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Performing Arts

Drama! Comedy! Dance! Opera! The Symphony! Broadway!

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.

You can really do it all in downtown Louisville. From spending the entire day in one of the city’s world-class museums, like the Speed Art Museum, to immersing yourself in downtown Louisville’s cultural attractions like The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The KentuckyShow! at the Kentucky Science Center, KMAC, or The Muhammad Ali Center. For admirers of the body in motion, there’s nothing like the Louisville Ballet, the state ballet of Kentucky.

Home to more than a dozen venues and performance companies, 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! Explore how Louisville does Theatre & Performing Arts.

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!

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Bard’s Town, The
Bardstown Rd./Baxter

Bard’s Town, The

The Bard's Town Restaurant, Theatre, and Lounge is uniquely Louisville, featuring local food, local spirits, and local art. Taking its lead from the original…

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Derby Dinner Playhouse
Southern Indiana

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Derby Dinner Playhouse is proud to be one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country. For over 35 years the…

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Headliners Music Hall
Bardstown Rd./Baxter

Headliners Music Hall

Locally owned and operated, HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL is the premiere live entertainment venue of Louisville, Kentucky. We bring the best local and national acts to…

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Kentucky Shakespeare
Old Louisville

Kentucky Shakespeare

Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich our community by presenting accessible, professional theater experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain…

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Louisville Orchestra, The
Downtown

Louisville Orchestra, The

The ensemble offers a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical &…

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