Dear Kentucky Shakespeare Friends and Family,

I’m writing this note on the day originally scheduled to be opening night of Shakespeare in Love. It’s a beautiful day with low chances for rain – just how we like it. I should feel melancholy, I suppose, but instead I’m focused on the great hope I have for the future of our 60th season! I look forward to being together again in Central Park, when the time is right.

We are making another move of dates, hopefully the last, with plans to open two months from tonight. With our open air amphitheater, ample space and fresh air, extensive protocols, and two more months of time, we’re hopeful the 60th season of your Kentucky Shakespeare will run this year throughout the month of August. We are now planning a three-week run of Shakespeare in Love, presented by Churchill Downs, and a two-week run of Henry V – July 28-August 30. 

The Louisville Improvisors will still join us for Late Night Shakes performances, but unfortunately, our other additional productions/groups will not be able to be part of this season. We look forward to welcoming Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare, and our Globe Players high school professional training program in 2021.

The safety and well-being of our artists, technicians, staff, and you, are of utmost importance to us. We’ve submitted plans for re-opening to Metro Parks and the state and continue to develop extensive additional new safety procedures for the park and throughout the company.

>With this date move, we also have a new, extended deadline for inclusion in our summer Audience playbill donor list and more opportunity to join us as a season donor, if you haven’t yet given. If you would like to join us as a donor, and are able to give, please visit to make your tax-deductible donation. The NEW DEADLINE for playbill inclusion is July 1! (Donors $60+ included in printed guide; all donors included on website. See multiple donor level perks on our site.)

I also wanted to let you know that while our spring Shakespeare in the Parks Hamlet tour wasn’t able to happen in April and May, we are now planning to move the neighborhood parks tour to August and September.

Lastly, if you haven’t yet joined us for Virtual Free Shakespeare in Central Park, I invite you to check out this calendar and relive the magic with us. 2017’s Much Ado About Nothing is this weekend!

We believe Shakespeare belongs to everyone, and Shakespeare’s universal truths and the power of the arts can transform lives. We are working diligently to again bring it to you as soon as we can safely do so.

Take care Team Kentucky Shakespeare.

We’ll get through this, together.

Matt Wallace

Producing Artistic Director

“I would stay asleep my whole life, if I could dream myself into a company of players.” 
– Viola, Shakespeare in Love