Murray Shakespeare Festival

Courtesy of American Shakespeare Center. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Fourth Update: The Friday, March 6 10 AM performance of Hamlet has been canceled. 

Third Update:  Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Thursday's 10 AM performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Thursday's 7 PM performance of Hamlet are canceled. Watch for updates concerning the Friday, 10 AM performance of Hamlet.

Second Update: Per Dr. Rusty Jones: Due to weather concerns, the 5-6:30 PM American Shakespeare Center workshop at Playhouse in the Park has been canceled. The Thursday, 4-5 PM lecture on Hamlet on Film by Dr. Mickey Wadia from Austin Peay is also canceled. Please watch this page for updates on the Thursday, March 5, 10 AM production of Much Ado About Nothing, the Thursday, 7 PM production of Hamlet, and the Friday, March 6, 10 AM production of Hamlet.

Update: Sounds Good conversation with Dr. Rusty Jones and commentary by Dr. Andy Black about the Cinema International film Much Ado About Nothing added to this article.

The American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, Virginia, will grace the Lovett Auditorium stage once again with performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, March 2-6. Hear "A Minute With Shakespeare" on WKMS weekdays leading up to the performances at 7:19 a.m., 12:19 p.m. and 4:19 p.m.

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UPDATE: Dr. Rusty Jones braves the snow and ice on Monday, March 3 to come to the WKMS studio for a preview of the festival. Hear his conversation with Tracy Ross in the article below.

Love, marriage, jealousy and revenge are themes featured in this year's Murray Shakespeare Festival, featuring performances of Othello, Henry IV, Part 1 and The Merry Wives of Windsor on Murray State's Lovett Auditorium by the American Shakespeare Center. Tickets to the shows are $7 for MSU students, faculty and staff; $12 for the general public. See the full schedule of performances and special events below.

Next week, the American Shakespeare Festival returns to the Murray State campus to present Shakespeare's hilarious comedy Twelfth Night and John Webster's gripping tragedy The Duchess of Malfi. Check out the full festival schedule, which also includes an exciting lineup of workshops, film screenings, and stimulating scholar-led discussions at Festival organizers Dr. Barbara Cobb and Dr. Rusty Jones came to the studio to read some Shakespeare and talk about some of the more... interesting elements of  both featured productions.