Merry Month of May

The Merry Month of May is a great time to visit the Berkshires.  First of all, guests of Brook Farm Inn, your Lenox, MA bed and breakfast, who arrive in May will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco or non-alcoholic sparkling beverage. It’s our Sparkling Spring Special.

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Sparkling Spring Special

Here’s your guideline to what’s happening in the Berkshires in May.

May 3 – Meet Rockwell’s Models

At the Norman Rockwell Museum, people who posed for the famous illustrator will tell about their experiences.


May 10 and 17 – Music at the Dream Away Lodge

This restaurant has been a Berkshires legend for over 90 years.Featuring great food, a funky atmosphere and live music, it’s located in Becket. On May 10, enjoy the music of Bernice Lewis.  On May 17th, Podunk Throwbacks will perform.


May 2, 3, 4 – TheatreFest@Saint James Place

Enjoy 8 works by 7 local playwrights. Be among the first to see original plays, works in progress and emerging artists.  This is a new way to experience the exciting Berkshires cultural scene. It’s in Great Barrington, MA.

May 5 – Close Encounters With Music

The Luncheon Musicale  features phenom cellist Hayden Idson. Celebrate in the Salon in the Gilded Age elegance of the Lenox Club, a venerable Berkshire presence since 1864!. Savor a superb lunch and support Close Encounters With Music. La vie est belle!!!


May 22 – June 8 – Barrington Stage Co.

“Hold These Truths ” is about unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi.  He refused to go to a relocation cam with other Japanese Americans during WW II.  Journeying from college to courtroom to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he’s the subject of this award winning play.


May 23 – July 14 – Shakespeare & Co.

Starting in the Merry Month of May, our local Lenox theater offers “The Waverly Gallery.” It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and tells of a NYC family matriarch. She was a lawyer and ran a gallery for decades, but now faces memory and hearing loss. It’s a touching play about how family roles are re-fashioned over time.


May 23 – June 2 – Mac-Haydn Theatre

This is a  theater in the round, known for producing wonderful musicals. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, you  can enjoy the classic “Camelot.” It’s the legendary show about King Arthur, Guinevere and Sir Lancelot.


May 24 – June 15 – Berkshire Theatre Group

At BTG’s Unicorn Theatre,  see Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” This play won many awards and has been labeled “provocative,” “daring,” and “controversial.”


So you mustn’t lose the opportunity to visit the Berkshires in May, or any time, to experience the great cultural offerings.  Hope to see you soon!

Merry Month of May





Winter Warmth at Berkshires Theaters

Winter warmth at Berkshires theaters beckons now!  See great plays and hear great music in January and February.  Our Brook Farm Inn location in Lenox, MA is near them all.  It’s less expensive than New York or Boston, and parking’s not a problem! Book now at Brook Farm Inn to enjoy winter entertainment, plus a cozy fireplace room and delicious buffet breakfast.

Coming very soon is the Winter Studio of Plays at Shakespeare & Co.  It’s right around the corner from Brook Farm Inn in Lenox, MA.  This annual event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  It’s on January 19 and 20th.


Valentine’s Day inspires lots of choices to please you and your sweetheart. Winter in the Berkshires theaters includes performances at Barrington Stage Co. It’s in Pittsfield, near our Lenox B&B. From February 14 through March 10, theater goers will love the 10X10 New Play Festival. Every year during the winter season, BSC offers this unique experience of 10 Ten Minute plays by 10 playwrights.

And you won’t want to miss “Shakespeare’s Valentine Surprise” at Shakespeare & Co. It’s hosted by Kevin Bartini, a comedian you may recognize.  For example, he’s worked in comedy clubs and also with Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and in Comedy Central.  That’s February 16 and 17 and it includes some very famous love scenes — a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Now, for those who remember famous songsters from the ’50’s like The Drifters and The Platters, this is for you!  At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, you’ll enjoy Solid Gold Saturday Night:  Remember the Fifties Concert. Remember “Under the Boardwalk?”  Or “Save the Last Dance for Me?” How about ” Smoke Gets in Your Eyes?” You’ll have a great nostalgic evening on February 16th.


Things to Do

Your Lenox, MA innkeepers look forward to helping you and your sweetheart enjoy winter warmth and a great escape.

