The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies
650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
Hampshire Shakespeare Company performs on the grounds of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies (650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002). The Center occupies the grounds of the former 28-acre estate of Winthrop Saltonstall Dakin, a local attorney, and his wife, Janet Wilder Dakin, the youngest sister of the playwright Thornton Wilder. The research institute and classrooms are housed in their brick home built in the style of a Renaissance cottage in Shakespeare’s Warwickshire. It is also a site for conferences, seminars, lectures, dramatic performances, and concerts.
Hampshire Shakespeare’s main stage is located on the Great Meadow of the Center overlooking a beautiful mountain view.
From the South
Take I-91 to Exit l9, turn right, cross the bridge and drive 6 miles to the Amherst Common which will face you on the left at a traffic light in the middle of town. Turn left at the lights, stay on that road, which becomes North Pleasant St. and then (without turning) East Pleasant St. The Center is 650 East Pleasant Street, about 3 miles from the center of town, on the left and just past the fire station on the right. There is a small white sign out front; there is a sign for Stone House Flower Farm across the road. Follow the signs for parking.
From the North
Take I-91 to Exit 20; at the exit go to the traffic light and turn left on Damon Road. At the end of Damon Road, at the bridge construction, turn left again over the bridge and follow the directions above.
From the East
Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, go north (toward Holyoke) onto I-91 and follow the directions for those coming from the south. Those using Route 9 from the east or west will come into the center of Amherst. At the traffic light at the Common, turn north along the Common. You are on South Pleasant Street, soon to become East Pleasant Street. Follow East Pleasant Street to 650 and refer to the directions above.
From the West
Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, and follow the directions above.