Summer Traditions: Open-Air Summer Shakespeare Festival Returns

If you're looking for a unique cultural experience this summer, look no further than the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville. The festival promises a blend of classic theatre, interactive activities, and culinary delights, and will run from the 29May to 11 August at the Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park.
Now in its 64th year, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival offers performances of Shakespeare's timeless works against the backdrop of one of Louisville's most picturesque parks. With 62 performances over 11-weeks, including seven different productions, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Better still, it’s completely FREE, making it the longest-running non-ticketed Shakespeare festival in the United States.
For those looking for a bit of late-night fun, the Louisville Improvisors present the Late Night Shakes. Improvised Shakespeare plays created from audience suggestions. And don't miss the unique live theatrical experience of GLOBE Arm Wrestling, where Shakespearean characters go arm-to-arm in a hilarious showdown.
Of course, no festival experience would be complete without delicious food, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival delivers with over 60 food trucks rotating nightly. And for those looking for a refreshing beverage or a souvenir to remember the experience, stop by Will's Tavern and Gift Shop.
For more information and s visit for more information and schedules. And for assistance planning your trip to Louisville, check out Louisville Tourism's Visitor Guide at
Performances (Free):
  Romeo & Juliet (May 29-June 16; July 17, 20, 23, 26)
The Comedy of Errors (June 20-30; July 16, 19, 24, 27)
The Tempest (July 5-14, 18, 21, 25, 28)
Julius Caesar by Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players (July 31-Aug 4)
Improvised Shakespeare: Late Night Shakes (June 8, 29 and July 20 at 10:30pm)
Shakespeare in Dance: Lady Lear by the Louisville Ballet (August 7-11)
GLOBE Arm Wrestling by the Louisville Fringe Festival (June 15, July 13 and 27 at 10:15pm)


Posted by: Louisville Tourism
Posted on: 25/03/2024

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