Don’t miss the Colorado Shakespeare Festival! The 58th Colorado Shakespeare Festival will take place this summer with several performances of some of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays from June through August. Make the trip up to Boulder at the University of Colorado campus for the performances at the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater and the newly renovated indoor University Theater.
The festival dates back to 1958 and has made a mission of celebrating Shakespeare, his work and his influence. Through education, community outreach and education, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival preserves the classics of the past while educating the future and ensuring new classics will follow.
Shakespeare classics that will be performed this season include Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Henry VI Part 1. There will also be performances of the new play Wittenberg by Colorado playwright David Davalos.
Opening June 5 and running through August 9, Much Ado About Nothing will be directed by Jim Helsinger. This classic play combines romance and comedy as men return from war while Benedrick and Beatrice face off in a war of words. Come see Much Ado About Nothing in the outdoors at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater.
This year, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will perform Othello for the first time since 1996. Directed by Lisa Wolpe, Othello will run from June 26 to August 8 at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater. A thriller that has passion, jealousy and murder centers around Othello the Moor and his wife Desdemona.
Come see Henry V at the University Theater from July 16 to August 9 which will complete the four-play Henriad history cycle that began in 2013. Directed by Carolyn Howarth, Henry V deals with Prince Hal and his march towards war with France.
For the first time since 1967, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will have performances of Henry VI, Part I on August 2 and 5. Focusing on Henry V’s son, the play also features Joan of Arc. This play only runs for two nights, so it may be tough to score a ticket but if you’re lucky enough to do so, this is a great performance to see!
From June 11 to August 8, see Wittenberg at the University Theater. This is the Colorado premier of an original play by playwright David Davalos. The play centers around Prince Hamlet, a senior at Wittenberg University in 1517 who is caught between freethinking Dr. Faustus and traditional Martin Luther. This is a funny and smart play that you won’t want to miss.
There are several great educational opportunities in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, including prologues before the plays, entertainment around the performances, actor talkbacks and much more.
Buy tickets by calling 303-492-8008, in person at the CU Presents Box Office or online.
Make sure to visit the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, just a short drive from downtown Denver. There are many great performances throughout the summer that you will not want to miss. This has been a longtime Colorado tradition.
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