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Shakespeare & Company

70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240-2813
+1 413-637-1199
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Ranked #4 of 11 Attractions in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest...
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Owner description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. The organization attracts more than 60,000 patrons annually, with a core of over 150 artists and more than 30 full-time staff. The Company develops and performs Shakespeare, classics, contemporary, and new plays of social and political significance, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company embraces the core values of Shakespeare's work: collaboration, commitment to language, visceral experience and classical ideals, expressed with physical prowess and an embodied contemporary voice. 
The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, where professionals from all over the world come to train with the Organization known for its original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. Shakespeare & Company is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program, one of the largest the Northeast; it reaches more than 45,000 students annually with innovative performances, workshops and residencies.

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North Egremont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've been a patron of Shakesprare and Company for 20 years. Not 1 bad show, and the best of them educate your mind and lighten your spirit.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The offerings at Shakespeare & Co. were varied, accessible and plentiful. In a three day period I caught four Shakespeare plays and one about the Bard (Will). The delightful young cast of Romeo & Juliet was thoroughly engaging. The New Orleans-based Midsummer's Night Dream was entertaining, and quite clever. For history buffs, Henry IV was a well-done production. Falstaff deserves... More 

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Higganum, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This time we saw 3 of their Shakespeare productions: Julius Caesar, Henry iV (1& II, abridged), and Romeo & Juliet (at the Mount). Julius Caesar, directed by Tina Packer, was electrifying, especially in the first half. Reducing the actors to seven meant that each actor had to be constantly on stage portraying some character or other,and this added to the... More 

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Rancho Palos Verdes
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My husband and I were recently in the Berkshires and had an opportunity to go to Shakespeare & Company. Don't be put off by the name if you're not into Shakespeare. They have other plays as well. We saw Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. It was very well done. It's a small theater, so there's really no bad... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

"Shakespear's Will" is an incredibly acted one woman play based on the character Anne Hathaway, Shakespear's wife. The acting and overall production were superb!

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Excellent performance, even though it is an adaption-i.e., the "director" combined parts 1 and 2 of Shakespeare's original plays. It worked-catch it before the season ends.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

While productions and the starring actors can be hit-or-miss at Shakespeare and Company, 8 times out of 10 I've left the theatre with a smile on my face and a rave of one sort or another. It's particularly exciting to witness new talent being groomed for greatness through their education program. Summer wouldn't be summer without a trip to Shakespeare... More 

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Montclair NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Complete works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) An uproarious send-up of the tragic and comic (all spun into the comic) of the Bard's famous works. Three amazing actors cavort, mug, wrestle, duel, mock, joke, and pull out all the stops in an hysterical 2-hour synthesis of the famous and infamous plays/lines. We were bent over in pain from laughing so hard... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by the outstanding performance at the Shakespeare & Company Theater. The entertainment was intriguing and kept us focused. It is a small theater with big theater performance. The show for that evening was also booked in advanced by Michelle at Gateways Inn. We had great seats and thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We enjoyed the Tina Packer playhouse and the superb acting- especially Mid-Summer Night's Dream. Henry 4th was also excellent and I'm sure far more demanding for the cast and director

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