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SummerArts: Theater

Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA)

Williams College, 1000 Main Street
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(June 26 – August 19, 2012) Housed on the lush grounds of Williams College, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has become the “must-go” summer destination for savvy theatregoers seeking both excellence in theatre and the treat of experiencing some of their favorite star actors taking a turn on the stage. Winner of the 2002 regional theatre Tony Award, Williamstown has over the course of its 50 year history produced acclaimed work that has gone on to success in New York and throughout the United States. Past theatrical luminaries include Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kathleen Turner, appearing in the festival’s mixture of old and new, classic and contemporary drama and musicals. Renowned for its extensive training program that provides fellows for actors, directors and designers, Williamstown’s atmosphere for learning through experiencing has become as vital a part of the summer fun as the action in front of the footlights.

Williamstown Theatre Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Wednesday–Sunday. Over 200 performances are presented from June until August
  • Admission: Generally $25–$69. General Rush tickets are $15 for plays and $25 for musicals, and are available for the Thursday evening performances of all mainstage productions, beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the performance. Student Rush $15 for plays, $25 for musicals, and are available with a valid student ID beginning two hours prior to curtain for every performance, except Saturday evenings. The festival also offers a Kids’ Night where children under 18 can attend the first Friday performance of each mainstage production free of charge when accompanied by an adult with a full-priced ticket. The Festival also has a few designated free performances. Ticket exchanges are available with 48 hours advance and a $3 fee
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Williamstown Theatre Festival offers numerous educational programs (camps, classes, seminars, student matinées, etc.). Some require a fee, while others are free.