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Shakespeare & Company

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Address: 70 Kemble St, Lenox, MA 01240-2813
Phone Number: +1 413-637-1199

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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Competent performances with a couple of great actors

We saw two plays here at our first visit to Shakespeare & Co., " Two Gentlemen from Verona"and "Or". The Two Gentlemen featured a large cast who in the main did well though the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 September 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We saw two plays here at our first visit to Shakespeare & Co., " Two Gentlemen from Verona"and "Or". The Two Gentlemen featured a large cast who in the main did well though the performances were somewhat uneven. The theater is in the round and for this production it was mostly a bare stage with a clever trap door. The... More 

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Edmonton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Take a short drive or walk from town to this impressive cluster of theaters where you will always find something innovative, well performed and entertaining. There are beautiful outdoor places to sit and have a drink or food: staff and servers are very friendly and accommodating. Performers are great to to brilliant and if you are in the smaller theaters... More 

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

No question there...Go. You'll love the Shakespearean atmosphere. Some of the finest off-Broadway talent! This year, I was even able to see a favorite, much by surprise...Erick Avari. The Bard, there is no other!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Have seen many shows here over the past few years. The Merchant of Venice was one of the best shows I have seen here. The cast was energetic and had the audience laughing and engaged. I was surprised in today's age of political correctness the racism and bigotry were not tamed. The performance was true to Shakespeare. I was very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The excellent Shakespeare & Co clearly strives for enjoyable, accessible entertainment. Tina Packer's recent production of 'Merchant of Venice' incorporated dance and music to set off the blatant racism in its nuanced performance. While there was some jestering excess, and not everything worked perfectly, the audience was alive with laughter and applause and the occasional hushed silence of coming face... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Sotto Voce at the Bernstein theater. In my words, a thought provoking story of a German immigrant writer living in NYC @2000 who lost her Jewish lover aboard the Ill-fated SS St. Louis that was refused entry into Cuba and the US (thanks Cordell Hull) in 1939. Circumstances arise with a young Cuban writing student virtually exploring her relationship to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We attended two shows, Two Gentlemen of Verona followed by Merchant of Venice the next night. Both plays were superbly directed with excellent actors. I have seen many Shakespeare place here in the states and even at the Globe in London. These performances ranked with the best. The direction and acting were flawless. The Tina Packer theater is a small... More 

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Ashland, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

While out in the Berkshires on a Friday night, we went on a whim, to Shakespeare in company with the family (2 little ones). We saw Emperor of the Moon. A wonderfully fanciful scripted comedy filled with improv, outdoors under a big tent. The actors were wonderful and seemed to have as much fun as we were. the kids enjoyed... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I have been to this theater before and it is always a fun experience. We saw the Merchant of Venice. Great acting, costumes, and atmosphere. It is very pretty, little, intimate theater. Plenty of parking. Snacks inside and drinks. Make sure to come early to enjoy the grounds surrounding the theater.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We have been coming for 5 years. We love the performances! The grounds are beautiful, and the actors are wonderful to talk to. This year we have seen : Crystal Havoc, The Emperor's Moon, The Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Twelfth Night. You can't go wrong here- great live theatre exists in the Berkshires.

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