It should comes as no surprise to you that the Berkshires are awash with stage productions, acting studios, and live theater venues. Whatever your favorite entertainment – song dance, drama, comedy – a Berkshires stage is bound to be putting on something you’ll love. With the numerous theater companies, stage troupes, and well-established festivals found here, the Berkshires’ really do have it all.
In addition to balmy days and lush gardens, summer in the Berkshires brings the return of some of our favorite cultural events of the year. Berkshire-area festivals offer the unique opportunity not only to enjoy fantastic performances, but also to learn from these nationally and internationally famous actors, dancers and musicians. Aspiring artists of all disciplines can visit the Berkshires to hone their own crafts and be inspired by the very best.
This summer is a very special one for Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood and the world-renown concert series is pulling out all the stops.The season officially opens on July 6, 2012 and will continue all summer with a wonderful variety of musical performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, famous guest conductors and musicians. The highlight event will be on July 14th: The Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Gala. It’ll be a night to remember with dazzling performances by BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, John Williams, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor and other celebrated musicians at Tanglewood. For tickets, scheduling and additional information, visit BSO.org.
One of our favorite Berkshire summer events is already underway. This summer is the 80th Anniversary of the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. In July, you won’t want to miss Vertigo Dance Company from Israel (July 4-8) and the return of Tero Saarinen’s very popular, Shaker-inspired Borrowed Light. The Hong Kong ballet will debut at Jacob’s Pillow July 18-22, 2012. These are just a few of the great dance performances offered in July. For a full schedule, tickets and more information, visit jacobspillow.org.
Professional Theater and Performances
Live performances and summer theater in the Berkshires are also heating up. The five theaters of the Berkshire Theater Group have a great summer season of premier live entertainment, from Hip Hop to cabaret. You can learn more and get your tickets at berkshiretheatregroup.org. Other great resources for professional summer theater and performances include:
• Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA
• Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA
• The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, NY
Enjoy all these great performances and exceptional learning opportunities while staying at our Berkshire Bed and Breakfast Inn.
When sweltering summer days cause residents of Boston, New York, and Hartford to head for the hills, take heart. There is no need to sacrifice the arts just because you’ve escaped from the city. It is simple to experience great theatre, dance, and music during a summer getaway at our Lenox MA Bed and Breakfast.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival, founded in 1955, is just one example of the superlative arts found in the Massachusetts Berkshires. The festival runs from June 22 to August 28, 2011.
Williamstown Theatre Festival2011 Summer Schedule:
- Three Hotels, by Jon Robin Baitz (June 19 – July 24)
- A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennesee Williams (June 22 – July 3)
- She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith (July 27 – August 7)
- One Slight Hitch, by Lewis Black (July 6 – 17)
- Ten Cents a Dance, by John Doyle (August 11 – 28)
- A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen (July 20 – 31)
- Touch(ed), by Bess Wohl (August 3 – 14)
- You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, directed by Anne Kauffman (August 16 – 21)
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is located in Williamstown, approximately one hour from our Berkshires Bed and Breakfast. Spend the afternoon lounging by the pool before your night at the theatre.
Find the complete festival schedule at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival has been a Berkshires tradition in the Berkshires over 50 years. Each year, the festival produces fresh takes on classics and new plays. Williamstown Theatre Festival has the clout to draw well-established artists to the stage, but is also committed to cultivating young and aspiring artists.