Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise.
An aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, proportionally by who professes to love him most. His plotting comes to catastrophe and sees him cast from his own kingdom. Shakespeare’s tumultuous tragedy explores speaking truth to power, the cost of grievous mistakes, and whether it’s ever too late for redemption.
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.
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
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. Learn more
Single ticket discounts are available for preview night (Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.), groups (10+), youth (K-12), seniors (65+), students, active military and CU students and employees. Volunteer ushers get to see the show for free. Learn more
This production contains adult themes and effects, including simulated graphic violence.
The great work begins: Ellen McLaughlin embraces the madness of 'King Lear'
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In ‘King Lear,’ Shakespeare Takes On Life’s Big Questions
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Colorado Shakespeare Festival will present a woman as King Lear in 2023
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Duke of Albany
King of France / Knight / Officer / Attendant
Duke of Cornwall/Doctor
Ryan Omar Stack
Oswald / Officer
Duke of Burgundy / Knight / Officer
Earl of Kent
Meghan Anderson Doyle
Director of Voice and Text
Dance and Movement Choreographer
Assistant Stage Manager
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