic Western bachelor who professes disdain for romantic love, but ends up falling in love and, indeed, getting “hitched.”

Also new this year, come and take in some pre-show entertainment with vendor booths, cover bands, bluegrass swing, and a bit of comedy every night at 7 PM before the 8:30 PM curtain, all while enjoying a drink from the full service bar.

Monday Movie Nights, starting at 9:30 PM, are another new addition to the season, featuring something different for every movie taste. This year’s lineup includes:
July 9th: “Shakespeare in Love”
July 16th: “Anonymous”
July 23rd: “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
July 30th: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Kentucky Shakespeare presents the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States and is the largest, in-school arts education provider in the Commonwealth. Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain people of all ages.

Shakespeare in the Park
“Much Ado About Nothing”
Central Park, Old Louisville
Tonight through Sunday; Preshow 7:00
FREE Admission