Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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"Sound, music!—Come, my queen, take hands with me,
And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be."

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 fairies, a mischievous sprite and a troupe of bumbling actors collide. Join them in the forest as enchanting and peculiar schemes unfold across one unforgettable midsummer night.

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included.

Enjoying outdoor theatre: 

Attending an outdoor show in the Boulder foothills can be unpredictable. Come prepared to enjoy the adventure by reviewing our weather policy and attire suggestions. Learn more

Performance dates and times: 

Friday, June 5, 8 p.m. (preview)  $20-$61
Saturday, June 6, 8 p.m. (opening)  $30-$93
Friday, June 12, 8 p.m.  $26-$74
Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m.  $28-$87
Friday, June 19, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, June 20, 8 p.m.  $28-$93
Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.  $28-$87*
Wednesday, July 8, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, July 16, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Sunday, July 19, 7 p.m.  $28-$87
Friday, July 24, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Saturday, July 25, 8 p.m.  $28-$90
Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Friday, July 31, 8 p.m.  $23-$74
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.  $23-$74
Sunday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.  $32-$93

View full CSF 2020 Calendar

Buying options: 

Discounts for groups, youth, seniors, students, active military, CU employees and season ticket orders. Learn more

*Live caption and audio description performance: 

CSF will offer live caption and audio description services at the Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m. performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

If you are planning to attend the event and require these accommodations, please call or email the box office at 303-492-8008 / cupresents@colorado.edu. Reservations for this service should be made at the time of ticket purchase to ensure the best seating for this service.

For more information, please visit our accessibility page.

Colorado Shakes is about to go all ‘Midsummer glam-punk’ in 2020

"Whenever the Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces its annual summer season, it’s not so much 'What are they going to do?' as, 'How are they going to do it?'"

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Read the full review - Colorado Shakes is about to go all ‘Midsummer glam-punk’ in 2020

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 lineup

"An adaptation of ‘The Odyssey’ joins staples such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ at Boulder summer festival."

OnStage Colorado

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 lineup

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

"'For ‘Midsummer’ it’s really important that we take a really new, fresh, wild, crazy, funky approach—and make it a party as well,' Producing Artistic Director Tim Orr said. 'Carolyn understands that and understands that the value and beauty of the story is the lovers.'"

CU Presents

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

Performance Extras

Free Event
Classics 101 Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Classics 101

Learn all about the plays in Colorado Shakespeare…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Classics 101
Free Event
Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Preshow Talks

Before most performances, CSF offers a free preshow…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Preshow Talks
Free Event
Outdoor Cast Talkbacks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Cast Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Cast Talkbacks
Picnicking Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Picnicking

75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Free Event
Green Shows Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Green Shows

Enjoy some pre-show entertainment in the Shakespeare Garden…

Free Event
Shakespeare Garden Tours Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Garden Tours

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who…

Shakespeare Gift Cart Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit…

Plan your visit

Most CU Presents performances take place on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus. Take some time to explore our venues, find out how to get here, where to park and get more tips on what to do while you’re in town.

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Accessibility services at CU Boulder

The University of Colorado is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend an event and require accommodations, please contact CU Presents no later than 7 days before the event at cupresents@colorado.edu or 303-492-8008.

Accessibility - Accessibility services at CU Boulder

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Pericles

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