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CU Presents charges a 10% service fee for single tickets (or a $10 + 2% fee for season tickets). Group sales are charged a flat $15 fee per order.
Revenue from these fees funds essential operating needs (such as ticketing software, staffing and infrastructure), which allows us to provide patrons with outstanding service.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer exchanges or refunds after the performance.
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CU Presents events will be held as scheduled unless the CU Boulder campus is closed. Campus closures will be announced on the CU Boulder website. In the event the campus is closed and an event is canceled, CU Presents will try to reschedule the event and contact ticket purchasers. If the event cannot be rescheduled, ticket holders should call the box office at 303-492-8008 to arrange for ticket credit.
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre weather policy (Colorado Shakespeare Festival):
The Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre will be closed for renovations in 2024 and possibly 2025. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs rain or shine. Come prepared to enjoy the adventure by reviewing our weather policy and attire suggestions.
Decisions on whether to cancel for inclement weather usually are not made until curtain time. Performances will proceed unless weather conditions become threatening to performers or the audience. Because evening weather in the foothills can be somewhat unpredictable, please check the weather report before you come and dress for the forecast.
We recommend that you wear what makes you feel comfortable for the outdoor show-going experience, whether it’s shorts and a t-shirt or a suit and tie. You might want a jacket after sunset or need to bring rain gear. (Umbrellas and other items that might block someone’s view are prohibited. Grab your poncho or rain slicker instead!)
In the event that the entire CU Boulder campus is closed due to weather, CSF will notify patrons via the website and box office telephone and will provide instructions for ticket exchanges.
Boulder fire regulations require everyone, regardless of age, to have a ticket in order to enter the auditorium. Please consider the content of the show and use your discretion about whether your child will enjoy a 90+ minute performance without disruption.
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival does not permit children under 5 at any performance.
Each of our venues has specific accessibility policies, please visit our accessibility page for more information.
CU Presents does not allow unauthorized photography or recording of any kind at its performances.
Please silence all mobile devices, watches, etc. before a performance begins. Laptops, tablets, phones and other mobile devices must be switched to silent mode in the hall. All screens must be off when performers are on the stage to avoid disturbing other patrons.
In some venues for some performances, mobile devices can be used for accessibility accommodations. Please visit our accessibility page for more information.
Late seating is at the discretion of the house manager based on the performers’ instructions and will occur at an appropriate moment during the performance. Due to the intimate nature of the venues, there is no late seating in the Loft Theatre, Music Theatre or ATLAS Black Box.
Many people ask us what proper dress is for CU Presents. We recommend that you wear whatever you would feel comfortable in for an evening out at a nice restaurant in Boulder.
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre (Colorado Shakespeare Festival)
The Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre will be closed for renovations in 2024 and possibly 2025. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival performs rain or shine. While the weather in Boulder is typically warm during CSF’s summer season, evenings can be chilly, and occasional rain showers and thunderstorms occur. We recommend that you wear what makes you feel comfortable for show-going, whether it’s shorts and a t-shirt or a suit and tie. For early shows, we advise light dress and a warmer layer, such as a sweater or wind jacket. We also encourage patrons to prepare for unexpected showers with light rain gear, as open umbrellas are not allowed in the theatre. Open umbrellas, or anything that might block another patron’s view, are prohibited during a performance.
Many people have scent sensitivities or are highly allergic to perfumes. Because a concert experience places people in an enclosed environment, consider avoiding perfumes, cologne, after-shave and scented lotions.
Light snacks and beverages are for sale at all Artist Series, Department of Theatre & Dance University Theatre and Macky Eklund Opera events.
Food is not for sale at Takács Quartet and Eklund Opera Music Theatre concerts.
Where to get your CSF Shakes-beer this summer
We are excited to announce the return of Left Hand Brewing Co. beer to CSF’s concession offerings in 2023! Two choices will be available in chilled cans, a Vienna lager and an Irish stout. CSF will also sell water and light refreshments on site.
We will not offer meals or wine at our concession stands. We encourage you to bring your own pre-show picnic to enjoy on the surrounding lawns or to stop by one of the many small businesses in the area that support the festival for a pre- or post-show cocktail. Please remember that private alcohol consumption is not permitted on campus or in CSF’s licensed venues.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the CU Boulder campus.
CU Presents has openings for staff, student and volunteer positions year-round.
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Colorado Shakespeare Festival questions
Preview performances afford audiences a reduced ticket price for a “sneak peek” of the completed production. Be the first audience to see the play in its entirety with directors and designers in the house. Preview performances are the night prior to opening night.
Most CSF plays run between two and three hours, with intermission.
Most people catch on to the rhythm of the language after five to 10 minutes. A free program contains synopses, character listings and information provided by directors.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit, professional theatre company launched by and in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. The university supports the work of CSF in many ways, providing performance and rehearsal space, access to costumes and scene shops, and marketing and box office services.
CSF relies in part on state funds. Ticket sales, tax-deductible donations from patrons and educational programs provide 90 percent of the support for CSF. The university provides about 10 percent of the budgeted revenue, in exchange for integration with and support of the academic mission of the CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences.
Professional actors, directors, designers and technicians, hired from around the country and overseas, make up the majority of the CSF company. As part of our ongoing commitment to the educational mission of the University of Colorado Boulder, CSF also provides internships and employment experience to CU students in performing arts and other programs, including roles in the productions.
COVID-19 protocols for the 2023-24 season
At this time, we expect to offer all our in-person events at full capacity. In-person event plans for the 2023-24 season are subject to the permissible event guidelines from public health officials and the university that will be in place at the time of the performances. Up-to-date campus health and safety policies can be found here.
As of August 2023 there are no proof of vaccination requirements for CU Boulder campus visitors, students or employees. Our policies for the season have been made in accordance with ongoing guidance from CU Boulder, the CDC and county health officials. Up-to-date campus health and safety policies can be found here.
At this time the CU Boulder campus is mask-optional.
Unless required by CDC guidelines due to a recent COVID infection, performers will be unmasked on stage.
At this time, we expect to offer all our in-person events at full capacity. Campus does not require proof of vaccination to purchase tickets. At this time the CU Boulder campus is mask-optional.
Our staff is fully vaccinated and will have additional masks on hand for patrons who forget theirs at home and wish to wear one. In addition, we encourage patrons to take advantage of contactless ticketing options, spend time in our outdoor spaces during intermission, and wash their hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
Please note: Plans for the season are subject to the permissible event guidelines from public health officials and the university that will be in place at the time of the performances. Up-to-date campus health and safety policies can be found here.
We’d like to reassure ticket buyers that if an event is canceled by CU Presents, we will reach out to ticket holders to offer refunds and other options.
If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home. Please contact the box office as soon as you are able. We will work with you to find the best option so you don’t lose your purchase.
Yes! Many of our free events, as well as several ticketed events, are available to stream from the comfort and safety of your living room. You can find a schedule of them here.
Yes! Account credits can be applied to your purchase either online, over the phone, or in person. Log in to your online account prior to renewing to apply it during check out, call us at 303-492-8008 to order by phone, or visit us at 972 Broadway, Boulder.
The CU Presents Box Office staff is happy to assist you from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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