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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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Love's Labour's Lost

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Jun 8-Aug 12, 2018

Love's Labour's Lost

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $20

Start your summer with a frothy, funny celebration of love and learning. In the bucolic Kingdom of Navarre, four attractive young men make a pact to s...

Richard III

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Jun 22-Aug 11, 2018

Richard III

By William Shakespeare
Starting at $20

The Bard’s most murderous, malicious and mesmerizing king comes to the CSF indoor stage for the first time. Richard, Edward IV’s deformed ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

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Jul 6-Aug 11, 2018

Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand
Starting at $20

The inspiration behind the hit film “Roxanne,” Edmond Rostand’s timeless romantic comedy has it all: passion, panache and thrilling ...

You Can't Take It With You

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Jul 20-Aug 12, 2018

You Can't Take It With You

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Starting at $20

Seize the rare opportunity to see a hit screwball comedy on the professional stage. When Alice brings her boyfriend’s traditional, straight-lace...

Edward III

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Aug 5, 2018

Edward III

By William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd
Starting at $20

CSF’s beloved ‘Original Practices’ tradition continues with the gripping history play that’s been mired in mystery for hundred...

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