Shakespeare in the Libraries Tour

Kentucky Shakespeare and The Louisville Free Public Library Partner To Bring Education Programming Throughout Metro Area

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 2, 2017) – Kentucky Shakespeare and the Louisville Free Public Library are partnering to bring Shakespeare to all 18 area Louisville Public Libraries with the "2017 Shakespeare in the Libraries Tour." Kentucky Shakespeare will showcase its live two-actor performance of "Twelfth Night" which is currently touring Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Kentucky and surrounding States.

"This is the third time we've toured the entire Louisville Free Public Library system in one season," said Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.  "Thanks to the generosity of Louisville Metro Government, we are able to offer this free one-hour performance at all 18 library branches.  It's a fun and free opportunity for families throughout the city to experience this creative take on Shakespeare’s comedy - incorporating audience participation, puppetry, and imagination, with two of our professional actors."

Director of Education Kyle Ware directs production. “Twelfth Night” is Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity, role reversal and unrequited love, revealing the nature of character, loyalty and truth. During the interactive performance the actors will engage with audience members and have the opportunity for post-performance discussion as well. The educational performance highlights conflict resolution, healthy relationships, self-esteem, self-respect, and anti-bullying messages. The program is suitable for all ages.

The 2017 Shakespeare in the Libraries tour is made possible by Metro Louisville Government through an External Agencies Fund Grant.

The full schedule of performances is listed below and can be found at

2017 Shakespeare in the Libraries Tour Performance Schedule

November 4

Main Library, 2 p.m.

November 8

Highlands-Shelby Park Library, 4:30 p.m.

November 11

Iroquois Library, 12:30 p.m.

Middletown Library, 2:30 p.m.

November 13

Fairdale Library, 5:30 p.m.

November 15

Westport Library, 4 p.m.

Western Library, 4:30 p.m.

November 16

South Central Regional Library, 7 p.m.

November 18

Southwest Regional Library, 3:30 p.m.

November 20

Newburg Library, 3 p.m.

November 28

Crescent Hill Library, 7 p.m.

December 2

St. Matthews Library, 10:30 a.m.

Portland Library, 1:30 p.m.

December 6

Shawnee Library, 4 p.m.

December 9

Shively Library, 1:30 p.m.

Fern Creek Library, 2 p.m.

December 11

Bon Air Library, 6:30 p.m.

December 14

Jeffersontown Library, 10:30 a.m.

If you would like to schedule an interview with Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director, or learn more about Kentucky Shakespeare, please contact Robert Silverthorn III at 574-9900 ext. 11 or

For more information about Kentucky Shakespeare visit


Designated the Official Shakespeare Company of the Commonwealth, Kentucky Shakespeare is the oldest, free Shakespeare festival in the United States and the largest touring arts provider in Kentucky.  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.