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Berkshire Theatre Festival (Pittsfield/Stockbridge, MA)

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(June 21 – September 1, 2012) Founded in 1928, the Berkshire Theatre Festival is one of the longest running theatrical entities in the country. Now encompassing two full seasons (a mainstage and secondary Unicorn stage for more experimental works), the BTF presents a fully realized offering of world premieres, new and classic plays, and musicals each year between the months of June and October. As popular with the local residents as with selective vacationing New Yorkers, the Festival is renowned for pulling from the best of Broadway talent and creative forces (Katharine Hepburn and James Cagney are past alumni) in such acclaimed productions as Macbeth, A Delicate Balance and Night of the Iguana. A popular concert series and children’s theatre round out the BTF’s program, all happily ensconced on the gorgeous grounds of the former Stockbridge Casino, originally built by Stanford White in 1888.

Berkshire Theatre Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Twelve productions are presented each year; the mainstage season is June through early September, while the Unicorn Theatre season goes from May to December. Performance schedule is Sunday–Saturday
  • Admission: $39–$68. Theatre for Young Audiences single tickets are $7–$39
  • Group Discounts: Group discounts are available
  • Subscription/Memberships: Full-season subscriptions cost $137–$272
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Educational programs include apprenticeships ($3,000 plus), Theatre for Young Audiences ($7–$10), and internships (college credit for participants).