The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Jul 9-Aug 14, 2021

The Odyssey

"Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
the wanderer, harried for years on end..."

In Mary Zimmerman’s sweeping adaptation of Homer’s classic adventure, our hero Odysseus undergoes an epic journey to return to his own kingdom after the fall of Troy. He’ll have to overcome witches, mythological beasts and the gods themselves if he ever hopes to see his wife and son again.

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.

COVID-19 updates

Plans for the 2021 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. We will provide details about all COVID-19 protocols as they become available. Learn more

Performance dates and times

Friday, July 9, 8 p.m. (preview)  $16-$50
Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m.  $23-$71
Friday, July 16, 8 p.m.  $19-$61
Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.  $23-$71
Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.  $19-$61
Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m.  $23-$71
Wednesday, July 28, 7 p.m.  $19-$61
Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m.  $23-$71
Thursday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.  $19-$61
Sunday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.  $23-$71
Friday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.  $19-$61
Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.  $23-$71

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Buying options

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

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 Extras

Free Event
Classics 101 (2021) Jun 14-Jul 5, 2021

Classics 101 (2021)

Learn all about the plays in Colorado Shakespeare…

Free Event
Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 18-Aug 15, 2021

Outdoor Preshow Talks

CSF offers a free preshow talk—called "Prologue"—given by…

Picnicking Jun 18-Aug 15, 2021


75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Free Event
Shakespeare Garden Tours Jun 18-Aug 15, 2021

Shakespeare Garden Tours

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who…

We invite you to watch, listen and gather with us online right now. Each week we will bring you curated creations from the artists you’d see in any other CU Presents season, in the comfort of your own home.

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