There’s an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the arts in Boulder this summer, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a can’t-miss for theatre enthusiasts. Interested in attending the shows? Take a look at the schedule below:
About the Festival
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a longstanding tradition that’s entering its 60th season. Presented in association with the University of Colorado Boulder, this series of Shakespearean shows aims to connect the community with the classics and inspire the next generation of artists. In addition to the stunning performances, the festival provides extensive educational opportunities for young thespians. This year, the plays will be hosted in the gorgeous setting of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and the recently upgraded University Theatre. The shows will run from June 8 to August 12, 2018, so be sure to order tickets soon if you’re looking forward to attending.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost is a great choice if you’re in the mood for a witty storyline that will touch your heart. If you’re not familiar with this beloved play, it follows the saga of four young men who hope to dedicate their next three years to fastidious studying and fasting. Almost immediately upon making this pact, they connect with four lovely ladies who leave them struggling to stick to their ambitious academic goals. Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, and while it’s lesser-known than many of his other works, it’s a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
Many of Shakespeare’s works are fraught with life lessons, and Richard III is an example of the price of acting in bad faith. Ambitious by nature, the younger brother of Edward IV schemes to steal the crown. After a bloody and deceitful journey to the throne, Richard meets his inevitable downfall soon after becoming king. Written in the early 1590s, this tragedy holds warnings that still ring true.
The highpoint of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Edward III, is only here for one day: Sunday, August 5 at 6:30 pm. This special performance of Edward III is sure to be a treat for lovers of authentic theatre, as the setting and stage practices are reminiscent of Shakespearean times. This mysterious historical play offers a gripping storyline that’s enhanced by the incredible acting and scenic design. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so be sure to order them soon if you’d like to attend.
The annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival is one of the many events that make Boulder such a treasured place to live. Our selection of entertainment and the local arts scene are second to none, and this summer series is an excellent opportunity to experience classic works by the ever-influential William Shakespeare. The plays mentioned here aren’t the only performances on the schedule, so visit this website to peruse the full lineup.