Are You Shakesperienced?

Please join Commonwealth Theatre Center for a memorable May as we complete the full canon of Shakespeare’s plays!

It’s been a long time coming (41 years, in fact!), and with this year’s Young American Shakespeare Festival our company becomes the first theatre conservatory for young people in the world to reach this awesome milestone.

The less-frequently produced plays King John and Henry VIII are CTC’s final shots to finish the canon. Running in repertory alongside them we’re proud to close the loop with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first Shakespeare play produced by the Walden Theatre Conservatory back in 1976.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

May 11 @ 7:30
May 13 @ 7:30
May 16 @ 7:30
May 20 @ 2:00
May 21 @ 8:00
directed by Charlie Sexton

In the mysterious, moonlit world of the woodland fairies, passions run amok and mischievous reversals rule the night for four young lovers. This most fiery of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies was the first play produced by the Walden Theatre Conservatory, and the play’s director, Artistic Director Charlie Sexton, appeared as Peter Quince in that first production.

King John

May 12 @ 7:30
May 14 @ 2:00
May 18 @ 7:30
May 20 @ 7:30
May 21 @ 4:00
directed by Jennifer Pennington

After his brother’s death, King John’s claim to the throne proves tenuous and his attempts to grasp it tighter lead to chaos at home and abroad. This infrequently produced play features everything one can ask of a Shakespeare history—theft, excommunication, adultery, civil war, shifting allegiances, and assassination.

Henry VIII

May 13 @ 12:30
May 14 @ 7:30
May 17 @ 7:30
May 19 @ 7:30
May 21 @ 12:30
directed by Heather Burns

The king has reached a pivotal moment in his life—and a turning point in the history of England—as the devotion of both his trusted advisor and his loyal first wife wears thin. This rarely performed history (originally titled All Is True) from the final years of Shakespeare’s career plays out the struggle Henry VIII faced as he sought to secure a future for his lineage and for his proud kingdom.


Evening show tickets are $15 adult and $10 student/senior and matinee show tickets are $10 adult and $8 student/senior. House opens 30 minutes before curtain and seating is general admission. Parking is on-street (parallel, no meters) or in the lot behind the building. For info or reservations, call 502.589.0084 or email All CTC students are entitled to a comp ticket to a performance of each show.

Festival Schedule

May 11 —Midsummer @ 7:30
May 12 —King John @ 7:30
May 13 —Henry VIII @ 12:30pm / Midsummer @ 7:30
May 14 —King John @ 2pm / Henry VIII @ 7:30
May 15 —(dark)
May 16 —Midsummer @ 7:30
May 17 —Henry VIII @ 7:30
May 18 —King John @ 7:30
May 19 —Henry VIII @ 7:30
May 20 —Midsummer @ 2pm / King John @ 7:30
May 21 — Henry VIII @ 12:30 / King John @ 4:00 / Midsummer @ 8:00