Murray Shakespeare Festival

2020 Festival

March 4-6

The Murray Shakespeare Festival is excited to welcome the actors from Kentucky Shakespeare to Murray State University as the highlight of our 2020 Shakespeare festival. On March 4th-6th, 2020, the troupe's performances of Shakespeare's masterpiece tragedy, Hamlet, will grace the stage of Lovett auditorium on the Murray State campus.

Performance Schedule:

Daytime Performances March 4th and 5th 10 am

Evening Performances  March 5th and 6th    7 pm

Performances are 90 minutes (no intermission).

A Talk-Back with the Kentucky Shakespeare actors follows each performance.

For more information, and for school group reservations, call (270) 809-2397, or contact Festival Chair Dr. Rusty Jones at

The Festival's organizers are thrilled to begin a new partnership with Kentucky Shakespeare, a fantastically talented artistic organization founded and based in our own home state. We hope to see you, your students, your family, and your friends at both the performances and at the other fabulous Shakespeare Festival events. Check back for the complete Festival schedule. 


Murray Shakespeare Festival Archive:

Festival Director Rusty Jones on WKMS Sounds Good 2016

Festival's WKMS "A Minute with Shakespeare" Archive

Festival highlight videos by Murray State University Roundabout U: 
Shakespeare in the Park 2013 Shakespeare in the Schools 2013  Shakespeare in the Schools 2012 Festival highlights 2011

WKMS Radio Interview:  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.
WKMS Radio Interview: Murray Shakespeare Festival Chair Dr. Rusty Jones discusses fact versus Hollywood in this interview about the movie Anonymous. See the New York Times story "Hollywood Dishonors the Bard."

More Archive "Minutes":

Festival Contact

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