Murray Shakespeare Festival

2020 Festival

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.

HAMLET PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE (all performances are in Lovett Auditorium):

  • Wednesday, March 4: 10:00-11:30AM
  • Thursday, March 5: 10:00-11:30AM  &  7:00-8:30 PM 
  • Friday, March 6: 7:00-8:30 PM

 Tickets are available at the door. $5.00 for MSU students, faculty, staff, and regional students (with ID); $10.00 for the general public. Performances are 90 minutes with no intermission. A Talk-Back with the Kentucky Shakespeare actors follows each performance.



Shakespeare Flash Mob  [12:00-1:00pm in the Curris Center Rocking Chair Lounge] Open to all.

Discussion Panel: “Giving Sorrow Words: Exploring Grief as a Healthy Psychological Process.” [6:00-7:00PM in the Calloway County Public Library Meeting Room] Please join Drs. Michael Bordieri and Esther Malm from MSU’s Dept. of Psychology for an in-depth discussion of strategies for dealing with grief in one’s life. Free and open to all members of the public.


Public Lecture: Dr. Barbara Cobb. “Who Sees Ophelia Drown?” [4:30-5:30 PM in Waterfield Library Gallery] Please join Dr. Barbara Cobb of the Department of English and Philosophy as she explores the contradictions and paradoxes of Ophelia’s death as reported by Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare’s timeless classic, Hamlet. Free and open to all members of the public.

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

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