Kentucky Shakespeare


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. 


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. Kentucky Shakespeare serves over 80,000 people annually through the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in the summer, educational outreach and community programming throughout the year. The education department has served over 1,000,000 students with in-school arts programs since its inception in 1990 in all 120 Kentucky counties and surrounding states. Other programs include the annual Shakespeare in the Parks tour serving 20+ parks in and around Louisville, Louisville Free Public Libraries tour with Shakespeare in the Libraries, public performances, and community center residencies. 



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I looked over my shoulder at the faces of a rather diverse community – men and women of all ages, all colors, all types – rapt with attention for the scene beginning to unfold before them. I spent several minutes marking the vast differences between these individuals and beaming inwardly at the same transported gaze that tied them together. This, I thought, is the power of theatre.

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