Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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Coordinates: 40°0′24″N 105°16′2″W / 40.00667°N 105.26722°W / 40.00667; -105.26722

The Mary Rippon Theatre, outdoor venue for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a Shakespeare Festival each summer at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the outdoor Mary Rippon Theater and indoor University Theatre. The Mary Rippon Theater hosted an annual summer Shakespeare play starting in 1944. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958, featuring Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew.[1] Today it is considered one of the top festivals in the country.[2] In 1975, it became the second American Shakespeare festival, and seventh theater in the world, to complete the entire Shakespeare canon.[1] Each year the festival attracts, on average, numbers "in the mid-30,000 range".[2]

The 2013 season features

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare)
  2. Macbeth (Shakespeare)
  3. Richard II (Shakespeare)

Two plays about Shakespeare:

  1. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
  2. Women of Will: The Overview

And, one non-Shakespearean play,

  1. Making America: No Little Rebellion, by Constance Congdon

The festival employs a staff of approximately 170 actors, artisans and technicians each season, who come from points as far away as Egypt and Germany, in addition to major regional theatres across the continental USA. Directors of recent note include Joel Fink.


  1. ^ a b "History". Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b Collins, Mark (June 21, 2007). "Colorado Shakespeare Festival celebrates 50 years". Boulder Daily Camera. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 

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