Watch and read: The 2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival season
‘Big shows’ highlight Colorado Shakespeare Festival 2019 offerings
By Adam Goldstein, Daily Camera Theater Critic
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival has earned the right to stage some blockbusters.
The CSF unveiled its 2019 season this week, and the lineup features some of the Bard of Avon’s best-loved and commercially viable titles: “Twelfth Night,” “As You Like It” and “Romeo and Juliet” figure into the lineup for the coming summer, and they’re all bound to have popular appeal for Boulder theatergoers. These three shows share the bill with a full production of “King Charles III: A Future History Play” by Mike Bartlett and a single, “Original Practices” production of Shakespeare’s history “King John.”
This roster comes two seasons after the festival completed its second complete tour through Shakespeare’s entire 38-play canon since 1976. It comes one season after the CSF ran its first season in recent memory that featured two full non-Shakespearean productions. Indeed, since taking the helm of one of North America’s oldest and most well-reputed Shakespeare festivals six years ago, Producing Artistic Director Tim Orr has made a point of delving into the more arcane corners of the playwright’s oeuvre.
The company has taken a decidedly different approach for 2019.
“Over the last four or five years, we’ve been exploring a lot of non-Shakespearean titles and some of Shakespeare’s more obscure titles, which is really what allowed us the luxury of being able to have a killer season like this,” Orr said.
“We’ll be presenting some of Shakespeare’s best-known, most enduring work. We haven’t been recycling big titles in the past five years, and we figured, you know what? We earned it. Let’s enjoy a summer of these wonderfully big shows.”