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    If you haven’t noticed by the blooming trees and strikingly hot weather we’ve been having over the last week, springtime is in full swing which means summer is right around the corner. And with summer comes one of Louisville’s oldest traditions, Shakespeare in the Park.

    Image: Cincinnati Magazine

    But you don’t have to wait until the first week of June to enjoy free performances of Shakespearean classics in Central Park. For the third year in a row, the Kentucky Shakespeare theater group is getting things started early once again with its Shakespeare in the Parks Tour.

    This year’s springtime tour will make more stops at local parks than ever before to give Louisville’s neighborhoods a chance to get a live sneak preview of “Romeo and Juliet” before it hits Louisville's Central Park this summer.

    “This touring production of Romeo and Juliet is really the kick-off to our upcoming summer-long festival for the city of Louisville,” says Kentucky Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director, Matt Wallace.


    “The first year we started with nine parks, last year we served eighteen parks, and this year we are delighted to serve twenty parks and neighborhoods throughout our area with free Shakespeare.”

    To find out when Romeo and Juliet is coming to a park near you, check out this list of the upcoming tour dates for Shakespeare in the Parks:

    Friday, April 22 at 6pm
    Highview Park, 7201 Outer Loop
    Rain Space: Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop


    Sunday, April 24 at 1pm
    E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, 3000 Freys Hill Road
    Rain Space: Portland Christian School, 8509 Westport Road


    Sunday, April 24 at 6pm
    Shawnee Park, 4501 West Broadway
    Rain Space will be the same


    Monday, April 25 at 4pm
    Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts – Front Steps, 501 W. Main Street
    Rain Space: Kentucky Center Todd Hall


    Friday, April 29 at 10am
    Russell Lee Park, 3701 Southern Avenue
    Rain Space: Southwick Community Center, 3621 Southern Avenue 


    Friday, April 29 at 7pm
    Big Four Station Park, Big Four Bridge, Jeffersonville
    Rain Space will be the same


    Saturday, April 30 at 6pm 
    Tyler Park, 1501 Castlewood Avenue
    Rain Space will be the same


    Sunday, May 1 at 6pm 
    Sun Valley Park, 6616 Ashby Lane
    Rain Space: Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane


    Friday, May 13 at 6:30pm
    Veteran's Memorial Park, 10617 Taylorsville Road
    Rain Space: Jeffersontown Community Center, 10617 Taylorsville Road


    Saturday, May 14 at 6pm
    Story Avenue Park, 1519 Story Avenue
    Rain Space: Crescent Hill United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peterson Avenue


    Sunday, May 15 at 6pm
    Petersburg Park, 5008 E. Indian Trail
    Rain Space: Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue

    And for those who just can’t wait to see “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at Shakespeare in the Park this summer, you can check out the official schedule here


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