The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

Directed by Matt Wallace

Event Details

Dates: October 6-31, 2021 at 7:30PM, plus matinees October 10, 16, 24, 31
(October 6: preview performance; October 7: opening night)

Location: Kentucky Shakespeare Headquarters, 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208

Tickets: $20, plus $2.85 processing fee 

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During checkout you will also have the option to make a donation. Donate $20 and a limited edition Turn of the Screw t-shirt will be waiting for you when you arrive! We will contact you in advance regarding size preference.


Kentucky Shakespeare continues its tradition of a fall site-specific production for Halloween, presenting Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of the classic Henry James novella. Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. Set in Victorian England and performed inside Kentucky Shakespeare’s new headquarters in Old Louisville, the oldest Victorian-era preservation district in the United States, proclaimed “America’s most haunted neighborhood,” this thrilling two-actor production is a provocative tale of suspense and horror. Part ghost story and part psychological thriller, this classic tale concerns a young unsuspecting governess hired by a wealthy recluse to look after his orphaned niece and nephew – two seemingly innocent children who soon reveal terrifying secrets.

“In his thoughtful adaptation of Henry James’ spooky tale, Jeffrey Hatcher does away with the supernatural flummery, exchanging the story’s balanced ambiguities about the nature of reality for a portrait of psychological vampirism…”
—The Boston Globe

“The key word is imagination. In this beautifully executed adaptation . . . the audience [is] forced, through subtly ambiguous shadings, to vividly project what is cleverly left unseen and unspoken. A dazzling act of the imagination. Mr. Hatcher has pushed James’ clever turn to its furthest degree.”
The New York Times

Zachary Burrell
Mollie Murk







Produced through arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Originally workshopped and developed at Portland Stage Company’s 6th Annual Little Festival of the Unexpected

Originally produced by Portland Stage Company in January 1996, Greg Leaming, Artistic Director; Tom Werder, Managing Director
Originally produced in New York City by Primary Stages Company in March 1999, Casey Childs, Artistic Director


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the COVID-19 protocols?

    As we return to our indoor productions, we will be following the guidance of our local and state health officials, as well as recommendations from the CDC, in order to maximize safety. Changes and updates will be posted and sent to audience members closer to production time. They will likely include proof of vaccination, wearing mask during performance, and limited capacity.

    All of Kentucky Shakespeare's creative and production team are fully vaccinated and follow all health and safety protocols.

  • What if I've been around someone who is sick?

    Please do not attend if you are sick, have been in contact with anyone who is sick, or have been sick within the last 14 days. Audience members should self-monitor prior to arriving.

  • What is the showtime, and when should I arrive?

    Evening performances: house opens at 7:00PM, the performance begins at 7:30PM, and ends by 8:45PM.

    Matinee performances: house opens at 1:30PM, the performance begins at 2:00PM, and ends by 3:15PM.

  • What are the dates?

    The production runs Wednesday through Sunday nights, with select weekend matinees, October 6-31, 2020.

  • Where is the production?

    The production is at Kentucky Shakespeare's new headquarters, at 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208, one half block from Central Park, across the street from WaterStep.

  • How long is the production?

    Approximately 70-75 minutes, with no intermission.

  • How do I get a ticket?

    Ticketing is through Eventbrite and now on sale! If you are having ticketing issues, please email There are only 60 tickets available per performance.

  • How do I get a Turn of the Screw t-shirt?

    During the ticket checkout process, you will be asked if you'd like to make a donation to Kentucky Shakespeare at that time. Donors $20 and above will receive a limited-edition Turn of the Screw t-shirt upon arrival at the performance, with one t-shirt per each $20 donation.

  • Is food and drink available?

    Drinks from our Brown-Forman bar will be available for purchase. Food will not be available at the performance.

  • Is the production suitable for children?

    The production is rated PG-13, recommended for ages 13 and up due to content, violence and potentially frightening sounds and images. For specific show content, please contact the office at or 502.574.9900.