the Beautiful Berkshires
- Historic Sites & Estates
- Performing Arts Venues
- Museums & Galleries
- Culinary & Agrarian Attractions
- Outdoor Recreation & Sports
- Annual Events of Note
Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group
Named for the proprietors of The Red Lion Inn, the Main Stage was designed and built in 1888 as the Stockbridge Casino, and has served as a summer playhouse since 1928, making it one of the oldest summer theater festivals in the United States. Actors from Broadway and Hollywood regularly grace the stage.
Unicorn Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group
This smaller, more intimate theater, with nary a bad seat in the house – as well as the modern convenience of air conditioning – shares the same campus, and much of the same talent, as the Fitzpatrick Main Stage.
The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, established in the 1930s, is widely viewed as a premier destination for classical music performed by the world’s finest musicians and orchestras, led by esteemed conductors. Reserve sheltered seating in the Koussevitsky Shed or Seiji Ozawa Hall, or bring a picnic and enjoy music under the stars. Annual events such as the live recording of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Movie Night with John Williams, and Tanglewood on Parade, along with regular appearances by James Taylor and other popular music acts, draw enthusiastic crowds.
Shakespeare & Company
Dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare, this resident company also produces the work of prominent authors, from the Bard’s contemporaries to modern masters, on two stages. Shakespeare & Co. also presents new work by emerging playwrights, as well as author talks and free family-friendly performances on an outdoor stage throughout the summer.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
This beautifully restored Gilded-Age hall presents a wide variety of entertainments, including dance, music of all genres, classic films, author events, and “Live in HD” screenings from the Metropolitan Opera House and London’s National Theatre and other special events. It is home to Berkshire Playwrights Lab, presenting theater works-in-progress throughout the summer, and Close Encounters with Music, presenting thematic chamber music recitals with top musicians from around the world.
Aston Magna Music Festival
Aston Magna, the longest continuously operating series of music performed on period instruments or historically accurate reproductions, focuses on work composed in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, ranging from the Renaissance to early Baroque periods. Most local performances are held in Great Barrington at the Daniel Arts Center.
South Mountain Concerts
Chamber music recitals performed by some of the world’s finest ensembles fills this historic concert hall, which was built in 1918 of re-purposed timber from an old textile mill. The hall seats 440 and boasts magnificent acoustics.
The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group
Audiences will find everything from family fare to adults-only comedians to stunningly staged classic musicals, plus all types of music, at this resplendent Gilded-Age jewel-box theatre. “The Garage,” a small stage in the lobby, hosts up-and-coming pop and folk music acts.
Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company is known for its exuberant productions of classic Broadway musicals, as well as its in-progress presentations of new work by up-and-coming playwrites, composers, and lyricists under the guidance of Tony Award-winner William Finn. BSC also presents world premieres by award-winning playwright Mark St. Germain, many of which go on to Broadway or Off-Broadway runs. Stars of the musical theater realm occasionally crop up for an evening of song on the BSC schedule.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
The nation’s oldest summer dance festival brings acclaimed artists from around the world to dance on two barn-like stages on this historic, rural mountaintop campus. Families flock to free performances on an outdoor stage with a verdant valley as a backdrop.
Tannery Pond Concerts
A historic Shaker tannery re-purposed as a concert hall provides an intimate, resonant performance space for this series of recitals by internationally acclaimed musicians.
Music & More in the Meeting House
A seasonal series of chamber music recitals, author discussions and readings, films, and other performances, held in a historic, quintessential New England meetinghouse.
Chester Theatre Company
This brief summer series of contemporary theater is committed to presenting thought-provoking, language-rich plays, including many world-premiere productions, in the town hall of the remote village of Chester.
A summer series of everyone’s favorite musicals, presented in the round.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Enjoy theater, film, music, children’s programs, and dance – including participatory dance such as swing, salsa, and R&B – under an intimate clam shell tent, set amid an apple orchard.
Infinity Music Hall
Enjoy live performances of popular music by contemporary artists, reunited rock bands, and tribute groups, as well as other genres in an intimate, lovingly renovated 1883 performance hall with onsite, casual dining available at the Bistro.