Kentucky Shakespeare Announces 64th Season of Free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park

LOUISVILLE, KY (February 11, 2024) – Kentucky Shakespeare, the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth, announces the 64th annual free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival May 29-August 11, 2024, at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Old Louisville’s Central Park.

“We are delighted to share an exciting season in Central Park, full of comedy, romance, and magic for the 64th season of your Kentucky Shakespeare Festival! The 2024 eleven-week season features sixty-two performances, seven productions, all presented absolutely free to audience members,” said Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director. “We’ll kick off the main stage season with a beautiful production of Romeo and Juliet, followed by the hilarious hijinks of the farce The Comedy of Errors, and Shakespeare’s magical final play, the comedy The Tempest. The season will again feature two weeks of rotating repertory in July in which all three productions will rotate nightly.”

In addition to the three main stage productions, Kentucky Shakespeare will present a production by their Globe Players professional training program for high school students, plus Shakespeare in Dance: Lady Lear from Louisville Ballet. Late-night performances return with Late Night Shakes, a Shakespearean improvisation comedy show from the Louisville Improvisors and GLOBE Arm Wrestling from the Louisville Fringe Festival featuring Shakespeare characters going arm-to-arm in a unique live theatrical experience. The Kids’ Globe tent will open an hour before every performance during the summer with free interactive arts-based activities tied to the production, and various community groups will perform pre-shows at 7:15PM nightly throughout the summer.

All performances are presented free of charge at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, the longest-running non-ticketed Shakespeare festival in the United States.

A variety of 60+ food trucks from the Louisville Food Truck Association will rotate nightly throughout the summer with 2-3 per night, plus Will’s Tavern (a Brown-Forman Bar) and Will’s Gift Shop.

Nightly Schedule

6:00pm Food Trucks Open

7:00pm Will’s Tavern, Will’s Gift Shop, and Kids’ Globe open

7:15pm Community Pre-Show Performance

8:00pm Production Begins

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The 2024 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park:

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matt Wallace

May 29-June 16; July 17, 20, 23, 26 (no performances on Mondays or Tuesdays in June)

“Did my heart love till now?”
The season kicks off with the beloved, timeless tale of star-crossed lovers caught between two worlds. Romance leads to loss, then grace, in this beautiful and tragic love story.


The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Amy Attaway

June 20-30; July 16, 19, 24, 27 (no performances on Mondays or Tuesdays in June)

I to the world am like a drop of water
That in the ocean seeks another drop.”

Laughter abounds in this madcap comedy – a farcical tale of long-lost siblings, mistaken identities, love at first sight, and happily-ever-afters.


The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Matt Wallace

July 5-14; July 18, 21, 25, 28 (no performances on Mondays)

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Shakespeare’s final play is a testament to the redeeming power of love and forgiveness – featuring fools, spirits, monsters, shipwrecks, and magical spells.


Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players
Julius Caesar

Directed by Kyle Ware

July 31-August 4

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players professional training program takes the stage, directed by Director of Education Kyle Ware. The cast is comprised of students from multiple area high schools and the production is the culmination of a five-week training program.


Louisville Ballet

Shakespeare in Dance: Lady Lear

August 7-11

The final week of the summer season, Louisville Ballet returns for an eighth season to present Lady Lear, an original dance piece with choreography by Roger Creel and score by Scott Moore. Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, the piece premiered on the Festival stage in 2017.


Louisville Improvisors

Late Night Shakes

Improvised Shakespeare

10:15PM on June 8, June 29, and July 20

The Louisville Improvisors return for a ninth year with Late Night Shakes on select Saturdays, bringing late night improvised Shakespeare plays created from audience suggestions.


Louisville Fringe Festival presents
GLOBE Arm Wrestling

10:15PM on June 15, July 13, and July 27
Louisville Fringe Festival returns for a second season, presenting this hilarious late night show featuring Shakespeare characters and professional wrestling style antics, going arm-to-arm in this unique live theatrical event.

ASL interpretation will be provided for the following performances: Thursday, June 6 for Romeo and Juliet, Thursday, June 27 for The Comedy of Errors, Thursday, July 11 for The Tempest, and Thursday, August 1 for Globe Players production. (For all ASL scheduled performances, the makeup rain date will be the following evening.



Eric Allgeier (Scenic Designer)

Casey Clark (Lighting Designer)

Laura Ellis (Sound Designer)

Donna Lawrence-Downs (Costume Designer)

Megan Bliss (Choreographer, Romeo and Juliet)

Alfie Jones (Choreographer, Comedy of Errors and The Tempest)

Eric Frantz (Fight Choreographer, Romeo and Juliet)

Hannah Pruitt (Intimacy Director)

Gregory Maupin (Dramaturg/Editor)



Mary Audrey Baunjoko

Tajleed Hardy

Brian Hinds

Jon Huffman

Justin Jackson

Ebony Jordan

Georgette Kleier

Tom Luce

Abigail Bailey Maupin

Gregory Maupin

Mollie Murk

Brittany “BeeBee” Patillo

Jennifer Pennington

Jennifer Reyes

Neill Robertson

Krystal Waller

Kyle Ware

Nick Wills

Crystian Wiltshire


Season sponsors include Fund for the Arts, Brown-Forman, Republic Bank, the Kentucky Arts Council, and Louisville Metro.


Kentucky Shakespeare will again partner with The Audience Group, your connection to the arts and entertainment scene in Louisville, providing their free Audience program guide for audience members throughout the summer.



Designated the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth by the Kentucky legislature, Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional theatre company and not-for-profit charitable organization.

Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, our mission is to enrich communities through accessible, inclusive, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain diverse audiences. Our vision is to use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director, cast, creative team, or to learn more about the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, please contact Kya Rafferty at 574-9900 x11 or