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2023 Gala: Honoring Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer

Celebrating the incredible legacy of Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. Tina’s vision made Shakespeare & Company what it is today, and has shaped how Shakespeare is talked about, performed, and experienced around the world. We are excited to gather, with artists and individuals from the span of the Company’s history, to revel in all that Tina has contributed to performance, actor training, theater education, and the Berkshires.


Hamlet: A Staged Reading

Murder both intentional and accidental as well as madness both piteous and pretended will haunt the Tina Packer Playhouse as Shakespeare & Company presents a three-performance reading of William Shakespeare’s most memorable tragedy: Hamlet. This limited run will be directed by Shakespeare & Company Founding Member Kevin G. Coleman, a two-time Tony Award nominee for Excellence in Education.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Athenians mix it up with the forest fairies in this raucous romp that features magical meddling, romantic tangles, and a play within a play for good measure. One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been described by scholars as carnivalesque: pushing the plot forward through humor and chaos.

Lulu-Fest Lenox Jazz Festival

LuluFest Lenox Jazz Festival Featuring three brilliant women-led bands: Mary Ann McSweeney’s Urban Fado Project, the Peggy Stern Quartet, and Grammy-nominated jazz violinist Sara Caswell and her band.

Lunar Eclipse

On a summer night, in the middle of a field on their midwest farm, a long-married couple sits on folding chairs to observe the seven stages of a lunar eclipse. While watching the celestial phenomenon unfold, the two sip bourbon and reflect on land and legacy, on children and dogs, and the accelerating passage of time. Lunar Eclipse is a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories), making its World Premiere at Shakespeare & Company.

Golda’s Balcony

The world premiere of Golda’s Balcony was produced at Shakespeare & Company in May 2002 and went on to become the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history. The inspiring story of Golda Meir – Russian immigrant, American school teacher, and fourth Prime Minister of Israel – returns, staged at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre and featuring Annette Miller reprising her original performance.


August Wilson’s Fences

August Wilson’s Fences, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 1987, is set in the 1950s and is part of the playwright’s acclaimed American Century Cycle.

Dear Jack Dear Louise

Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise

Shakespeare & Company presents the Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise – the story of two strangers introduced through letters, kept apart by war, and drawn together through shared stories of their lives, hopes, and fears. A comedic and touching look at life in 1942 complete with nods to music, theater, and literature. Dear Jack, Dear Louise was inspired by the World War II courtship of Ludwig’s parents.

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