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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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $23-$87

Kick off the season with a summer-long party! In this glam run of Shakespeare’s electric comedy, the paths of four young lovers, some feuding fa...

All's Well That Ends Well

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Jun 19-Aug 8, 2020

All's Well That Ends Well

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $19-$70

A smart and sexy coming-of-age romp set in elegant 1950s France, "All’s Well That Ends Well" introduces audiences to Helen and Bertram—one...

The Odyssey

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Jul 3-Aug 8, 2020

The Odyssey

By Homer, adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Full price: $20-$75

THE ODYSSEY by HomerAdapted by Mary ZimmermanAdapted from the translation of “The Odyssey” by Robert Fitzgerald In Mary Zimmerman’s...

Coriolanus

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Jul 17-Aug 9, 2020

Coriolanus

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $18-$73

Follow the tumultuous career of one of ancient Rome’s super soldiers in Shakespeare’s white-hot war play. An enduring, resonant tale, "Cor...

Pericles

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Aug 2, 2020

Pericles

By William Shakespeare
Full price: $21-$47

Summer’s hottest ticket is the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Original Practices performance. This summer, revisit "Pericles," the story ...

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