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Address: 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240-2813
Phone Number: +1 413-637-1199
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Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare &...

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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Don't miss An Iliad

Don't miss the opportunity to see this outstanding performance of Homer's classic tale. A one man play seen through the eyes of the narrator. Masterful storytelling with a message... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Ken And Joyce A
Franklin, Massachusetts

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss the opportunity to see this outstanding performance of Homer's classic tale. A one man play seen through the eyes of the narrator. Masterful storytelling with a message as relevant today as in ancient times. We saw this play on opening night. Catch it before it closes in November!

Thank Ken And Joyce A
New York
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106 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We recently saw "An Iliad" at Shakespeare & Company. Wonderful one man show. What a treat. If you are in the area, make sure to check to see what performances are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

One mile from Lenox center, this theater consistently puts on fine performances of Shakespearean and other plays. Our favorite is anything in which John Douglas Thomson is performing. Combine this with a performance at Tanglewood for a wonderful, full day in the Berkshires.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I've now seen 3 productions here: Othello, Henry V, and Comedy of Errors. The Company does a wonderful job bringing Shakespeare to life. The theaters are intimate and the grounds lovely.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Went to the Farmer's Market and thoroughly enjoyed each of our purchases. Gt snacks to eat at Tanglewood and some fresh plums and peaches to take home. Everything looked to good to eat - it was a wonderful stop! Feast yourself on freshly baked pies and breads, homemade jams and jellies, honey, meats, etc

Thank Travel33871
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We bought tickets online for Mother of the Maid (about Joan of Arc's family) - a new play that we hoped would be interesting. We were delighted to find that the professionalism of the actors and the clever writing made for a wonderful evening at the theater. The theater we attended was the smaller Bernstein. I don't recommend getting the... More 

Thank linda g
saratoga springs NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Saw play that received excellent reviews - Red Velvet, a true story about the 1st black actor to play Othello in England. Theater-in-the-round, no bad seats. Excellent actors, lovely pastoral setting for venue.

Thank srhahm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We have visited this theatre haven every year since the shows were outdoors and in the horse barns of the Wharton Estate. The ingenuity and quality of the productions never fail to impress. I thought this year's Mother of the Maid rivaled and possibly exceeded any thing we've seen. I strongly recommend visiting this theatre for those who aren't even... More 

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Westwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A nice manicured space with two venues offering multiple shows in rep. They have a nice mix of classic and new work and a strong company of actors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

An amazing world premier production by the author of Olive Kitteredge. Beautiful grounds, intimate theater (seats were a little uncomfortable). I love theater, but this play was beyond my expectations--the writing, the acting, the entire production. There were few teenagers there, but it was a great theater experience for my 15 year old daughter.

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