Music, Theater, Dance
8 minutes/ 3.5 miles
297 West Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Tanglewood, the 200-acre summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, attracts thousands every year to concerts by world-famous performers from mid-June to Labor Day. The 5,000-seat main shed hosts larger concerts; the Seiji Ozawa Hall (named for a former BSO conductor) seats around 1,200 and is used for recitals, chamber music, and more intimate performances by summer program students and soloists. One of the most rewarding ways to experience Tanglewood is to purchase lawn tickets, arrive early with blankets or lawn chairs, and have a picnic. Except for the occasional celebrity concert, lawn tickets remain below $20, and concerts can be clearly heard from just about any spot on the lawn. Inside the shed, tickets vary in price, with most of the good seats costing between $38 and $100.
Shakespeare and Company
7 minutes/3 miles
70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony; a company which performs as the Elizabethans did - in love with poetry, mystical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over one hundred artists, the Company performs works by Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors and designers of all races, nationalities and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. It also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company's educational programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare's truths, in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.
24 minutes/13.5 miles
358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223
The Pillow presents international dance in many forms, styles, and traditions, and approximately 200 free events each season, including performances, lectures, tours, films, exhibits, and talks with artists from all over the world, culminating in approximately 80,000 visitors annually. Performances at Jacob’s Pillow take place on three stages. Another facet of Jacob’s Pillow’s ongoing educational efforts is the Pillow Talk series, which covers the art of dance and artists performing each week through intimate panel discussions, interviews, film screenings, and book signings. Exhibits are free and open to the general public, as are The Archives, which offer the opportunity to view videos, read books, access the Pillow’s computer catalog, or view The Pillow's permanent collections of programs and photographs. Free historical walking tours are available to the public weekly during the summer.
The Colonial Theater
11 minutes/6 miles
111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Built in 1903, The Colonial Theatre was host to many theater greats including George M. Cohan, Sara Bernhardt, John Barrymore, Eubie Blake, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Billie Burke, John Phillips Sousa and the Ziegfeld Follies. The theater was designed by Pittsfield architect Joseph McArthur Vance. Its ornate turn-of-the 20th century interior has been well preserved by its various owners. Although the theater was closed in 1951, its grandeur had been protected through the years by George Miller and his son, Steven. Miller preserved many features of the Colonial during its conversion from a theater to the Miller's Art Supply Store, making it possible to eventually restore the theater back to its earlier grandeur.
The Colonial Theater was named by Hillary Clinton as a National Historic Treasure in 1998. Following this announcement, the community invested more than $22 million to refurbish the 100-year old Colonial Theatre, one of the only theaters of its kind from the Vaudeville age, described as the "one of the finest acoustical theaters in the world."
The Colonial Theatre Restoration completed work in 2006 and it is now open to the public. Many notable performers have since graced the stage, including James Taylor, the Lovin' Spoonful, and many other musical and theater acts.