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.
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.
Check back here later for Talkback dates.
Colorado Shakespeare Gardens is dedicated 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.
Bring home a lasting memory of your visit from the gift shop located just inside Hellems or in the University Theatre Building. Items available for sale include posters, t-shirts, mugs, snacks and much more.
The 2013 gift shop accepts cash and check payment only, sorry credit card payment is not available.
For more information about how to get free tickets by volunteering in the shop, click here.
Share a picnic with friends on the Green before a performance and enjoy a la carte snacks, dinner salads, sandwiches and boxed dinners or bring your own fare from home. UMC Events Planning & Catering is delighted to serve you this season with a variety of fresh and delicious dining options:
Picnicking on the Green
Relax on the Green and enjoy a variety of delicious a la carte snacks to share, dinner salads, sandwiches and boxed dinners, with menus that change with each performance. During four special event barbecues July 6 & 27 and August 3 & 10 2013, beer and wine will be available for purchase on the Green. Private alcohol consumption (BYOB) is not allowed at any time on the Green. Food is only available for purchase on the Green on evenings when there is a performance in the Mary Rippon Theater, but you are welcome to bring your own food anytime. More information including menus at the UMC website
Effortless Catering for Groups
Make your evening special and convenient! Catered meals are available for groups of 10 or more people featuring full-course menus designed especially for the festival. Your party will enjoy a catered meal complete with chairs, tables and tableclothes, setup in your own special area. Reservations are required for catered parties and can be made by calling Kate Hubka at 303-492-8833. More information including menus at the UMC website
Concession treats include chips with homemade guacamole or salsa, snacks, sweets, ice cream, coffees, teas, bottled beverages and more! Bard's Ale (crafted especially for CSF by Left Hand Brewing) and Mike's Hard Lemonade are available for purchase within the Mary Rippon and University theatres, but may not be taken outside of the licensed premises. More information including menus at the UMC website
Everyone will be required to show a valid driver's license or state issued photo ID to purchase alcohol. Private alcohol consumption (BYOB) is not allowed at any time.
Your dinner and concessions purchases help to support the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, thank you!