Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare Kicks Off 6th annual SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour – April 6 – May 25, 2019

Kentucky Shakespeare announces the 2019 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS tour.Their 6-actor, 90-minute production of MACBETH will tour to 28 parks in Louisville, Indiana, and other Kentucky cities this spring, bringing free Shakespeare to neighborhoods April 6-May 25, 2019.
“We couldn’t be happier to be able to serve so many parks and neighborhoods with this tour. In 2014 we started with nine parks and this spring we’ll triple that number! This season, we branch out even further, bringing free Shakespeare in the Parks to Mt. Washington in Bullitt County and Bowling Green plus serving some local neighborhoods for the first time including Smoketown and Klondike Park. We’ll again have backup rain spaces for each location too, so you can join us rain or shine. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring this special free family event to neighborhoods across the area!” says Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace.

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59th Annual Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park Featuring As You Like It, Henry IV Part II, and King Lear

Kentucky Shakespeare kicks off its 59th annual free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park with a comedy, a history, and a tragedy. The season begins with their professional productions of As You Like It May 29th, then Henry IV, Part II June 13th, followed by King Lear on June 27th. July 9th-21st all three performances will be presented in repertory. The season will be dedicated to the late Bekki Jo Schneider, former Producer of Kentucky Shakespeare and founder Doug Ramey’s immediate successor. “Last year we lost our dear friend Bekki Jo. She was instrumental in helping make the company what it is today, not only during her tenure here as an actor and leader but for years after as a mentor to me and to so many others in our community. We dedicate this season to her as we celebrate her life and legacy,” said Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director.

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Shakespeare in Love – A Gala benefiting Kentucky Shakespeare – Saturday Feb. 9 from 7-11PM at 21C Hotel


Join Kentucky Shakespeare for its 6th annual “Shakespeare in Love” Gala at 21C Hotel. The evening features live music from the Jerry Tolson Jazz Trio, Brown-Forman cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Proof, desserts, raffle, pop-up performances, tarot reading, DJ, dancing, 59th season announcement and more surprises!

Tickets are $125 per person and $200 per couple, with cocktail

attire: https://kyshakespeare.com/season/gala/

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Bourbon Classic Announces Returns to Louisville in 2019 – Tickets Available Now!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Audience502 partner, the Bourbon Classic, is excited to announce their return to Louisville to celebrate the best of Bourbon at its seventh annual event, February 20 – 23, 2019.

Highlights will include Top Shelf, a tasting event featuring Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, showcasing classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails paired with a chef’s Bourbon-themed culinary complement, Bourbon University, breakout classes focused on a variety of bourbon-themed topics; and TASTE, which will provide ample opportunities for the public to sample top brands of Bourbon, food pairings from featured restaurants and Bourbon-inspired products.

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Only a Couple Weeks Left to Enjoy the Enchanting (and FREE) KY Shakespeare in the Park Festival

Overview: If you have not yet had the chance to do so, Shakespeare fans are encouraged to attend Louisville’s Central Park through Aug. 5 for the 58th season of the free Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. This year, seven productions are being performed on the main stage, featuring the Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Shakespeare, Louisville Improvisors, and the festival’s own Globe Players student troupe. Shows begin at 7 p.m. central time. Performances are free and no tickets are required to enter.
There is truly nothing like experiencing a professional Shakespeare production outdoors in the oldest Victorian-era preservation district in the US.  These professional productions for free to the public, and they also added amenities including a wireless microphone sound system, making the words accessible.There are new benches, restrooms, and they have added nightly food trucks, gift shop, and a full service bar. It all makes for an enjoyable summer evening with friends and family.

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The Comedy of Errors – June 5 – July 22 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview: “We came into the world like brother and brother, And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.” Kentucky Shakespeare presents the original situation comedy, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS directed by Matt Wallace at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. The Comedy of Errors is a zany farce full of physical comedy, mistaken identities, and hijinks galore.

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Henry IV, Part One – June 14 – July 22 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview: “The better part of valor is discretion.”  Kentucky Shakespeare presents the thrilling, funny, and moving history play HENRY IV, PART ONE at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Set in the politically unstable and violent world of 1400s England, the play explores honor, nobility, and power in our “Game of Kings” series.Amphitheater Opens at 6:30 with Food Trucks from the Louisville Food Truck Association, Will’s Tavern opens at 7:00 serving Brown-Forman, West Sixth and 502 Winery products, Pre-Show begins at 7:15 and the main stage production opens at 8:00. directed by Amy Attaway

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Othello – June 28 – July 21 – Central Park, Louisville

Overview:  “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;  It is the green-ey’d monster.” Kentucky Shakespeare presents the classic and timeless tragedy of love, jealousy and deceit at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Set in a contemporary military world, the production stars Kentucky Shakespeare favorites Jon Huffman as Iago and Dathan Hooper as Othello. Amphitheater Opens at 6:30 with Food Trucks from the Louisville Food Truck Association, Will’s Tavern opens at 7:00 serving Brown-Forman, West Sixth and 502 Winery products, Pre-Show begins at 7:15 and the main stage production opens at 8:00. directed by Matt Wallace

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