Shakespeare Festival

2023 Shakespeare Festival

The 23rd annual Murray Shakespeare Festival will return to the beautifully renovated Lovett Auditorium this March, 2023.

Kentucky Shakespeare's traveling company will come to Murray to stage three performances of Shakespeare's finest tragedy, Hamlet, on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, March 8: 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 9: 10 a.m.
  • Friday, March 10: 7 p.m.


Tickets are $5.00 for all students and Murray State faculty and staff (with ID). General public tickets are $10.00. Tickets are available at the Lovett box office on the day / evening of the performance.

For more information or to reserve tickets for large groups (especially school groups), contact the festival Chair, Dr. Rusty Jones, at or call 270.809.2397. 

Free Festival Events

Festival events are free and open to the community.

Acting Workshop

"Hip Hop Shakespeare" presented by Kentucky Shakespeare's Traveling Company

Thursday, March 9, 5-6 p.m.
Playhouse in the Park Annex, 907 Arcadia Circle

Ages 12 and up

Support the Shakespeare Festival

Since 2000, the Murray State Shakespeare Festival has helped thousands of K-12 students see Shakespeare come alive for the first time. Your support makes the Shakespeare Festival possible and gives students and community members the chance to see unforgettable performances at an affordable price. 

Donate to the Shakespeare Festival

Become a sponsor

Interested in being a corporate sponsor? Contact Kala Allen-Dunn in the Office of Development to learn more about sponsorship levels and giving options. Email Kala at or call 270.809.3940.


For more information about tickets and festival events, contact Dr. William "Rusty" Jones at 270.809.2397 or

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