Author: Steven McElroy, The New York Times

THE NEW YORK TIMES: 15 Summer Theater Festivals (And More)

Ah, sizzling burgers and a tasty side of the arts. We’ve picked the top festivals in theater, dance, pop and classical that we think you should see this spring and summer around the country.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

BOULDER, COLO., JUNE 11-AUG. 13.

As in most summers, there are many productions of “Hamlet” planned around the country, but in Colorado they’ll shake things up by casting a woman, Lenne Klingaman, in the title role. In the same season, Ms. Klingaman will play Hamlet in Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”

Those shows will be staged indoors, while “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Julius Caesar” and “Henry VI, Part 3” will take place under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. Worth noting: The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is also taking an unusual approach to “Hamlet” (June 2-25), with a male and a female actor alternating performances in the title role.

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Twelfth Night

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Jun 7-Aug 11, 2019

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Season ticket orders start at $28

Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. Wh...

As You Like It

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Jun 21-Aug 10, 2019

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $18

After fleeing home to escape political persecution, Rosalind finds herself hiding in the countryside among a boisterous cast of characters, making une...

Romeo and Juliet

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Jul 7-Aug 10, 2019

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $18

From the moment Romeo and Juliet first meet, they fall passionately in love despite their families’ historic feud. The lovers’ oaths are s...

King Charles III

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Jul 19-Aug 11, 2019

King Charles III

A future history play by Mike Bartlett
Starting at $17

In "King Charles III," playwright Mike Bartlett uses Shakespearean verse to envision a near future where personal privacy, public betrayals and a thre...

King John

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Aug 4, 2019

King John

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $21

For one night only, see one of Shakespeare’s rarest history plays just as his own audiences did as part of CSF’s revered Original Practice...

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