Celebrate the 40th Season of The Berkshires’ Shakespeare and Company!

shakespeare and companyThe 2017 Summer season of the Berkshires’ Shakespeare and Company is off and running: May 25th through August 26th, 2017! This year’s season includes three Shakespeare plays, Lynne Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, Lovers’ Spat – Shakespeare’s Famous Couple’s Encounters, two Edith Wharton comedies (Roman Fever, and a newly adapted work, The Fullness of Life), and more! Shakespeare & Company’s 40th season also includes a special August series: Storytellers and Songwriters.

Shakespeare and Company, one of the largest Shakespeare Festivals in the country, was founded in 1978. Originally based at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, the company performs both Shakespeare and new plays, as well as actor training programs for professionals and students. Alumni/ae include such famous names as Richard Dreyfuss, Andie MacDowell, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Sigourney Weaver, and Olympia Dukakis.

The 2017 Summer Season opened Memorial Day Weekend with Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles with muc more to follow. This year’s festival promises a host of audience and critics’ favorite actors, along with a crowd of exciting newcomers to the Company.

And that’s not all!

2017 also marks Shakespeare & Company’s 40th Anniversary Season. In celebration, the 2017 summer program includes a special August series: Storytellers and Songwriters. The series explores a variety of solo performances interwoven with live music and song in the Shakespearean vein.

2017 Shakespeare and Company Summer Season
4000 Miles – May 25 through July 16 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Amy Herzog
Directed by Nicole Ricciardi
Cast: Gregory Boover, Emma Geer, Zoë Laiz, and Annette Miller

Intimate Apparel – June 20 through August 13 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Daniela Varon
Cast: MaConnia Chesser, Lee Edward Colston II, Nehassaiu deGannes, ChristiAnna Nelson, Tommy Schrider, and Whitney White

Cymbeline – July 04 through August 6 at the Tina Packer Playhouse
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tina Packer
Cast: Jason Asprey, Thomas Brazzle, Jonathan Epstein, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Tamara Hickey, Ella Loudon, Josh Aaron McCabe, and Bella Merlin

The Tempest – August 10 through September 03 at the Roman Garden Theatre
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows
Cast: Jason Asprey, Thomas Brazzle, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Tamara Hickey, Ella Loudon, Josh Aaron McCabe, Bella Merlin, and Mark Zeisler

Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life – August 17 through September 10 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Edith Wharton, adapted by Dennis Krausnick
Directed by Normi Noel
Cast: David Joseph, Corinna May, and Diane Prusha

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – July 11 through August 19 at The Dell-Outdoors at the Mount
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Croy
Cast: David Bertoldi, Caroline Calkins, Tim Dowd, Lori Evans, Rory Hammond, Luke Haskell, Kate Kenney, Mairead Kohler, Caitlin Kraft, Madeleine Rose Maggio, Devante Owens, Thomas Randle, Thomas Reynolds, Leon Schwendener, and Dara Silverman

God of Carnage – September 14 through October 8 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Regge Life
Cast: Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Allyn Burrows, Jonathan Croy, and Kristin Wold

Other special events planned for this amazing season include: The 40th Season Ruby Gala on July 1st and the Fourth of July Community Celebration on Independence Day. Visit the Shakespeare & Company website for the full calendar of special events!

Shakespeare and Company

70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Berkshires Lodging
Brook Farm Inn is less than five minutes drive from Shakespeare & Company’s headquarters, right here in Lenox, MA! In fact, our B&B’s convenient location puts the very best of the Berkshires right at your fingertips! Choose from 15 guest rooms and a carriage house, all nestled among beautifully maintained trees and gardens. Book your Berkshires getaway at Brook Farm Inn today!

This is Why You’ll Love the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Lenox, MA, is a great destination for a variety of cultural and artistic endeavors. Whether you’re looking to peruse art galleries, go to a concert, or attend a play, there are many venues that will suit your preferences. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a great destination for live performances that are sure to delight and entertain. At this beautiful historic theater, you will discover music, dance, theater, opera, film, and more! Discover a variety of artistic endeavors at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Find out more about all of the great entertainment near Brook Farm Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for places to discover local creatives, like the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

History of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Mahaiwe Theater was built back in 1904, after a coalition of local businessmen orchestrated the architectural and cultural achievement. The three-story French Renaissance Revival brick and marble building officially opened the next year. With a capacity of 1,000, the performing arts center was initially home to vaudeville acts and musical performances, such as that of John Philip Sousa. Renovations and redevelopments followed, with the final work completed in 2005. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers a year-round schedule of performances!

