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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
+1 303-492-8008
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Ranked #5 of 59 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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95 reviews 95 reviews
47 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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Orlando, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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Virginia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Saw Merry Wives of Windsor during our first time at the Shakespeare Festival with friends who have been coming for years. Totally surprised by this presentation in 1960s style, with modification of dialogue, music, scenery and costume. Was a hoot, once you got into what you were seeing. All of us enjoyed it! Backrest seats provided, listening assistance available, but... More

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Lafayette, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We try to get to CSF every summer - seem to get rained out a lot, but not this year. The performance of "Merry Wives of Windsor", set in the 1950's, was fantastic - more interesting and witty with a few references to that period thrown in. Even my almost-teen daughter and her friend enjoyed it (let's just say they... More

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Conifer, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A great evening under cloudy skies. Sets were splendid and sound system was especially effective and unobtrusive. Thankful for the fold up seats to save my back, only wish this had been mentioned anywhere on line as I hauled some in for our party, needlessly it turns out. A few other words to visitors: Signage is horrible. Wandered trying to... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We love sitting uder the stars on a balmy summer night watching the plays. it doesn't get much better than that!

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Minneapolis
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6 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A terrific group of actors perform traditional and non-traditional Shakespearean plans in the Mary Rippon outdoor theater and indoors at the University Theater. Well worth the price of admission!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is truly a national treasure. I have been attending for more than20 years. The setting is the lovely Mary Rippon outdoor theater. Each year it is transformed for the var\ious productions. This year it is the Tempest and the hilarious Merry Wives of Windsor. THe outdoor theatre will transport you to another time, another place and... More

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Boulder
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

I have been an annual customer for over ten years and it just keeps getting better and better! Such a unique and fun experience. From picnicking in the park before performances to watching incredible acting under the stars, CSF is the whole package. Complimentary folding seats are awesome, new lighting this season is gorgeous and the sets never fail to... More

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