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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
+1 303-492-8008
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Ranked #7 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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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Bolderbean, Public Relations Manager at Colorado Shakespeare Festival, responded to this review

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

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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Boca Raton
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138 reviews 138 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We saw The Merry Wives of Windsor here on it's opening (practice) night and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I agree with some of the reviewers that the Box Office is hard to find but I am sure glad we made the effort. We took our teenagers and they loved it as well. It was an adaptation set in the 60s... More

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

We're so glad to hear you loved the show, hope to see you back with us soon! More

Georgetown, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We usually go to one of the Shakespeare Festival productions each summer. I Hate Hamlet was one of the best and certainly recommended.

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Boulder, CO
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Always a fun evening under the stars with a picnic dinner and professional actors that deliver outstanding performances. The members of the theater company run through a tough audition to be able to work at this festival.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Yesterday afternoon was a great treat for us. We saw the CU production of "I Hate Hamlet" indoors, where it was nice and cool. The actors, sets and production as a whole were all excellent. We loved Sam Gregory as John Barrymore -- but all roles were very well cast. Good theater at bargain prices, what more could Boulderites ask?

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denver, co
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

For two years we've been amazed by the performances but found the back office amateur at best. Theaters are hard to find, signage is practically nonexistent, and they do a poor job preparing patrons. Last year we realized when it was far too late that outdoor performances go on no matter the weather and there is no shelter. We spent... More

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

Thank you for taking time to review the Colorado Shakespeare Festival! We're so glad that you enjoyed the performances, but are sorry to hear that your overall experience was less than satisfying. Since last year, we have been working to make our pre-performance communications more helpful. However I'm very grateful that you've brought this year's concerns to our attention since... More

Boulder, Colorado
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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This festival has been happening for about 60 years. This play was rewritten as a hybrid between ole English and contemporary English and reset in the 1950s / 1960s. They offer discount tickets for the dress rehearsal, which this show was. The seats are sandstone benches but you can get a free stadium seat there. Start the outing by bringing... More

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We saw the Colorado Shakespeare Festival's production of "I Hate Hamlet" this last weekend and really enjoyed it. Very clever play that rewards a knowledge of Shakespeare's plays, but is also enjoyable for non-experts. The cast was excellent-Sam Gregory as the ghost of John Barrymore was outstanding. Only a few performances of this treasure so put it on your schedule... More

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