Events at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Discover the best of the artistic entertainment scene during your stay in the Berkshires when you visit the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. From a rousing holiday performance of the Nutcracker Ballet to film showings for audiences of all ages, there are many things to love about this venue. There are many operas at the center as well, while theater takes the main stage throughout the year for some comedies, tragedies, and everything in between. Musical performances, from classical string quartets to bluegrass bands, are some other Mahaiwe favorites! Discover what shows are happening while you are in town, and plan to work one into your itinerary.

Plan Your Visit to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Located in Great Barrington, MA, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is a popular Berkshires entertainment destination. When you plan your visit to the Berkshires and your stay at Brook Farm Inn, be sure to consider this attraction for your itinerary. Whether you are looking to see a band, play, or movie, there are several performances throughout the year at Mahaiwe in a variety of media and genres. Your visit to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the perfect date night plan, following or preceding a delicious dinner at a local restaurant. Discover a taste of what the Berkshires art scene has to offer with this great venue!

Stay With Us at Brook Farm Inn

Our Lenox, MA, bed and breakfast is the perfect retreat to enjoy during your stay in the Berkshires. Our charming inn features luxurious amenities among antique decorations and spacious accommodations. A complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as an on-site spa, are just two reasons you should stay with us!

5 Reasons to See Shakespeare and Company in Lenox

With over 150 artists and 75,000 patrons annually, Shakespeare and Company in Lenox is known for its extensive actor training and theatre-in-education programs. The theatre company embodies the Elizabethan ideals of poetic language, visceral experience, and the mysteries of the universe, as well as inquiry, balance, and harmony. All performances are based around these core principles.

Three Theatres

With three theatres, there are a variety of venue spaces to enjoy. The Tina Packer Playhouse is inspired by Shakespeare’s theatres, where every member of the audience was close to the action. The scaffold-and-canvas theatre, newly configured in-the-round, has two levels and audience members on all sides. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theater lobby, cafe, and outdoor terrace is designed as an open gallery space, with four different seating configurations available for stage presentations. Then, the tented outdoor Rose Footprint Theatre is a reconstruction of the first level of the Rose Playhouse, which was Shakespeare’s first London theatre.  

Actor Training

A focal point of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox is the professional actor training program, which is centered around performing Shakespeare specifically. The curriculum is internationally recognized and propels actors to a higher level of vocabulary, talent, and intuition. As a center for actor training, the performances that the theatre company produces are at the top tier of the industry, with professional performers learning an unmatched foundation of Shakespeare and building upon that for each performance.

Renowned Performances

Actor training is just a part of the preparation for the performances hosted by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox. Since its founding in 1978, Shakespeare and Company in Lenox has been established as a foremost repertory theatre company in the country, with previous Shakespeare performances such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet, and 2016 upcoming shows like The Merchant of Venice (July 1- Aug. 21), Twelfth Night (July 14- Aug. 20), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Aug. 4- Sept. 4). Plays not written by Shakespeare are also included in the history and line-up.

Eat While You Watch

Shakespeare and Company in Lenox offers light fare, including cookies, snacks, and refreshments, at concession stands for purchase before and after shows. There is also a sprawling outdoor veranda space outside the Tina Packer Playhouse with picnic tables for eating. You can bring your own picnic or grab a snack and drink from the bar! Just outside the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater are umbrella-shaded tables, while Mike’s Place is steps away with snacks and treats.

Shakespeare and Company in Lenox Store

The online store includes clothing, hats, and other souvenirs with the company logo and relevant designs. Among other trinkets and treats, you can pick up Much Ado About Nothing sticky notes, ShakeSpearmints, a Shakespeare coloring book. These gifts are great for your literary friends back home or to keep for yourself (and chuckle at whenever you feel like it). Follow up a top-notch play with a way to remember it!

After Enjoying the Arts and Culture

Experience the arts and culture that Lenox has to offer, including Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, during your stay at Brook Farm! Just a short walk from the center of Lenox and less than a mile from Tanglewood, the inn is within easy reach of the arts and entertainment that the area has to offer. With delicious food, massages, cozy fireplaces, and sweeping gardens, this beautiful retreat will draw you in and make you want to stay!