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Summers with The Bard at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

For 11 weeks each summer, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard to life with 66 stunning performances of 8 beloved productions in the bucolic setting of Louisville’s Central Park. The C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater seats 1000 audience members, but these popular performances regularly see folks spill over into the adjacent lawn. This summer, you’ll be able to delight in the Sicilian travails of gossip and mistaken identity in Much Ado About Nothing, thrill at the horror of a Great Republic in shambles with The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, and gasp at the deception and surprising poignancy of The Merchant of Venice—and that’s just a few of shows on the docket. In addition, you’ll also have the opportunity to stroll through one of the USA’s largest Victorian neighborhoods. From the Brown Hotel, we recommend a leisurely walk down S. 3rd or 4th Street, which will afford you the best views. Once you’re at the amphitheater, you may take any seat you like (performances are free), or bring a blanket and chairs to claim a spot on the lawn.

 

Address: C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in Old Louisville’s Central Park, at the corner of 4th & Magnolia Streets