Murray Shakespeare Festival

2019 Festival

March 8-9 @ 7:30pm. March 10 @ 2:30 pm. March 12 and 13 @ 10:00 AM as part of the Murray State University's Shakespeare Festival. Performed in Robert E. Johnson Theatre and produced jointly with Murray State Department of English and Philosophy. Much Ado About Nothing pokes fun at the language of love, for and against, as Beatrice’s words “I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me” suggest. This comedy also highlights the consequences of gossip and deception as well as the importance of honor in the pursuit of position and romance.

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare Festival 2018

Performance Schedule

Performed in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre, first floor, Fine Arts (adjacent to the elevators).

Much Ado About Nothing
March 8-9, 7:30 PM

Much Ado About Nothing
March 10, 2:30 PM

Much Ado About Nothing
March 12-13, 10 AM

Ticket Prices: 

All performances are FREE for Murray State University students with ID. 

March 8-10: $13 for Murray State faculty and staff (with ID) and secondary school students; $15 for the general public. (Not recommended for children under 12.) 

March 12-13: $5 for all secondary school students (chaperones free); $10 for Murray State faculty and staff (with ID).

Presale tickets for March 8-10 performances at Student groups for March 12-13 may reserve by emailing All other tickets for March 12-13 are day-of box office sales only. 

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