Fans of the Bard (or just good theater) visiting the Berkshires should do what they can to catch a Shakespeare & Company production. The 2018 season is already in full swing and will be until December 16th!
The Berkshires are known for a great many things, not the least of which is our incredible theater scene. No matter the time of year, it seems like the Berkshires’ stage is alive with music, dance, drama, or comedy.
Shakespeare & Company, founded in 1978, is a Berkshires’ cultural institution and one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country. The company puts on a full program every year, May through December. While the Shakespeare & Company focus is primarily that of their namesake, works by other authors are also regularly included in each season. The 2018 season features 6 non-Shakespeare plays.
More than just performances, Shakespeare & Company also provides actor training programs for professionals and students, alike. The internationally recognized curriculum helps actors with vocabulary, focus, and intuition. Past alumni include such stars as Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Sigourney Weaver, Richard Dreyfuss, and Andie MacDowell.
Shakespeare & Company plays are held in a variety of venues in Lenox, most on the company’s Kemble Street campus. Concession stands offer light fare both before and after the shows. Both the Tina Packer Playhouse and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater offer outdoor spaces with tables for a picnic, snack, or drink.
Shakespeare & Company 2018 Season
Morning After Grace: May 24 – July 15 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Carey Crim | Directed by Regge Life | Featuring Steven Barkhimer, Corinna May, Kevin Vavasseur
Macbeth: July 3 – August 5 at the Tina Packer Playhouse
by William Shakespeare | Directed by Melia Bensussen | Featuring Jonathan Croy and Tod Randolph
Love’s Labor’s Lost: July 10 – August 18 at the Dell-Outdoors at the Mount
by William Shakespeare | Directed by Kelly Galvin
Creditors: July 19 – August 12 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by August Strindberg, adapted by David Greig | Directed by Nicole Ricciardi | Featuring Jonathan Epstein, Ryan Winkles and Kristin Wold
As You Like It: August 9 – September 2 at The Roman Garden Theatre
by William Shakespeare | Directed by Allyn Burrows
Heisenberg: August 11 – September 2 at the Tina Packer Playhouse
by Simon Stephens | Directed by Tina Packer | Featuring Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram
Mothers and Sons: August 16 – September 9 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Terrence McNally | Directed by James Warwick | Featuring Annette Miller
HIR: September 13 – October 7 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Taylor Mac | Directed by Alice Reagan | Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder and John Hadden
Pride and Prejudice: December 15 – December 16 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
By Jon Jory | Directed by Ariel Bock
Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240
A full schedule, tickets, and more information can be found online at www.shakespeare.org
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