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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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A Comedy of Errors - make no mistake!

We have seen multiple and excellent performances at this Festival. 2016's Comedy of Errors was no exception. The reversal of gender roles, the setting of 1930's Paris... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have seen multiple and excellent performances at this Festival. 2016's Comedy of Errors was no exception. The reversal of gender roles, the setting of 1930's Paris, professional level acting, and the staging are brilliant. Tickets may be difficult to obtain as our performance was sold out. Other plays this season include: Equivocation, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, and Henry VI,... More 

Thank Judy C
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is brilliant! I've been going every summer for 30 years, and these productions, held on the beautiful University of Colorado campus, are some of the strongest I've ever seen! First: sitting in the outdoor amphitheater under the (usually) clear skies is a treat on a warm summer night. It's one of my favorite... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had high hopes though. Lot's of positive reviews and the setting is really nice - though why the small bar has to serve quite such execrable wine is a mystery. In the end though it's just not very good. Playing Shakespeare isn't easy and it proved too much of a stretch for most of the cast, not helped by... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With over 50 years of play-going under my belt, I can say that Equivocation is the best play I have seen, outside Shakespeare's plays themselves. And better acted, I can say without any equivocation. A wonderful play and wonderful acting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excelent Shakespeare Festival at Boulder campus of the University of Colorado. We saw a very good and funny adaptation of a Shakespeare play "Comedy of Errors", in an outside amphitheatre, very nice evening ....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great venue and good cast. Small and intimate. It is fun to be able to see Shakespeare outdoors. You get foldable cushions with a back to sit on which makes the night more enjoyable. The only downside to the evening is the location and limited number of restrooms.

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La Junta, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its been many, many years but we were able to return to see Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors." The production was great with a twist. A few times the leads may have played too much to the audience. Sometimes the sound was off. However, it was great to see live theater and am glad its going strong in Boulder!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Totally entertaining production of Comedy of Errors plus it's in a beautiful setting. Bring a picnic before and visit the Shakespeare Garden.

Thank Carol M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

😍😍😍😍 if you are a lover of William Shakespeare you would love and appreciate this Festival. They have people rehearsing and showcasing scenes from various Shakespearean plays it's definitely a worthwhile day to go.

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Thank you for your review, so glad that you enjoy the festival! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Having been to many a summer Shakespeare festival, the University of Colorado's one has plenty of talent and a nice location. You can picnic on campus before the performance or eat in Boulder at one of the many good restaurants. Depending on the month, it can be cool so bring layers (it's Colorado - "bring layers" is what we always... More 

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