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Shakespeare & Company Presents The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Costumed, Staged Reading Features the Characters of Jane Austen

LENOX, Mass. – This holiday season, Shakespeare & Company will present a costumed, staged reading of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, from Thursday, Dec. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 19.

Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Ariel Bock, The Wickhams features many familiar characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as some new faces. A no-nonsense housekeeper, a spirited new maid, and a love-sick, enterprising footman are deeply engaged in holiday preparations at Pemberley, the estate of Elizabeth and Darcy – but see their work interrupted by a stream of guests from upstairs, including an unexpected late-night visit from George Wickham, Lydia’s rogue of a husband and Darcy’s sworn enemy.

The Wickhams features David Bertoldi, Luke Haskell, Sara Linares, Madeleine Rose Maggio, Kristen Moriarty, Devante Owens, and Naire Lynn Poole. It serves as a companion to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – the first Jane Austen-inspired production staged at Shakespeare & Company in 2017.

Performances will be held December 16, 17, and 18, at 7 p.m., and December 18 and 19 at 2 p.m., in-person at the Tina Packer Playhouse. The reading’s run-time is two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are general admission; Adults $27, Students $17. For more information, visit

All patrons at any indoor performance are required to show a form of ID and a COVID vaccination card, or proof of a negative COVID test taken within the last 48 hours. To ensure everyone’s safety and health, masks are required for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors.

Photo Caption: Left to Right: Jordan Cobb, Rory Hammond, Madeleine Rose Maggio, and David Bertoldi, Sense & Sensibility, 2019. Photo by Zachary de Silva.


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.