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Shakespeare in the Park—2013

Head to Central Park and enjoy the works of the Bard.


Shakespeare in the Park—2013
Image courtesy of Kentucky Shakespeare

UPDATE: Production run cancelled on July 10, 2013. Kentucky Shakespeare announced a cast member personal emergency on July 9. The next day Kentucky Shakespeare stated, "the remaining performances of Twelfth Night are canceled."

Shakespeare in the Park is takes place every summer and is the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the United States. The plays are performed in Louisville’s historic Central Park and Kentucky Shakespeare, the non-profit behind the festival, has other locations for administrative duties, summer camps and more.

The schedule for Shakespeare in the Park 2013 follows. Every performance is free and open to the public. There are benches for sitting and some families bring blankets to picnic on the grassy areas that flank the seating area. VIP seating is also available. The VIP seating consists of Adirondack chairs in the front rows, complete with waitstaff. Designed to help sustain Kentucky Shakespeare, VIP seats come with a charge of $25 per chair. Wherever you sit, the annual plays offer the public a chance to take in the works of Shakespeare and enjoy the beauty of Central Park.

The Play:
Twelfth Night
Shows Tuesdays-Sundays, June 20-July 14
(Previews on June 18th and 19th)
Performances at 8:30 p.m., pre-show at 7:30 p.m.

The Taming of the Shrew
Presentation by The Player’s Conservatory
Showing daily, July 18-July 21
Performance times TBA

Old Louisville’s Central Park
Bordered by Fourth Street, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Magnolia

Monday Movie Nights!
After the success of movie nights in 2012, Kentucky Shakespeare is continuing to present Monday night screenings throughout the summer. These Monday night movies are one of many free summer movie events in and around Louisville. For instance, Iroquois Amphitheater has movies on Monday night, too. The more options the better! Kentucky Shakespeare Summer Monday Movie Nights start promptly at 9 p.m. Below is the 2013 schedule.

Monday, June 24: "Oz: The Great and Powerful"
Monday, July 1: "Argo"
Monday, July 8: "Les Miserablés"
Monday, July 15: "The Princess Bride"
Monday, July 22: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
The screening on July 22 features live actors, bird seed, newspaper and toast, all of the classic Rocky Horror stunts.

During play performances and movie screenings, concessions and a full bar are available. Come out and enjoy the fun!

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