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Production Resources, Theater, and Studio Rentals

Shakespeare & Company has some of the most creative and technically advanced spaces on the East Coast, as well as a full range of props, costumes, and other production resources. We also have a wide range of event and studio spaces available for meetings, workshops, seminars, and celebrations.

To learn more about rentals of our theaters, studio spaces, and production resources, contact us.

Props, Weapons & Furniture

Shakespeare & Company’s talented scenic and props artisans have over the years designed, built and collected a number of hand props, furniture pieces and other scenic elements from a variety of historical periods and styles. Chances are good that we’ll have something to fit your needs.

Hand Prop, Furniture Piece, and Scenic Element rental fees are on a per week basis, are available upon reques,t and are determined by the Production Staff. There is discount for long term, multi week, rentals.

Theater & Studio Spaces

Shakespeare & Company has a variety of theater, event, studio and production 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, Mass. See below for a complete list of our facilities.

Costumes

Shakespeare & Company’s stock consists of four decades worth of contemporary and period costumes, hats, shoes, masks, and accessories. There are more than 50,000 costume pieces in four rooms, carefully organized by type and color, and some by period. Costumes are not sized.

Costumes

Book Your Wedding or Special Event at Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company offers a one-of-a kind experience for guests that adds theatrical flair to any event.

Our amenities include accessible indoor and outdoor stages for ceremonies and receptions; dressing rooms; access to costume, prop, studio space, and scenery rentals; contemporary bar and lounge areas; ample on-site parking; golf cart rentals, and even the option to work with an on-site producer.

Rental Fees & Policies

Consultation Fee: $25 per hour*

*All rentals are subject to a Consultation Fee to allow for our assistance in opening storage, pulling weapons, props or furniture or pulling, matching and sizing of costumes. Props, furniture and scenic elements are released at the discretion of the Production Managers or Props Master. Props and furniture are valuable items — deposits are held subject to proper return of a rental and will be utilized if repair or replacement is needed.

A selection of monthly rental fees.

Contact the Weapons Master for more info, or to inquire about weapons not listed here.
All rental amounts are for the first month. That is the minimum rate. We do not do weekly rentals.
Rentals of longer duration will be negotiated case-by-case.

Broadswords (short/long) $30/mo
Light broadswords (short/long) $25/mo
Rapiers (cage hilt, bell hilt) $30/mo
Daggers (8″, 12″, dirk) $20/mo
Wooden daggers $10/mo
Sheaths $15/mo

A note about renting weapons: Rental of weapons is limited to those individuals or organizations that Shakespeare & Company deems trained in their use. Weapons are released at the discretion of the Weapons Master. A refundable security deposit will be required. We do NOT ship. All rentals pick-ups and returns will be the responsibility of the customer.

2023 Costume Rental Policy

Rental appointments are subject to availability, and should be requested at least one week in advance by calling (413) 637-1199 ext. 376 or by emailing mhathaway@shakespeare.design. Face masks and social distancing are required, and no more than two people from each institution may attend an appointment. Please note: Shakespeare & Company does not ship costumes.

Rental rates for non-profits (schools, colleges, and theaters) are $45/costume* for the first week of dress rehearsals, previews, and performances, and $30/costume for each subsequent week. Deposits are negotiable.

Rental rates for individuals and for-profit organizations (businesses, films, corporations, etc.) are $100/costume* for the first week of shooting, dress rehearsals, previews, and performances, and $60/costume for each subsequent week, with deposits required.

Selecting and pulling costumes from Shakespeare & Company’s stock is, after a brief tour, entirely self-service and the responsibility of the renter. Shakespeare & Company suggests renters bring performers’ measurements with them. Prior arrangement may be made with the Rentals Manager if assistance is desired in pulling. This service is subject to the availability of staff, and requires a $25/hour consultation fee. Please note: Shakespeare & Company does not pull and ship rentals.

Items unavailable for rent include some footwear and all high boots, tights, stockings, undergarments, corsets, antique or fragile garments, and costume pieces potentially needed for current or upcoming Shakespeare & Company productions. Holds are made at the discretion of the rental staff.

Transport of rented costumes is the responsibility of the renter. The renter will take pulled costumes with them on the day they are pulled, and the renter should bring baskets or bags for transportation. All costumes taken out on hangers must be returned with hangers.

Care of rented pieces includes the renter agreeing to exercise the highest degree of care of pieces rented from Shakespeare & Company. All costumes are rented “as is.” Carefully stitched alterations of Shakespeare & Company costumes are acceptable; major alterations must be reversed before return. Proper care of garments assumes that: The renter may not cut, paint, or dye costumes, use staples, safety pins, glue or tape to alter a piece, or in any way irreparably alter or damage a costume. Damaged or lost costumes will be subject to repair or replacement fees.

Costumes must be laundered and /or professionally dry cleaned before return. Shoes, hats, leathers and masks must be gently sprayed with an antiviral spray such as Lysol before return. A copy of all dry-cleaning receipts must accompany each return.

Rental return dates will be agreed upon by the renter and the Rental Manager and noted at the time of rental, generally 10 days after the close of a show to allow time for cleaning. Costumes returned later than the agreed upon return date will continue to be charged at the “subsequent week” rate of $30 or $60/costume/week until returned. An additional holding fee of $35 per week may be added to rentals pulled and racked well in advance of fittings and performance opening.

Payment is due within 30 days of the last performance date or it is subject to a 5% of the total rental fee every month thereafter. A credit card number is required as a guarantee, and is the preferred form of payment.

Talk to us about Rentals

Shakespeare & Company has some of the most creative and technically advanced spaces on the East Coast, as well as a full range of props, costumes, and other production resources. We also have a wide range of event and studio spaces available for meetings, workshops, seminars, and celebrations.
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