Performing Arts : Official Travel Source

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Performing Arts

To see or not to see, there's no question

It’s all happening in Louisville’s theaters. On our stages, you’ll find Shakespeare rubbing elbows with Tennessee Williams, as well as the latest touring shows from Broadway. In addition to all the theatrical standards, Louisville is also home to cutting-edge staged readings and thrilling, large-scale outdoor performances.

Home to more than a dozen venues and performance companies - including Actors Theatre, the Kentucky Performing Arts and Derby Dinner Playhouse - Louisville’s stages (indoor and outdoor) fill the city with the life and energy of drama and musical comedy, ballet and modern dance, and even dinner theatre!

As home to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the oldest ongoing celebration of the Bard’s work in the country, it’s no surprise Louisville is a hotbed of the performing arts.

Explore the venues, shows, and festivals listed below to find a Louisville theater and performing arts experience worth remembering!


Stephen Foster Story, The

Bardstown, KY

This spectacular musical, with a cast of more than 50 performers, is based on the life of America's first great composer,...