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Shakespeare & Company has a variety of theatre, studio and event spaces available for rental. Whether you are planning a production, meeting, workshop, seminar or celebration, we have the perfect space for your group, right in the heart of Historic Lenox, Massachusetts. See below for a complete list of our facilities.
Shakespeare & Company has three state-of-the-art theatrical studios that can double as performance spaces. Each room is equipped with lighting grids (at 15′ 9½”) with 400 amp stage lighting, in an array designed and installed by High Output from Canton, MA, nationally known experts at stage and film lighting.
Sprung floors are on neoprene pads, which make the airy rooms particularly suitable for dance, yoga and other physical movement.
Two of the three rooms have multi-glass panels set in the wall, allowing for natural light, an aesthetic and functional concept that heightens awareness of natural lights, spaces and contours surrounding the building. Each room has immediate entrance to the outdoors.
An elaborate series of acoustically advanced features were built in to prevent the transfer of sound between the three rehearsal rooms and the production shop, including sound absorbent panels on the walls and sound dampers on the ceilings of all three rooms.
Studio 1 – 1,100 sq. ft.
Studio 2 – 1,400 sq. ft.
Studio 3 – 1,800 sq. ft.
The Bernstein Theatre is a versatile stage space, 70 feet by 35 feet, with four distinct seating configurations for stage presentations and events. Moreover, the space is designed to serve various dining configurations for special events. The space is highly adaptable and flexible, depending on the creative and hospitality needs of any event.
Theatre Seating: In a thrust configuration it seats 186, with seats aligned to three sides of the stage. In its end-stage configuration, it will become even more intimate, seating 150, 130 or as few as 65, complementary to special group functions with more intimate, focused presentations.
Dining Configurations: The theatre will comfortably accommodate 128 seated at round tables. When no seats or dinner tables are installed, as in a party or celebration set-up, the theatre can accommodate 160 people.
The Bernstein Theatre lobby, cafe and outdoor terrace overlook a natural wetlands garden. The open gallery designed space includes seating for 32 at 8 cafe tables and a bar, and is equipped with refrigeration, ice machine, and service sink. Utilities include an array of dimmer lights for varying ambience, digital connectivity plug-ins and ceiling-installed projection capabilities.
Access to our full, commercial-grade catering kitchen (adjacent to the theatre) is available.
Maximum capacity 188, or up to 150 seated at 15 round banquet tables.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s theatres where everyone was close to the action, our air-conditioned, scaffold-and-canvas theatre, newly configured in-the-round, places audiences on all sides and two levels, in box seats and comfortable armless, cushion-backed benches.
Also available for your rental is access to:
Josie’s Place Café (Playhouse Lobby & Patio)
Semi-circular, windowed lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse, adjacent to outdoor terrace overlooking Shakespeare Garden and Rose Meadow.
Located in the Tina Packer Playhouse, Josie’s Place Café is a semi-circular windowed room with seating for 40 at 10 tables, bar counter with seating, refrigeration, ice machine, sink, CD player, local phone service and ADA restrooms. The adjacent outdoor terrace overlooks the Shakespeare Garden and the Rose Meadow.
Maximum capacity 406, inside and out.
Outdoor Rose Footprint
Outdoor, tented theatre situated on our beautiful Rose Meadow with seating for up to 250.
Our tented Rose Footprint is a reconstruction of the first level of Shakespeare’s first London theatre, the Rose Playhouse. Situated on our beautiful Rose Meadow, the Rose Footprint features removable “groundling” seating for up to 250, with restrooms nearby in Josie’s Place Cafe.
Our campus also houses a costume shop, production shop and a number of dormitory accommodations available at various times throughout the year.
The fully outfitted 2300-sq.-ft. Costume Shop at Shakespeare & Company is situated on the second floor of the Bernstein Theatre.
With large windows creating a full wall of natural light, and newly installed air conditioning, the sewing room provides a comfortable, well-lit environment for building and altering costumes.
The Costume Shop includes over a dozen sewing machines, three over lock machines, two industrial irons and five large cutting tables. Two 7.5′ x 9′ fitting areas are situated in the main sewing room.
We have over 4,600 sq ft of costume storage, holding approximately 2,000 pairs of shoes and boots, 1,800 hats and crowns, 425 masks, and 20,000 pieces of clothing which cover most historic and modern periods.
Our wardrobe facilities include three washers and dryers, and plans for a dye and paint room in the near future.
The Costume Shop can be rented at various times throughout the year, depending on Shakespeare & Company’s production season requirements. Please contact us to learn when the Costume Shop is available for rental.
For Costume Shop rentals, please contact Govane Lohbauer, Costume Director at email@example.com or (413) 637-1199 ext. 376.
The Production Shop includes a scene shop, finishing shop, prop shop, professional sound recording studio, armory and welding room.
The scene shop is 110 feet by 60 feet and features enhanced electrical capability and high-yield, low-glare, energy efficient lighting.
The scene shop includes a paint deck (20′ x 40′), pneumatic and power drop down located all over the shop, and the following equipment: table saw, radial arm saw, panel saw, metal chop saw, miter saw, various other hand tools. (If you need a specific piece of equipment that we don’t have yet, we can accommodate you by acquiring it for our collection — just ask!)
A ventilation and heat-recovery system along with overhead radiant heat provides a comfortable working environment.
For Production Shop rentals, please contact our Technical Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 637-1199 ext. 380.
Shakespeare & Company has a number of dormitory and apartment-style rooms available at various times throughout the year for rental.
For more information about renting our spaces, contact Managing Director Steve Ball at email@example.com.
Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.