Murray Shakespeare Festival

2018 Festival

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage with two performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth
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The Weird Sisters

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Macbeth haunted

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Performance Schedule

The American Shakespeare Center will return to Lovett Auditorium during the week of March 7, 2018. Live entertainment begins 30 minutes before each show, so arrive early!

Wednesday, March 7, 10 AM

Thursday, March 8, 10 AM

Prices are $7 for Murray State students, faculty, and staff (with ID); $12 for the general public. Price for children under 12 and students from other institutions is also $7.00. Presale tickets are available in Faculty Hall, 7A Suite; day-of ticket sales are at the Lovett Box office starting one hour before each performance.

Shakespeare Minutes from Past Festivals

As a special treat, please enjoy these "Minutes with Shakespeare" from past festivals. Produced by local NPR member station WKMS, these gems pack the fun and wonder of Shakespeare's memorable characters into 60 seconds!

Check out past "Minutes with Shakespeare" here!

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Teacher Resources

Check out our Shakespeare in the Schools teacher resources page for fun lesson plans.

In the Media

WKMS Highlights 2016 Festival

content from WKMS

Rusty Jones on WKMS Sounds Good

"A Minute with Shakespeare"

Highlight Videos

New! Festival 2013 highlight videos by Roundabout U:
Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Schools

Festival 2012 video: Shakespeare in the Schools.

Festival 2011 video: Festival highlights.

And More Media...

Werewolves and a Singing Fool...
At the WKMS studios, Murray Shakespeare Festival organizers Dr. Barbara Cobb and Dr. Rusty Jones talk about some of the more interesting elements of Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and John Webster's gripping tragedy The Duchess of Malfi.

The Bard or Not the Bard?
Murray Shakespeare Festival Chair Dr. Rusty Jones discusses fact versus Hollywood in this interview about the movie Anonymous with local NPR member station WKMS. See the New York Times story "Hollywood Dishonors the Bard."

Related Links and More

Festival Contact

Dr. William "Rusty" Jones
270-809-2397 phone

Ticket Information

Murray Shakespeare Festival

Tickets are available in the 7A Suite, Faculty Hall, until the day of each performance. Thereafter, tickets are available at the box office in Lovett Auditorium, starting one hour before each performance.