Group Travel Articles

Setting the Stage

By Josh Weatherwax

With so much to see and do in the Berkshires, streamlining a group itinerary can be difficult. So, what does the Berkshires have to offer that should definitely make the list? Theaters! Berkshire County has a wide array of world-class theaters that offer plays, concerts, and more that are sure to please any group.

Located in the heart of Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company (BSC) has called Berkshire County home since 1995. BSC produces nine productions from May to October in four different theater spaces: the 520-seat state-of-the-art Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, the 114-seat St. Germain stage, the 990-seat Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, and Youth Theatre at Berkshire Museum. Groups receive great benefits: savings, waived fees, complimentary tickets, post-show discussions, priority reservations, and more.

With stages in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, the Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) can entertain your group with a variety of performances. Created in 2010 by the merger of two of Berkshire County’s oldest cultural organizations (Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Colonial Theatre) BTG covers the gamut with kid-friendly performances, adult comedy, plays, concerts, and more. Groups receive discounts and enjoy many premium group benefits.

Enjoy world-class theater, dance, and music.
Photo Credit: Shakespeare & Company

Looking for something more classical? Make sure to stop by Shakespeare & Company’s beautiful estate in Lenox. With three separate theater spaces, including an outdoor tented theater, there are a number of ways to enjoy the words of the Bard. In addition to the more traditional fare, expect to find a variety of modern plays and even live radio plays. Bring a group of 12 or more to any Shakespeare & Company performance and enjoy exclusive group benefits including discounted ticket pricing, backstage tours, talkbacks, and more. Each group experience is customized to suit your group’s schedule, tastes, and budget.

If you’re interested in theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women artists and/or stories of women and girls, look no further than WAM Theatre. Performing at a number of venues across the Berkshires, WAM donates a portion of proceeds from their theatrical events to organizations that work to benefit the lives of women and girls in our communities and worldwide.

Get your group immersed in the environment at a dance festival.
Photo Credit: Christopher Duggan

If plays aren’t your group’s thing, check out Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket. Lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times). “The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. With more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events, any fan of dance will leave satisfied.

Looking for performing arts not just in the high season? The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is open year-round. Located in the arts-centric downtown of Great Barrington, the Mahaiwe is home to a variety of events including plays, concerts, opera, movies, and more.

Last, but certainly not least, is Tanglewood. Known as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood draws over 350,000 visitors each year to see a range of performances, from rock concerts to symphonies. Located between Lenox and Stockbridge, this popular amphitheater has Saturday morning open rehearsals, an open-air amphitheater, and a beautiful landscape. For groups, they offer great discounts, flexible payment plans, and more.

These are just a few of our wonderful theaters. For more information on upcoming theatrical events take a look at our events calendar. There’s something for everyone!

Josh is the Special Projects Associate at 1Berkshire, which means he is a jack of all trades. He spends most of his time at work doing graphic design, marketing, and content creation and editing. He is a Navy veteran and a freelance graphic designer.