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Address: 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240-2813
Phone Number: +1 413-637-1199
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Description: Located in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company...
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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The Tempest, with Olympia Dukadis was A-!. Actors were all the tops. "Allergists wife" was overacted and over-directed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2012
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The Tempest, with Olympia Dukadis was A-!. Actors were all the tops. "Allergists wife" was overacted and over-directed.

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Maplewood, NJ
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We attended performances years ago that were amateurish. This year, however, Broadway and England's West End would be envious of the quality of performance and the over all experience. Bravi!

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We have been here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. The theaters are small, the performance are always excellent--it is a great way to get up close and personal with great theater, not to be missed.

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harwinton ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Saw a fun production of the Tempest with Olivia Dukakis. There are no bad seats in this small theater. Pretty grounds too. Don't be afraid of Shakespear, the program always explains the plot and the actors draw you into the story. I was enchanted.

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melrose. ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I love it here. The kids love the shows in the Rose Foot Print Theater. Joseph can't be seen enough. I LOVE TINA TOO!!!

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Livingston, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Saw the Allergist's wife in the Evelyn P theater. Small but allows for up close view of performers. Good Show and well run theater op.

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Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Bring your most open minded self. Not your father's dance event.You never know what you are going to get.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Liked the intimate nature of the theater. the acting was great and the location terrific. _--------------------------------------------------------

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We come to the Berkshires every year and we make sure to see at least one show at Shakespeare & Company. This year we got tickets to see The Tempest are were not disappointed. The theatre is conducive to showcasing Shakespeare and service at the box office is top notch.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Suffice it to say people were leaving at the intermission, as we did, after a badly over-acted farce whose dated, old self-hating Jewish stereotypes caused visceral pain in the audience. The Arabic doorman had a Russian accent. The husband was so stiff we thought he was reading a script in his palm. The "Jewish mother" played a caricature of a... More 

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