Visitors to the Berkshires will find a wide array of family-friendly entertainment all year long at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. An historic theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Mahaiwe presents concerts, plays, timeless films, and dance. Shakespeare & Company, which got its start in 1978, performs the Immortal Bard’s tragedies and comedies at the Founders’ Theatre and Rose Footprint Theatre in Lenox, MA from May through September. Classes are available for actors interested in classical performance training. The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is home to everything from films and live theater to music and comedy shows.
In addition to being one of America’s oldest professional regional theatres, the Berkshire Theatre Festival is also the longest-running cultural organization in the region. Founded in 1928, the Berkshire Theatre Festival features world premiere plays, contemporary dramas, and classics. A most intimate venue, Club Helsinki is where you’ll encounter the Berkshires’ top musicians along with some of the world’s best, including Guy Davis and The Blind Boys of Alabama. A professional theatre group that began in 1995, the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA is known for producing and developing new plays and musicals. The fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, Barrington Stage Company has been receiving national attention for its superlative productions. For more information on entertainment options in the Berkshires, visit http://www.berkshires.org/Default.aspx?tabid=55.