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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Kentucky Shakespeare is the largest in-school arts education organization in the Commonwealth, visiting more than 75,000 students each year.

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