5 Best Places for Live Theater in Louisville, Kentucky

Most people associate premier theater with cities like New York and Chicago (and they aren’t wrong). But the Bluegrass State of my youth is home to some world-class stage productions too.

There are some fabulous places for live theater in Louisville, Ky. And one of the top things to do in Louisville is to take in a live performance.

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

You can find everything from traditional performances, experiential collaborations, light-hearted whimsical concerts, and family-oriented opera.


Like all of the theater’s productions, this one lured nationally recognized talent and spared no expense on wardrobe, effects and scenery.

Actors Theatre of Louisville


The W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre

Experiences here are about the ambience as they are about the performers. The schedule is lighter than the other venues on our list and includes as much music and comedy as theater.


The Louisville Palace

Its combination of Spanish Baroque architecture and a functional marquee reminiscent of the Chicago Theatre is both impressive and a little off-putting.


Shakespeare in Central Park

The company runs multiple plays each summer – including comedies, tragedies and history shows. They also work with partner programs as well as their high school troupe.


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