Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Aug 2-13, 2023

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Presented by: Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Runtime: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Intermission: One
  • Venue: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
  • Hellems Arts & Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80302

Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.

Beatrice and Benedick love to bicker. The only thing they might learn to love more? Each other. (They just don’t know it yet!) In this rollicking lampoon of relationships, romance, and the influence of town gossip, Shakespeare delivers a near-perfect enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy.

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.

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Weather policy

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.

Buying options

Save big with season tickets! This show is available in the Full, Pick 2 or 3, Weekday Will, and Choice packages or as an add-on to other season ticket orders.

Single ticket discounts are available for preview night, groups (10+), youth (K-12), seniors (65+), students, active military and CU students and employees. Volunteer ushers get to see the show for free.

In Boulder, a production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is pure delight

Under the stars at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, director Kevin Rich dazzles with a new take on the popular comedy

Susan D. Harper, OnStage Colorado

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Caught in the Act!

Colorado Shakespeare Festival Audience Joins the Cast of Much Ado About Nothing in a Rollickingly, Deep Performance

Sid Fox, Boulder Jewish News

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OnStage Colorado Podcast: Kevin Rich on Much Ado

OnStage Colorado correspondent Toni Tresca interviews Kevin Rich, director of this summer’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Toni Tresca

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Careless Whispers

Set in 1920s Paris, CSF’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” will bring audiences in on all the secrets

Clay Bonnyman Evans

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With Rippon renovation on the horizon, Colorado Shakespeare Festival celebrates 66 years in the iconic outdoor theater with Bard’s ‘most towering works’

Clay Bonnyman Evans

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Performance Extras

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Kevin Rich*

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Brik Berkes*


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Anastasia Davidson

Margaret / First Watch / Ensemble

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Douglas Fries


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Cameron Hazlip

Second Watch / Ensemble

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Kyle Lawrence


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Shunté Lofton*


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Isobel Makin


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Ellen McLaughlin*

Verges / Friar Francis

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Susannah McLeod

Don John

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Maija Pieper


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K.P. Powell*


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Benjamin Reigel*

Don Pedro

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Jessica Robblee*


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Sean Scrutchins*

Balthasar / Dogberry / Ensemble

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Sam Sandoe

Ursulo / Sexton / Ensemble

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Ryan Omar Stack


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Jude Stivers

Conrade / Ensemble

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Artistic Team


Amanda Giguere

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Costume Designer

Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Sound Designer

Jason Ducat^

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Stage Manager

Kaylyn Kriaski*

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Lighting Designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Scenic Designer

Kevin Nelson

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Director of Voice and Text

Jeffrey Parker

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Dance and Movement Choreographer

Marla A. Schulz

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Assistant Stage Manager

Wessie Simmons*

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Plan your visit

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Accessibility Services

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