S&Co. brings so much to Berkshire County and beyond. Seeing the results of their outreach school program culminating in the Fall Festival is heartwarming in this era. Being a full time Berkshire resident, it is
wonderful to have theater all year. With smaller casts one gets to interact with the productions. Open rehearsals and discounted tickets to County residents are other winning factors. S&CO is generous in donating time and tickets to help other non-profits in their fundraising.
During the summer the place is wildly busy with a bucolic atmosphere, and something for all ages, often free. Other than the two main stages, Bankside, the Rose Footprint Stage is family and young actor friendly appealing in a madcap way to a diverse audience.
It is a no-brainer to support S&Co.
Review from Guidestar
I have admired and supported this amazing asset to the cultural world for a number of years. It's unique style of actors sharing administrative work of the organization while honing their impressive artistic skills has created a rare responsiveness. Far reaching vision and standards combined with practical experience is what this group of fine artists is about. Add to that, the grounding created by teaching each other and their peers as well as the new generation of young people, makes for teamwork that is unsurpassed. No wonder their artistic work is world renowned and each production a revelation.
In addition, they have developed beautiful property which had been abandoned, right in the center of Lenox, MA. It has become alive, a stunning setting for all citizens and visitors to enjoy the delight of first-class theatre in imaginative programs.
Shakespeare and Company has been an important part of my and my family's life for the past 32 plus years. From the very first performance of Midsummer Night's Dream at the Mount we knew we had connected with something very magical. It is so rare to find Shakespeare performed in such a way that everyone who attends totally understands what is being said. You can see the meaning of each word in the actor's toes. I think if you were deaf you would be transported. I have taken the intensive training three times over the past thirty years and each time brought home gifts for my life as well as my art. Shakespeare and Company has fed my body, mind and soul. What more could you ask from any organization.
I have been an audience member and supporter of Shakepearse & Co for over 15 years. The group is terrific-in educating and entertaining students, adults and pretty much anyone with whom they have contact. William Shakespeare himself would be proud of their work.
Shakespeare and Company consistently brings world-class theater to the Berkshires. It makes Shakespeare live and accessible to all audiences in an intimate setting. The non-Shakespeare plays are well-chosen and are a wonderful mix of old and the new. All and all a terrific value for the ever-shrinking entertainment dollar.
We have a second home in the Lenox area and frequent Shakespeare & Co and other local theatre. S&CO;consistantly delights with entertaining and thought provoking shows and presentations. Thery are one of the treasures of the Berkshires.
We became aware of S&Co;last year when my son applied to be a performance intern for the 2009 summer season. He was fortunate to be selected and had a wonderful learning and performing experience that truly solidified his appreciation of Shakespeare and advanced his performance skills. We also had the opportunity to see several of the main stage productions, often joined by friends, and we greatly enjoyed Shakespeare, maybe for the first time ever. The people, the leadership the other performers made our frequent visits to Lennox most enjoyable.
We are hooked! Our first experience with Shakespeare & Company came in 2005 when we went to see "King John" after reading a review in a Berkshire newspaper. It was one of the most delightful theater experiences ever! We sat in the front row (could have put our feet up on the stage!) and were mesmerized. I gushed to my friends that I had witnessed more sword fights in that one night than I had ever in my life up to that point. The performances never disappoint. We always come away with at least one specific memory, be it the twigs in Mad Cordelia's hair in "Hamlet", the full bodied sinister portrayal of Iago in "Othello", the thrower lights from "Midsummer Night's Dream" or the delivery of the line from "As You Like It" (Rosalind pursuing Orlando in quest of marriage) "What do you say?" The non-Shakespeare plays are equally enthralling. "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is Broadway worthy. We would have seen it more than once had we the time. We even took in the tour. Loved the costume and props shops!
One thing is for certain that Shakespeare and Company is great theater...One never ever says they are good for summer stock...No they are just plain great theater compared to all venues...I have grown up with live theater both in LA and NY as well as performances in London...To me Shakespeare and Company is on a par with the best...They just happen to be located in the beautiful Berkshires so you'll need a car cause yellow cabs and checkers are not always lined up outside...Chris Morley
Shakespeare & Company has been for many years an extraordinary organization performing plays of Shakespeare and other playwrights. The plays are always performed well by talented actors and actresses. They recently did a hilarious performance of Hound of the Baskervilles. They also provide theater exposure to many students.