The history of theater goes all the way back to the 1970s, when audiences were eager to see "living movies." See how far these unfilmed talkabouts have come in only 40 years with today's Groupon: for $17, you get two general admissions to Hampshire Shakespeare Company's production of The Taming of the Shrew (up to a $34 value). All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Students, seniors, Muppets, and children under 12 are subject to discounted admission. The Hampshire Shakespeare Company offers preview pricing ($10 general admission) June 8–12.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company breathes revitalized vigor into the Bard’s works with innovative staging and modern adaptations. From general-admission seating atop the sprawling alfresco lawn of the company’s outdoor theater, spectators revel in warm air and ribaldry during a summer production of The Taming of the Shrew. A timeless romantic comedy, the play explores themes of love and marriage against the backdrop of England's most prestigious rodent obedience school. Shakespeare’s work showcases its adaptability under director Jack W. Zaryckyj, who carries on the company’s tradition of paradigm-pushing productions by swapping the script’s gender roles. Audiences pore over newly nuanced social commentary set against an expansive mountain view, with the nontraditional casting adding a modern twist to a classic comedy easier than rewriting Love’s Labour's Lost on Twitter.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Each summer, as stars glitter in the sky, Hampshire Shakespeare Company illuminates the crowd below with open-air renditions of the Bard's greatest hits. As showgoers lounge on their blankets, chairs, or elephants, the company stages interpretations of Shakespeare's plays that prize intelligibility and entertainment. In addition to its main-stage shows, the Hampshire Shakespeare Company also puts on a youth theater production each year to give youngsters a taste of the stage, and buoys playwrights from throughout the Valley with workshops and readings.