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Shakespeare & Company

Address: 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240-2813
Phone Number: +1 413-637-1199
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Ranked #2 of 7 Activities in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the largest...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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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Lenox Dale, Massachusetts
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167 reviews 167 reviews
57 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We attended a birthday party and magic show for the patriarch of our family. With over fifty people in attendance, Shakespeare & Co provided the perfect venue for everyone to celebrate!

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east coast
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43 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Recently saw its a wonderful life at shakespeare in company. the theater elayne bersntein was very nice. The play was fantastic. 5 actors doing all the parts - and they did such a great job coming in and out of different characters. the sound effects were cool. Made me feel like I was actually sitting at a radio studio back... More 

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Shakespeare & Company is a substantial and very professional local resident company that puts on a variety of stage productions throughout the year. While each year there are a number of Shakespeare plays there are others as well. We saw ‘It’s a Wonderful Life; A Radio Play’. Just five actors did all the parts and they were excellent! The play... More 

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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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13 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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