We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Shakespeare & Company

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 191 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 140
  • 33
    Very good
  • 4
  • 5
  • 8
Something to celebrate

Went to the birthday party for William Shakespeare last night and saw A Midsummer Night's Dream. Amazing. Magical. Hilarious! Well done! Love this place. Have been seeing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

191 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 190: English reviews
Level Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the birthday party for William Shakespeare last night and saw A Midsummer Night's Dream. Amazing. Magical. Hilarious! Well done! Love this place. Have been seeing plays at Shakespeare & Company for decades. Always impressed and highly entertained.

Thank R3020UBdb
Westchester, NY
Level Contributor
30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Went in to see Lover's Spat last night, and boy did it need work! Trying to incorporate the use of written scripts into the performance, when losing their way and/or mistakenly forgetting their lines, just did not work! Acting was lack luster, at best, and did not do much to convey The Bard's masterful dialogue. Direction was poor - and... More 

Thank ffmdfacr
Montclair, New Jersey
Level Contributor
227 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Am itching to go back this summer. Saw Emperor last summer and was blown away by the comic timing and body language of the actors. There seemed to be a level of improv. The script by itself was not remarkable, but the droll delivery brought it to life. The setting was amazing with the big tent in the middle of... More 

Thank Been2Bagan
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017

For the last few years we've made our way to Lenox to see a Shakespeare play every summer. The sets are barebones but the acting is simply superb -- some of the best and liveliest Shakespeare we've seen anywhere. The setting in the Berkshires, on the campus of a defunct private school, is lovely. Their productions of Richard III and... More 

1 Thank paul441391
New Hampshire
Level Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. We look forward to coming back, especially for the Shakespeare!

Thank pacerjmk
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
542 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
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 

Thank CarolinaBecky
Edmonton, Australia
Level Contributor
48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

Thank scuba86girl
Cheshire, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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!

1 Thank gnaturecenter
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
90 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Thank Boxman43
Level Contributor
296 reviews
160 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank eitravel76

Travellers who viewed Shakespeare & Company also viewed

Lenox, Berkshires
Lenox, Berkshires

Been to Shakespeare & Company? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Shakespeare & Company and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Shakespeare & Company staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?