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Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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Address: University of Colorado campus, Boulder, CO
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Great setting, plays are hit, good or... sometimes a miss

I've attended over a dozen plays at CSF over 10 years, and though it is something look forward to every summer, I have to admit that I feel mixed about the quality of the... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
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coloradan gal
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

I've attended over a dozen plays at CSF over 10 years, and though it is something look forward to every summer, I have to admit that I feel mixed about the quality of the performances. Some are really very good, but I'm sad to say that I have also had bad luck in terms of staging direction and acting. Most... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

This is always a highlight of our summer. Beautiful outdoor Amphitheatre . Small imitate setting, clever set designs. and great acting. It does not get much better. Not a bad seat in the house. Go early and sit outside with a pinic. You can even order one ahead of time , if you don't want to bring your own. Get... More 

Thank katfish219
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I personally am a HUGE Shakespeare fan and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival does such a good job every year. This year I went to see "Cymbeline" and "A Comedy of Errors" and both were amazing. I love how each year they choose a Shakespeare show to put in a different time period and in those shows, they reverse the some... More 

Thank Zoe W
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Went to see Comedy of Errors in their outdoor theatre. Absolutely loved it. The theatre is lovely and they handed out folding bleacher seats. A little hard to find where to go if you're not familiar with the campus, but well worth it.

Thank Andrea R
Boulder, CO
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

This season, the CSF has chosen for its non-Shakespearean play Bill Cain's "Equivocation." This brilliant play speculates on how Shakespeare's company would have reacted to a request by King James's prime minister to put on a play about the Gunpowder plot (1605). In attempting to do so, Shakespeare ("Shag") becomes caught up in the political shenanigans surrounding this so-called plot... More 

Thank JLAcademic
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Outdoor theater under the growing stars on a warm Colorado summer evening - what could be better? This theater company runs several shows in an outdoor and a nearby indoor space throughout the summer. We choose a performance outside, which can be risky, as the show will go on even if it's raining (but not if there;s lightning). We lucked... More 

Thank BethCentennial
Georgetown, Texas
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

We attended Comedy of Errors which set in a more modern time this year. The performers were so talented and had to deal with some rain around the middle of the performance. The play we attended was sold out which happens quite a bit. If you have not attended any of the summer performance of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival just... More 

Thank dil345
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Comedy of Errors was excellent. It is hard to believe that they can continue to assemble such a talented cast year after year. The French cabaret flavor to this production made it even better. Don't miss this one!

Thank jrstowell
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I've attended CSF plays several times in the last several years and have always had a great time. Last night, however, a friend of mine and I attended "A Comedy of Errors" and it was phenomenal. If you go, allow enough time before the play begins to enjoy a boxed luck in the Shakespeare gardens. Order yours 2 days before... More 

Thank Nancy W
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

Everyone who loves Shakespeare should see this additional modern play performed this summer by the CSF. It was astounding. Fantastic writing, amazing acting. This play challenges the audience and makes one think about history (what do we really know), theater, and language. I rated the overall CSF as a 4 just because the gender swapping in two of the plays... More 

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