The Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Opens its 61st Season in Boulder

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival kicks off a new era in its 61st season with Love’s Labour’s Lost and Richard III, as originally announced in October.

For the first time in many years, CSF will also put on two plays not written by the Bard: Cyrano de Bergerac and You Can’t Take it With You.

A play thought to be co-written by William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd, Edward III, will round out this year’s summer season.


  • Love’s Labour’s LostJune 8-Aug. 12
    • A lighthearted homage to CSF’s academic settings on the CU Boulder campus (more here), Love’s Labour’s Lost is a play in which four young men make a pact to concentrate only on learning and swear off love—just as the four loves of their lives wander by.
    • The first production in a season dubbed “a summer of love and ambition,” Love’s Labour’s Lost is a must-see romantic comedy starring a diverse cast that play interracial couples on stage.
  • Richard IIIJune 22-Aug. 11
    • 400 years before House of Cards or Game of Thrones, Shakespeare shares a dark political drama that explores corruption in the government that will feel startlingly relevant to contemporary audiences.
    • The CSF production explores timely themes surrounding the portrayal and agency of women, whose roles have historically been cut dramatically in productions of the play but are strong and vibrant here.
  • Cyrano de BergeracJuly 6-Aug. 11
    • A huge production under the stars, CSF will tell one of the greatest love stories of all time: a comedy complete with elaborate swordplay, gorgeous language, and a timeless romance.
    • Extensive makeup and prosthetic work will be done to dress up the iconic Cyrano, played by CSF veteran Scott Coopwood.
  • You Can’t Take it With YouJuly 20-Aug. 12
    • This three-act classic screwball comedy premiered on Broadway in 1936 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Dramaone year later; its subsequent film adaptation won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.
    • Being performed by the same company members as Richard III, these plays present a thought-provoking study in contrasts. While England’s short-lived monarch is ambitious to a fault, Moss and Hart’s 1930s classic presents the revolutionary idea that ambition and success don’t necessarily lead to happiness.
  • Edward IIIAug. 5
    • CSF will perform Edward III for the first time in its history. The play’s authorship is mired in mystery. While many reputable scholars believe both Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd had a hand in writing it, no one is sure which man penned the majority.
    • Part of CSF’s ‘Original Practices’ tradition, Edward III is a unique, one-night-only performances inspired by the stage practices and styles of Shakespeare’s own time.

Stay tuned for more story ideas and preview opportunities. We will send additional information to arts reporters two weeks before each production opens.


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