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Colorado Shakespeare Festival postpones entire season until 2021

The Boulder festival attracts about 30,000 people each season for its outdoor and indoor performances and educational programs.
Credit: Colorado Shakespeare Festival

BOULDER, Colo. — The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) has postponed its entire 2020 summer season until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The decision means 142 seasonal employees will not be able to work at the festival including actors, directors and production staff.

“This unprecedented decision is not one we came to lightly, and our top priority must continue to be the well-being of our patrons, company, staff and community,” said Tim Orr, producing artistic director. “We’re confident that if we make this critical change now, we’ll be back together on the Rippon stage as soon as it is safe.”

Ticket holders to the 2020 summer season can donate the value of their tickets, receive a credit on their CU Presents accounts for a future performance or receive a refund for the full face value of their tickets.

“Our intent is to produce this season in the same structure and format next year and bring everyone who was hired back for the 2021 season,” Orr said.  

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival attracts about 30,000 people each season for its outdoor and indoor performances in Boulder. The festival also hosts educational programs, including Camp Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Sprites.

Credit: Colorado Shakespeare Festival

“We are grateful to the numerous Colorado Shakespeare Festival company members, staff, partners and supporters for all that they contribute to the festival,” Orr said. “We plan to be back in 2021 with twice the glory we anticipated this season.”

Summer 2021 season tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. Single tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. at ColoradoShakes.org, over the phone at 303-492-8008 and at the CU Presents Box Office.

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