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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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Address: University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
Phone Number: +1 303-492-8008
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in...

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.

CSF strives to preserve the classics of the past and pursue the classics of the future. Fueled by artistry and scholarship, the festival seeks to expand the cultural richness of the region by inspiring, challenging, and cultivating the imagination of audiences and artists.

Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.

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Fun evening outdoors, under the colorado sky.

These performances are very fun. The stage is very close, and the venue is small, so the actors are right THERE!, acting their hearts out. The setting is beautiful, under the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

These performances are very fun. The stage is very close, and the venue is small, so the actors are right THERE!, acting their hearts out. The setting is beautiful, under the colorado sky. The sound is surprisingly good. Select your performance -- some are more traditional Shakespeare, and some give Shakespeare a new twist.

Thank judyisreadytogo
Lawrence, Kansas
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379 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We like going to see outdoor Shakespeare production around the country. This was our first time to the Colorado festival and we were very impressed. The staging is in the courtyard of the old theatre building. The seating in intimate, but not crowded. They benches are concrete, but they give everyone a good cushion to sit on. The actors are... More 

Thank Robert S
Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The venue: On the CU campus. Parking is reasonable. A few free lots if you arrive early, and ample low cost parking if it's busy. We saw a number of mobility challenged people at the event, and the staff seemed willing (even enthusiastic) to help. Good quality and reasonably priced refreshment options. The only negative is lack of adequate AC... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We attended a production of Much Ado About Nothing. Typically we go to one of the shows each summer and are never disappointed. The performers never fail to disappoint and attending a show here is always well worth the cost. I have never purchased food here but noticed that the prices seem quite high. For example a bottle of water... More 

Thank dil345
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

We went to see Much Ado About Nothing not knowing what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised. We showed up early and picnicked on the grounds. Our car was parked close by, so we didn't have to walk far to return our picnic items to the car. Shorts and Polos were the attire of the evening - so very... More 

Thank MileHighJacket
Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This production was fairly good, although nothing special. The theater area is very nice and very little traffic noise was heard. Be sure to get (or bring) a seat back, as the concrete seating will not be fun otherwise.

Thank Buzzy1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Really just a spectacular evening. Set on the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado, you are watching Shakespeare in the amazing Colorado twilight with the Flatirons as the backdrop. A very accessible Shakespeare experience - great way to introduce tweens/teens to the magic of the stage and to Shakespeare.

Thank mel s
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I've been attending CSF since 1988 and the current run of shows is among the best ever. Much Ado About Nothing was the best production I've seen yet. This summer I saw my first Othello and my 3rd or 4th Henry V. Love the consistency of the cast, the imaginative and stimulating set and costume design, and the gorgeous setting.... More 

Thank Janet S
Cooper City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We say "Much Ado about Nothing" at the outdoor theatre on the UC campus. What a great venue! This is a small theatre (seats about 1000) so any seat in the house is a good one. I didn't have high expectations for the quality of the show but was pleasantly surprised. The performance was excellent. Apparently the locals know about... More 

Thank caryon1
Frisco, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

This is the third year we have attended this festival on the University of Colorado campus. Every year there are four or five Shakespeare plays and on other (Treasure Island, Wittenberg, etc). The outdoor theater is comfortable and relatively intimate. The performances are absolutely first class with regard to the actors, costumes, set designs, choreography, music, etc. Sandwiches, salads and... More 

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