8 Best Performing Arts Venues in The Berkshires, Massachusetts

Barrington Stage Company

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In the summer, this theater company keeps two stages bustling with creative activity. The Main Stage hosts major musical productions and big names, while a smaller black box theater showcases new works-in-progress. Cabaret nights and a winter 10-minute play festival round out the yearly offerings.


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The 200-acre summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood attracts thousands every summer to concerts by world-famous musicians. The 5,000-seat main shed hosts larger concerts; the more intimate Seiji Ozawa Hall seats around 1,200 and is used for chamber music and solo performances. The hall is named for the renowned conductor, for years the BSO's music director, a job now held by the Latvian-born Andris Nelsons. Among the most rewarding ways to experience Tanglewood is to purchase lawn tickets, arrive early with blankets or lawn chairs, and enjoy a picnic under the stars. Except for the occasional big-name concert, lawn tickets cost only $21--$23. Inside the shed, tickets vary in price, with most of the good seats costing $50–$120. You can hear the same music for much less by attending an open rehearsal.

Williamstown Theatre Festival

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The festival, a past Tony Award winner for outstanding regional theater, is Williamstown's hottest summer ticket. From June through August, the long-running event presents well-known theatrical works featuring famous performers on the Main Stage and contemporary works on the Nikos Stage.

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Berkshire Theatre Group

This theater company has presented plays since 1929. Those on the Main Stage tend to be better-known works with established actors. A smaller theater mounts more experimental works, and some festival productions, including family-friendly shows and the holiday staple "A Christmas Carol" take place at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Colonial Theatre

Back in the day, stars such as Helen Hayes and Al Jolson appeared at this 780-seat 1903 theater; now restored, it hosts live music, theater and popular traveling shows. A second stage, the Garage, hosts $5 comedy nights and programs for children.

Images Cinema

The Berkshires' premier (and, admittedly, only) year-round nonprofit independent film house showcases art-house films, documentaries, and the latest from Sundance on two screens. There are outdoor shows during the summer.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Catch a performance by Arlo Guthrie or the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the center's stunning 1905 theater. The year-round schedule includes theater, music, dance, comedy, and film.

Shakespeare and Company

The works of William Shakespeare and other writers are performed between five theaters. The Tina Packer Playhouse and Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre are both indoors, so you can enjoy productions throughout much of the year. Outdoor theaters include the The New Spruce Theatre, Roman Garden Theatre, and the Rose Footprint Theatre, the latter of which reflects the dimensions of the Rose, Shakespeare's first performance space in London.