"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, in Louisville, KY., in 2015.

Kentucky Shakespeare Brings the Bard Outdoors for 2016 Summer Season

The season will take place in Old Louisville’s Central Park.

LOUISVILLE, KY.: Kentucky Shakespeare has announced its 2016-17 season, featuring seven productions in the local Central Park.

“This season, as we celebrate 400 years of William Shakespeare’s legacy, Kentucky Shakespeare is proud to present the longest season in our history for a total of 11 weeks, 7 productions, and 60 performances!” said producing artistic director Matt Wallace in a statement. “We’ll also welcome nightly pre-show performances showcasing our community.”

The season will start with Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (beginning June 1). Next up will be Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (beginning June 16). Following will be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (beginning July 30). The three productions will run separately and will also run in repertory July 12-24.

Next up will be Shakespeare’s As You Like It (beginning July 27), presented with the Globe Players Conservatory. Kyle Ware will direct.

Following will be Community Partners Weeks, a two-week showcase of two companies performing on the C. Douglas Pamey Ampitheatre stage, featuring CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center’s production of West Side Story, and the Louisville Ballet’s production of Shakespeare in Dance.

Also part of the season will be Late Night Shakes (June 4, 11, 18, 25) by the Louisville Improvisors.

Founded in 1949, Kentucky Shakespeare’s programming includes free productions in Louisville’s Central Park and yearlong educational outreach programs.

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