Events Calendar -- Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 semester begins on January 23rd

Please bear with us as we finalize the details of our offerings for this semester. Remember to continue checking back for updates on speakers, dates, times, and events!



Continuing every Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Community Class: Shakespeare's History Plays with Marie Roche

Marie Roche of UMass Amherst will teach a class on "King John" and "Richard II." Free and open to all. Please pre-register by March April 2 at 413-577-3600 or by email at Runs 8 weeks.


Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 pm

Five College Renaissance Seminar with Travis Williams

Travis Williams, Associate Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island will present a Five College Renaissance Seminar. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.


Friday, May 5 at 4:00 pm


Our annual reading aloud of sonnets followed by a reception. Call the Center at 413-577-3600 or email to sign up to read a sonnet. Free and open to the public.


Sunday, May 7 from 11:00 am -- 4:00 pm

15th Annual Community Renaissance Festival

We’ll have theater, music, falconry, juggling, sword demonstrations from Phoenix Swords, Renaissance games, artisans, dancing, and more! Costumes encouraged! Fun for the whole family. Rain or shine. Plenty of on-site free parking. Food for sale from UMass concessions. Free and open to the public, though donations are most welcome.

Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm

The Young Shakespeare Players -- East presents "As You Like It"

The Young Shakespeare Players East will be performing their production of “As You Like It” at The Renaissance Center. Free and open to the public. No reservations required.

Summer 2017

Saturday, June 10 from 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

Garden Opening Concert

To celebrate the official opening of our gardens, we invite you to hear three concerts outside on the grounds of the Renaissance Center. Guests may take refreshments outside to enjoy during the concerts. No reservations are required. A suggested donation of $5 per peson is requested.

Tuesday, August 1 at 11:00 am

Enchanted Circle Theater's Shakespeare Academy Production

Student actors from Holyoke school system’s summer acting program will present scenes from a Shakespeare play, using the Hampshire Shakespeare Company’s main stage. Free and open to the public.


Renaissance Wednesdays

Discussions of the Renaissance roots of our culture, at 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room with refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club. Free of charge and open to the public.

First Sunday Concerts

Concerts featuring performances of early music at 2:00 pm on the first Sunday of the month in the Reading Room at The Renaissance Center are done for the Spring. Check our calendar next Fall for more concerts..

Community Classes for Adults

Informal classes for the community. Offered each semester. Free of charge and open to all. Registration is required by phone at 413-577-3600 or by email.



Hampshire Shakespeare Logo

Shakespeare Under the Stars 2017 Performance Season Will

Take Place in

The Meadow of

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

2017 Season:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare and

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

This will be done in Alternating Performances June 22 - August 5, 2017

Young Company: Hamlet

Hampshire Shakespeare Company is a community-based organization with part-time seasonal professional staff. The Company brings together professional, amateur and student performers, offering audiences and actors a range of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.