MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray Shakespeare Festival is coming to Murray State University March 3-6, featuring several events and performances centered around the works of legendary poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

The 20th annual Murray Shakespeare Festival will welcome Kentucky Shakespeare, a troupe from Louisville, Kentucky, to campus as the highlight of the 2020 festival. The troupe will perform Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on Lovett Auditorium’s stage March 4-6. 

The Murray Shakespeare Festival is coming to Murray State University March 3-6, featuring several events and performances centered around the works of legendary poet and playwright William Shakespeare.

Almost 700 high school students across the area plan to come to town to participate. 

The “Hamlet” performance schedule is as follows: 

  • Wednesday, March 4: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 5: 10-11:30 a.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6: 7-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door. Murray State students, faculty, staff and regional students (with ID) can attend for $5, and the general public admission price is $10. Performances are 90 minutes with no intermission. A Q&A with the Kentucky Shakespeare actors will follow each show.

Other related events include the Shakespeare flash mob, a discussion panel on exploring grief as a healthy psychological process, a public lecture presented by Murray State’s Dr. Barbara Cobb and Shakespeare games at the Curris Center Rocking Chair Lounge March 3 from 12-1 p.m, including insult Juliet, skull hot-potato and pool-noodle Hamlet.

For more information and for school group reservations, call 270-809-2397, or contact festival chair Dr. Rusty Jones at wjones1@murraystate.edu.

Find a full schedule at murraystate.edu/shakespeare.

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