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Shakespeare & Company

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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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You wont find this experience anywhere else... Shakespeare, contemporary plats and a grand setting found only in the beautiful Berkshires....open year round....

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Lenox, Massachusetts

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You wont find this experience anywhere else... Shakespeare, contemporary plats and a grand setting found only in the beautiful Berkshires....open year round....

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Princeton NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just saw The Merchant of Venice and enjoyed the unique production--no scenery, excellent period costumes, high quality acting on the whole, good acoustics. I am visually and hearing impaired, and the small space in tiered seating were wll suited to my needs. I saw and heard everything clearly. The musical and dance numbers enlivened the experience. Negotiating the layout (stepping... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the last preview performance and were delighted when Tina Packer, herself, came out to greet us and apologize for the confusion surrounding the seating. This was the first time Theatre in the Round had been used and the confusion was handled pleasantly and with efficiency by all concerned (employees and patrons alike). Of particular importance to us was... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Taming is written in a very witty, delightful and wicked style, and it is terrifically acted by the top-notched 3 women actresses. It is a politically-based play with humor, satire, and relevance. Go now before it finishes its run! The Bernstein Theatre is a very small house, with no bad seats, though, sitting in the center section offers you... More 

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Stockbridge, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always entertaining and professional. Whether inside at the Tina Packer Mainstage, or in the Bernstein Theater or outside under the Rose Footprint Theater Tent or outside picnicking at The Mount on the hillside enjoying a real outdoor theatrical experience you will experience live theater at it's best!

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Berlin, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We attended the season's opening night at Billy & Co. Sometimes opening nights are a bit shaky, but this was a smooth performance by a three-woman cast. On the surface they play seems that it might be a take off on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." It's not. Closest is comes to Billy's play is that one of the... More 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Over the coarse of the year this theatre offers plays that are almost always worth attending. The options are in small venue, to the main venue. I have seen Shakespeare here, but many other performances in the smaller theaters. The acting excellent as is the staging. If you love live performances, you most certainly will find this worthwhile. Plus, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

If you have one day in the Berkshires, check out which plays are showing that day--there may be several time and style options. If you have more than one day, plan to do AT LEAST one of S&C's many offerings, from the informal tent shows (very good deals $) to Shakespeare and more in the indoor theaters. Plenty of grounds... More 

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Daytime visit, rehearsal or evening performance this is a definite Berkshire highlight. Overshadowed by Tanglewood it is nevertheless a must do destination along with Jacobs Pillow Dance Company and the Rockwell museum.

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

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!

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