The Turn of the Screw

Directed by Matt Wallace
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Event Details

Dates: October 6-31, 2021 at 7:30PM, plus 2:00PM matinees on October 10, 16, 24, 31

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

Tickets: $20, plus $2.85 processing fee 

Health and Safety Requirements: Following the example of many other performance venues nationwide, for THE TURN OF THE SCREW Kentucky Shakespeare will require audience members to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to create and provide the safest experience for the audience, actors, and crew.  Additional information in “Frequently Asked Questions” below. 

Running time: 75 minutes with no intermission.


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.

Continuing our tradition of a fall site-specific production for Halloween, Kentucky Shakespeare will present Jeffrey Hatcher’s chilling two-actor adaptation of the classic Henry James horror novella The Turn of the Screw in our new headquarters this October.

Set in Victorian England and performed in historic 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.

Arts-Louisville Review

LEO Weekly Review

“It is hard to think of an interpretation of Henry James’ famously eerie novella The Turn of the Screw that is more in keeping with James’ own intent…Jeffrey Hatcher could have been taking his cues directly from James’ preface to the story: ‘Only make the reader’s general vision of evil intense enough, and his own experience, imagination, sympathy and horror will supply him quite sufficiently with all the particulars.’ 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

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the story by Henry James

Directed by Matt Wallace
Scenic Design by Karl Anderson
Lighting Design by Jesse AlFord and Lindsay Krupski
Sound Design by Laura Ellis
Costume Design by Donna Lawrence-Downs
Fight Choreography by Eric Frantz
Dialect Coaching by Rachel Carter
Stage Manager: Ryan Bennett
Sound Engineer: Victoria Campbell
Front of House: Jon Huffman & Brenda Johnson

Zachary Burrell
Mollie Murk







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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


Special thanks to our production supporting sponsor:


Special thanks also to:
America’s Best Bartenders and Servers
AGX of Kentucky
Sara Louise Callaway, Louisville Academy of Music
Louisville Ballet

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the COVID-19 protocols and requirements?

    Following the example of many other indoor performance venues nationwide, Kentucky Shakespeare will require audience members to wear a mask and provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend this production.

    Thank you for your cooperation as we work to create and provide the safest experience for the audience, actors, and crew.

    When you arrive, the front of house staff will check you in and ask each person to present identification and an official COVID-19 vaccination record card, photo copy, or immunization certificate from a healthcare provider OR written proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

    Masks are mandatory while inside but may be removed temporarily while actively drinking a beverage.

    Seating will be limited for this engagement and seats will be spaced at least one foot apart throughout the 5,000 square foot space. All of Kentucky Shakespeare's creative and production team are fully vaccinated and follow recommended health and safety protocols.

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

    If you are not feeling well on the day of your visit or if you have been ill within fourteen days of your performance date, please stay home. Contact us at, and we will do everything we can to assist you with exchanges and refunds.

  • 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, 2021.

  • 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.

  • What about parking?

    Kentucky Shakespeare has approximately 15 free parking spots available on the side of the building, and there is also ample free street parking. If parking on the street, out of respect for our neighbors, we ask that you not park in front of the residential buildings on the east end of Myrtle Street. There is ample space for Street parking on Myrtle Street in front of Kentucky Shakespeare, Aztec Flooring, and WaterStep, as well as on 6th Street parking by Central Park.

  • How long is the production?

    Approximately 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 recommended for ages 12 and up due to content and potentially frightening sounds and imagery. For specific show content and questions, please contact the office at or 502.574.9900.