Summertime in Boulder is awash with fabulous things to do, especially outdoors. Between hikes and bike paths, concerts, and patios with excellent craft beer, Boulder has everything outdoors for anyone’s taste who wants to catch a few rays. One of the most engaging, exciting things to do outside is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, nicknamed “Shakespeare Under the Stars.”
This summer Boulder celebrates CSF’s 58th season of Shakespeare under the stars, and has hit the ground running after last year’s critically acclaimed season, after an upheaval of artistic directorship shifts and the like. CSF hires artists and organizers from all over the country to create its sets, costumes, characters, and organize the events and audiences surrounding the thousand-seat theatre. Actors play multiple roles across the (usually) four plays produced, and the connection to CU Boulder means that a lucky few of its theatre majors intern and understudy within its ranks. The gorgeous outdoor theatre is the perfect venue for Shakespearean productions, which were originally performed outdoors (albeit in the daytime).
This season includes such classics as Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as the gripping “histories” of Henry V and Henry IV, Part I. Also part of this summer’s CSF selections is the Colorado premiere of Shakespeare-related comedy Wittenberg, which is offered in CSF’s indoor theatre (in case you need to nurse a sunburn and stay inside).
So pack your picnic and make CSF an event: if you haven’t yet had the experience of what Time Magazine called one of the best Shakespeare festivals in the country, what are you waiting for? Visit coloradoshakes.org or call 303.492.8008 for tickets.
Love the bard? Get a season pass to the festival here.
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