Shakespeare & Company operates year-round in the Berkshires, scheduling hundreds of performances on our indoor and outdoor stages, scores of workshops, multiple lectures and demonstrations, and literally thousands of classes for professional and aspiring actors, teachers, and directors.
Shakespeare & Company has reimagined its history of outdoor performances with the creation of a 500-seat, terraced amphitheater on the sprawling Kemble Street campus it has called home since 2000. Set underneath towering spruce trees, the picturesque performance space is a dream that has been years in the making. The New Spruce Theatre features comfortable canvas seating in its outdoor setting, beckoning all to relax and enjoy everything the stage has to offer. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Inspired by Shakespeare's theaters-where everybody was close to the action; our air-conditioned, scaffold-and-canvas theatre, places audiences on all sides of the stage (in the round) and on two levels. With box seats and comfortable armless, cushion-backed benches the Playhouse seats over 400. Amenities include an indoor bar and lobby, concessions, and restrooms. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
This versatile and intimate stage space, 70 feet by 35 feet, seats 200, with four distinct seating configurations for stage presentations and events. The space is highly adaptable and flexible, depending on the creative needs of our performances and event. Amenities include an indoor bar and lobby, concessions, and restrooms. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.
Located right on our Kemble Street campus, The Roman Garden Theatre is a unique 280-seat outdoor venue with comfortable seating and a delightful casual ambiance. Seating is in the round.
Shakespeare has always been closely linked with the outdoors. In Elizabethan times, the Bard's plays were performed in the open-roofed Globe Theatre. Outdoor Shakespeare performances immerse you in the "natural world", a landscape that offers an escape from conventional society, a theme integral to the Bard's plays.
Come delight in the thrill of a professional Shakespeare production under the beautiful Berkshire skies.
The Roman Garden Theatre is generously supported by The Dr. Gerald and Roberta Friedman Foundation.
Our tented outdoor theatre is a reconstruction of the first level of Shakespeare’s first London theatre, the Rose Playhouse. Situated on our beautiful Rose Meadow, the Theatre features bleacher seating and removable “groundling” seating for up to 250, with restrooms nearby in Josie’s Place Cafe.
Three state-of-the-art theatrical studios, located in the Bernstein, can double as performance spaces. Each room is equipped with lighting grids (at 15′ 9½”) with 400 amp stage lighting. Sprung floors are on neoprene pads, which make the airy rooms particularly suitable for dance, yoga and other physical movement.
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.