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Shakespeare & Company Announces First Three Titles of the 45th Season

Modern and Shakespeare Productions to be Staged Indoors and Outdoors

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company announced today the first three titles slated for production during its 45th Season, beginning in June 2022.

Two works by Shakespeare and a modern production will open the season, which also marks the one-year anniversary of The New Spruce Theatre – Shakespeare & Company’s 500-seat amphitheater, constructed in the summer of 2021 – and the re-opening of the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre following closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, featuring three contemporary productions.

An outdoor production in the Roman Garden Theatre and a festival of weekend offerings in July are also planned. Full details will be announced in January. FLEXpasses are on sale now at early-bird prices in three- and five-show packages; visit our FLEXpass page to purchase, or call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353.

Shakespeare & Company’s 2022 Season will include:

An Iliad, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, June 3 – July 3, indoors at the Tina Packer Playhouse. Directed by Jeffrey Mousseau; featuring MaConnia Chesser.

From Robert Fagles’ translation, An Iliad transforms Homer’s epic poem into a riveting monologue. Crafted around the stories of Achilles and Hector with language that is both poetic and conversational, An Iliad refreshes a world classic, thus creating a powerful piece of theater that explores the human compulsion toward violence.

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, July 2 – August 14, outdoors at the New Spruce Theatre. Directed by Kelly Galvin.

A celebration of true love, friendship, and wit, Much Ado About Nothing features some of Shakespeare’s most satisfying language as it tells the story of two romantic pairings and accompanying comedy, trickery, and intrigue.

Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare, August 19 – September 18, indoors at the Tina Packer Playhouse. Directed by Alice Reagan.

When Angelo is abruptly appointed to rule over a chaotic and debauched city, he restores order with repressive laws and an iron fist over licentiousness. The object of his own twisted desire is a young nun, whom he puts in an unthinkable position. "To whom should I complain?" is all that young Isabella can utter when she finds herself the target of his abuse of power.

For more information, call (413) 637-3353.


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.

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Photo Caption: Jennie M. Jadow and MaConnia Chesser in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor in The Roman Garden Theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Photo by Nile Scott Studios, 2019.

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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.

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