Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Much Ado About Nothing, 2003. Photo by Lou Costy Photography
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Country and Region United StatesColorado
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Boulder, Colorado, USA
Festival Contact Information

CU Boulder Campus
Boulder, CO 80309 USA
Phone: 303-492-0554

Festival Description

Experience classic theatre at its best in the shadow of the majestic Flatiron Mountains. Enjoy gorgeous summer evenings with gourmet picnics, backstage tours, the Shakespeare gardens, free Green Show concerts, and “Prologue,” an introductory discussion with Producing Artistic Director Philip Sneed. The plays this summer are Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Bring a date or bring the family. (Kids 5 -12 can come for just $5.00, and students 13 – 17 get half-priced tickets for Orchestra and Upper Circle seats).

Festival Dates June 16 - August 12, 2012
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Festival Story:

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) began in 1958 and is now in its 51st season. The professional, Equity Guest Artist and non-Equity summer theatre festival began it inaugural edition with productions of Julius Caesar, Hamlet and The Taming of a Shrew, today CSF presents five productions each summer, several plays on the stage of the picturesque, Greek-style Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and several in the indoor, proscenium University Theatre, both located on the grounds of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

With the production of Cymbeline in 1975, the CSF became the seventh theatre in the world to complete the entire Shakespearean canon of 37 plays. In 2007, CSF introduced a sixth play, a holiday offering, in the indoor University Theatre. In December of 2007, the play was an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival draws as many as 40,000 audience members each season, 10% of whom come from outside the state of Colorado. Each summer The Festival hires 5 directors, approximately 40 actors, 9 designers, and over 150 production personnel. Including the administrative staff, apprentices, interns, and volunteers, the entire CSF company may number well over 180. In November and December, the holiday play utilizes two dozen personnel. CSF also offers several other programs to accompany the Festival, such as Shakespeare in Production, a sequence of courses that deals with all aspects of producing Shakespeare’s plays; Prologue, an informal introduction to each performance by Producing Artistic Director Philip Charles Sneed or other CSF staff members; Green Show activities including free music; a free Actors’ Talkback series, and school outreach programs. “Living Shakespeare,” the CSF school outreach program, has given over 600 performances throughout Colorado public schools since its inception in 1991, and is seen annually by approximately 5,000 students and teachers.


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Practical Info:

  • University of Colorado Campus
    Broadway St & College Avenue
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and University Theatre
    Boulder, Colorado
Tickets 2009:
  • Box Office after June 2, 2009
  • Phone +01 303-492-0554
  • Tickets on-line
  • Prices
    • Adult prices see web site at
    • Children ages 5 to 12 — $5.00
    • Students aged 13 to 17 get half-priced tickets for Orchestra and Upper Circle seats).


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