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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
+1 303-492-8008
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Ranked #5 of 61 Attractions in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Boulder, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The only draw back to this Festival is the lack of signage on campus to get you to the Mary Rippon Theater. We saw Merry Wives of Windsor set in the 60s and it was great.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We had a wonderful date night at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival on Boulder Campus this summer. Bonus, we ran into my wife's sister & her husband. CSF supplies comfy chairs and has cold beverages for sale. Service is oddly very SLOW. Aside from that, great experience. The actors were top notch and we had a wonderful evening. Bonus: strolling around... More

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The atmosphere at this outdoor theater is magical. Order a Bard's Ale at the concession stand and enjoy!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It is really a pleasant time, sitting under the stars in the cool Colorado air hearing Shakespeare's words. The outdoor venue is perfect. Is it the most inspired Shakespeare production you can find? No, but the actors are very competent and the direction is inoffensive and easy to follow. All in all I had a nice time. Good for families... More

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Excellent performances with some very clever production design. The indoor theater is OK, but nothing to brag about. The outdoor theater is a much nicer venue as long as the weather is pleasant.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We go annually to see at least one of the CO Shakespeare Festival productions and this year it was I Hate Hamlet. The indoor productions are quite different from the outdoor ones. Their always wonderful! Outdoors, they provide comfortable seats to put on the stone benches, they always play through inclement weather so be prepared if it might rain.

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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival's "Henry 4, Part 1," performed in the indooor theater, is a terrific production. While this play is historical drama, it focuses on relationships: Prince Hal interacting with his tavern cronies and Falstaff; Hotspur as the charismatic leader of the rebels; and King Henry himself, who must confront the rebels as well as his wayward son. All... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband and I having been attending this venue for about 25 years. We love the outdoor amphitheater. The acting, the staging, the customs and the entire event isexcellent. We enjoy their creative artistic license with a twist on these on classic plays - they make Shakespeare Fun!

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Bolderbean, Public Relations Manager at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, responded to this review

Thank you so much, we love having fun :-) More

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

While on the Banjo Billy's Boulder tour, our guide mentioned the CSF and what a great venue the outdoor theater was for seeing a play. Wow! Unexpected Shakespeare! We called the box office immediately and got great seats for the Tempest. The outdoor venue is prefect for this "fantasy-based" play of magic spells, flying fairies and monsters. While the plot... More

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New Castle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The ampitheatre is so well arranged that there's not a bad seat in the "house". The stage, lights, costumes, scenery, etc. as well as the acting was incredible. We're going back next year!

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