Festival Extras

Festival Extras


Before most performances, CSF offers a free prologue given by the Producing Artistic Director or another CSF staff expert.

Starting approximately 45 minutes before curtain time, the prologue is an informal talk about the play that will be performed and may include information on the playwright, historical and contextual background, and an introduction to the characters, plot, themes and more.

The prologues have become a beloved tradition at CSF. Come late, come early — we promise an entertaining and enlightening talk. Prologues will be held in the theatre where the performance will take place unless otherwise posted.

Prologues are not offered before preview performances.

Green Shows

Enjoy some pre-show entertainment in the Shakespeare Garden before many of our outdoor performances!

2016 Green Show lineup is as follows:

  • Friday, June 3, 2016:  Elisa Muzzillo and Kathryn Hendricks, flutes
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016:  Makeshift Shakespeare
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016:  Falstaff Trio
  • Saturday, June 18, 2016:  Falstaff Trio
  • Saturday, June 25, 2016:  Makeshift Shakespeare
  • Saturday, July 9, 2016:  BS World Peace Fiddlers
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016:  Makeshift Shakespeare
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016:  New Recorder Consort
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016:  Alex Vittal Duo
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016:  Alex Vittal Duo
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016:  New Recorder Consort
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016:  Flagstaff Brass Quintet
  • Friday, July 29, 2016:  Boulder Recorder Consort
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016:  Flagstaff Brass Quintet
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016:  Boulder Recorder Consort
  • Sunday, August 7, 2016:  Boulder Recorder Consort

Actor's Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and join us for a talkback discussion with members of the company. Talkbacks are not held after previews, opening or closing nights and will be announced during the curtain speech prior to the performance.

Shakespeare Gardens

Colorado Shakespeare Gardens is dedicated to giving educational support to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, University of Colorado students and the public. The gardens were founded by Marlene Cowdery in 1991.

The gardens feature plants referenced by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in his writings. Shakespeare expressed his love for flowers and other plants he had experienced, describing them in a few simple words, often as image or metaphor.

The gardens are:   

  • Knot Garden (adjacent to the Education building, next to the stairs)
  • Long Bed with gardens for multiple plays (adjacent to the Education building)
  •  Highlight Garden – features plants noted in current CFS seasonplays (at the north end of the Education building)
  • Elizabethan Garden (to the right of the Highlight Garden)
  • Thyme Garden (at the north end of the Education building by walkway)
  • War of the Roses and History Plays Garden (adjacent to the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building)
  • Kitchen Garden (north end of the War of the Roses and History Plays Garden)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden (across the walkway adjacent to the Denison Arts and Sciences Building)

CSG is a volunteer organization and we welcome new members, including students. Please visit our website at coloradoshakespearegardens.org  or call 303-304-9513 for more information about membership or sponsorships.

CSF Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit from the CSF gift cart. The cart is located in the Shakespeare Garden before all outdoor performances and inside the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre at intermission, weather permitting. If there is an indoor performance only, then the cart will be located in front of the University Theatre. The cart features t-shirts, hats, mugs, and other souvenirs.

The gift cart accepts credit card and cash payment.

Merchandise is only available at the gift cart at CSF performances between June and August and is unavailable from September through May.