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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
+1 303-492-8008
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Ranked #6 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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Minneapolis
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132 reviews 132 reviews
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171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW 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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Lafayette, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I haven't laughed this much at a show for a long time. The play is very well cast, and the whole cast is great, but the two leads are incredible. It helps to know a little about Hamlet (the references are, however, just to the bits of Hamlet which are really a part of the general culture.) It also helps... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We've been going to CSF most seasons for over 20 years, and the two shows we've seen so far this season ("I Hate Hamlet" and "The Tempest") were both great productions with excellent casts. We love the ambiance of the outdoor Mary Rippon theater, and the production out there of the "Tempest" was no exception. But the more intimate indoor... More

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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you love the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, but need a break from Shakespeare, try the CSF production of "I Hate Hamlet" performed in the indoor theater. The play is a delightful comedy, set in contemporary times, featuring the ghost of John Barrymore.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Romance and revels await at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Set in the cozy embrace of Hellems Arts & Sciences, the Mary Rippon theater was transformed for the production of "The Tempest" and transported myself and my companion to an island full of magic and dreams. I would recommend the Shakespeare festival for anyone who enjoys theater and the outdoors as... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is our fourth year of the Shakespeare festival, we typically see three performaces a season and I look forward to it every year. Some shows are at the outdoor theatre and some inside so if you're looking specifically for the outdoor theatre be sure to pay attention when booking your tickets. The Mary Rippon theatre is incredible, there's not... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

As an English major with a particular fondness for Hamlet, I had to practically drag someone to see this production with me. We were skeptical at first, but we were glad we went! I especially loved the allusions to Shakespeare's other plays!

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Thank you for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed the play! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Liberties are taken in setting Merry Wives in 1962. Loved the 60's music. The production is laugh out loud funny. As always, the acting is superb. We did get some light rain, but the production continued.

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