Denver’s summertime theater scene has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for Shakespeare in the Park, a fun family musical, or something a little more offbeat. Here are some suggestions to round out your end-of-summer bucket list in the metro area and beyond:
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
University Theater, University Theater Building, 1595 Pleasant Street, Boulder
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater, 227 University Ave, Boulder
Wednesday through Sunday through August 7, times vary
Tickets start at $22
You can’t go wrong with CU Boulder’s Colorado Shakespeare Festival! This summer’s program includes three plays by Shakespeare and one that pays homage to the bard. The Book of Will and The Two Gentlemen of Verona are performed at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater while All’s Well That Ends Well and Coriolanus – the bunch’s only tragedy – take place indoors.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Grant Family Amphitheater, Robert F. Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
7pm Friday and Saturday, July 29th to August 6th
Foothills Theater Company brings the magic of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies to the park for a Shakespearean classic. Bring your blanket or deck chair.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
DeKoevend Park, 6301 South University Boulevard, Centennial
7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, 19-28 August
Watch the second Shakespeare Round in the Park from DeKoevend Park. Seating is on the field west of the Goodson Recreation Center. This play is a production of Shakespeare in the Wild.
Meghan Ralph, Kate Poling, Kelly Uhlenhopp, Andrew Uhlenhopp and Emily Ebertz in Pride and Prejudice at the Firehouse Theatre.
Classics (musical, cult, reinterpreted and more)
Pride and Prejudice
Firehouse Theatre, 7653 East First Place
7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday, through August 7th
Tickets cost $25
You don’t have to love Jane Austen to love this piece. Playwright Kate Hamill’s hilarious and irreverent adaptations of classic novels stay (for the most part) true to the original stories while ramping up the absurdities and antics. Pride & Prejudice is no exception.
The Rocky Horror Show
Center for Cultural and Performing Arts Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive
7:30pm Wednesday to Saturday, 2pm Sunday 12 August to 4 September
Tickets cost $40
The Phamaly Theater goes all out in its adaptation of the 1975 cult classic. “It’s going to be this exciting, weird romping about what it means to be alive and what it means to be different in our society,” says Ben Raanan, artistic director of Phamaly. And if you attend one of the interactive performances, you can even purchase a bag of props for the full Rocky Horror experience.
StageDoor Theater, 25797 Conifer Road, Conifer
7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5-13 August
Tickets cost $25
Capture high-energy singing and dancing in the foothills of turn-of-the-century New York with this hit Disney musical set. The cast consists of middle school, high school, and college-age actors.
Cinderella by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Fisher Auditorium, 3800 South Logan Street, Englewood
7:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday through July 31
Tickets cost $12
This musical has made its way through several Colorado theaters over the past year, but you can still catch a production courtesy of Englewood’s Summer Drama program this weekend.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 2-14 August
Tickets start at $35
If you enjoyed the 1990 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, this stage adaptation could be just your dream.
Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden
7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday 5 August to 2 October
Tickets start at $42
Hair brings the ’60s counterculture to brilliant life through the eyes of a ‘tribe’ of hippies as they navigate a changing world. Don’t Bring Your Kids: This energetic and increasingly relevant musical is for adult audiences only.
rock of times
The Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen
7pm Friday through Saturday, 2pm Sunday through July 31st
Tickets cost $25
Packed with 80s hits, this jukebox musical from Evergreen Players will delight theater and concert lovers alike.
Quentin Toetz, Heather Abreu and Patti Murtha in The Three Little Pigs vs. The Apocalypse at Arts in the Open
More outdoor theater
The three little pigs against the apocalypse
Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder
10am Saturday to Sunday through August 7th
Tickets cost $21
This apocalyptic rendition of the classic fable is set in the year 2520, when scientists were merging human DNA with animal DNA. Three pig people leave the laboratory and seek a safe haven, presumably in the Rocky Mountains. This play involves walking from one scene to the next, so bring water and snacks.
Dorothy’s dictionary and Amelia’s big idea
Outdoor locations, at different times in Louisville, Erie, Boulder and Broomfield
The Butterfly Effect Theater of Colorado (BETC) is completing its theater truck tour of the Front Range, bringing children’s shows to various outdoor venues. Check the website for location and times.
Father Featherbottom’s Forgotten Tales
The Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
11am Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July
Take your little ones on this 21st-century fairytale adventure from Audacious Theater, complete with puppets and lots of hands-on activities.
Kokopelli Beer Company, 8931 North Harlan Street, Westminster (pick up location)
7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through Sunday, July 31
You still have one weekend to take a bus tour of Denver’s climate future with Control Group Productions. Learn more about this immersive experience in last month’s behind-the-scenes article.