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Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre Photo: Zachary Andrews

Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
Photo: Zachary Andrews


Colorado Shakespeare Festival Magazine helps patrons understand the history and educational mission of the festival, which celebrates its 62nd anniversary in 2019. The magazine also provides informative articles about each production.

1 issue per season


The Festival features a professional theatre company that works with the University of Colorado Boulder. The Festival celebrates Shakespeare and his influence and vitality through exciting, high-quality productions.

Summer 2019 brings Shakespeare’s most popular plays including beloved romances and iconic heroines.

Plays are performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the recently renovated indoor University Theatre.


The Theatre has hosted plays since 1944, when Romeo and Juliet was staged. The stage, lighting and acoustics have been upgraded numerous times since.


The University Theatre is a traditional indoor proscenium stage with balcony seating located in the central part of the picturesque CU campus.





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Summer 2019 ISSUE

June 7 - August 11
Ad Deadline: April 26

June 7 - August 11
Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and her brother drowned (or so she thinks!), she begins to dress as a man named Cesario. Meanwhile, her twin Sebastian, very much alive and a near spitting image of Viola/Cesario, also makes his way into town with the help of a friendly outlaw. A night of laugh-out-loud revelry, unexpected romance and original live music from Rinde Eckert follows in this play led by one of the Bard’s most iconic heroines.

From left: Blake Williams, Elise Collins, Cindy Spitko, Austin Terrell (Tragedians), Kristofer Buxton (Alfred) and Sam Gregory (The Player) in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Photo by Jennifer Koskinen

From left: Blake Williams, Elise Collins, Cindy Spitko, Austin Terrell (Tragedians), Kristofer Buxton (Alfred) and Sam Gregory (The Player) in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Photo by Jennifer Koskinen

June 21 - August 10
After fleeing home to escape political persecution, Rosalind finds herself hiding in the countryside among a boisterous cast of characters, making unexpected acquaintances and experiencing the restorative power of love along the way. CSF’s intimate, theatrical production will feature a cast of eight portraying every role in the play.

July 7 - August 10
From the moment Romeo and Juliet first meet, they fall passionately in love despite their families’ historic feud. The lovers’ oaths are soon tested by forces beyond their control, and bitter division threatens to eclipse young love. Revisit one of the most breathtaking romances ever written, brought to life on stage with gorgeous poetry and explosive swordplay.

July 19 - August 11
In "King Charles III," playwright Mike Bartlett uses Shakespearean verse to envision a near future where personal privacy, public betrayals and a threat to free press collide in the days following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the royal family reimagined in the regional premiere of the Critic’s Circle Award-winner and Olivier Award-winner for Best New Play, as well as Tony nominee for Best New Play.

August 4
For one night only, see one of Shakespeare’s rarest history plays just as his own audiences did as part of CSF’s revered Original Practices event. In "King John," England and France battle for the throne following the death of King Richard the Lionheart.

Programming is subject to change and shows can be added, postponed or canceled.


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