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Shakespeare & Company Launches Give a Seat Fund to Provide Half-priced Tickets to Frontline Workers

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company has announced the Give a Seat  fund, created to provide  essential workers of all types with half-priced theater tickets.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30 – the tenth anniversary of Giving Tuesday – donations made to Shakespeare & Company will be used to offer frontline workers half-priced tickets to a staged, costumed reading of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, scheduled to run Thursday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Tina Packer Playhouse.

Bonnie Stevens, director of Development for Shakespeare & Company, said the initiative was designed to thank these important members of the community for their work, particularly in the face of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Frontline workers are all around us doing essential jobs that keep our communities up-and-running,” said Stevens. “This is just one way we can give back to them for their tireless work: offering a well-earned night out at the theater.”

Stevens went on to note that frontline workers are defined as anyone who provides critical services, including but not limited to healthcare personnel; first responders; educators; those who work in food service, grocery, manufacturing, and transportation; construction workers; IT professionals, and public works.

To contribute to the Give a Seat fund this Giving Tuesday, visit mail a check to Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240 and include the notation “Give a Seat.” Donations will also be collected via Shakespeare & Company’s Facebook and Instagram pages throughout the day on November 30.

All frontline workers are invited to use the code “giving” at check-out to receive their half-price discount; for more information, call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353, or visit


About Shakespeare & Company

Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world, located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The organization welcomes more than 40,000 patrons annually, and is home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program.


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.