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American Shakespeare Center

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Address: 10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
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+1 877-682-4236
09:30 - 18:00
19:30 - 22:00
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Sun 14:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Wed - Sat 19:30 - 22:00

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's...

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre. "Stunning", says Frommer's. Located in historic downtown Staunton, VA, this 300-seat Renaissance theatre offers productions of Shakespeare and classic plays year round that the Washington Post says are "shamelessly entertaining" and the Boston Globe says are "phenomenal...bursting with energy”.

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The quality of the productions here is always very high, but this season they are really at their best. John Harrell is especially brilliant both in Cyrano and in Comedy of... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2014
Tallahassee, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The quality of the productions here is always very high, but this season they are really at their best. John Harrell is especially brilliant both in Cyrano and in Comedy of Errors, and the Macbeth is also very good. This may be the most enjoyable theater on the planet, without being in any way dumbed-down Shakespeare. They respect both the... More 

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Orange, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This is THE place to enjoy GREAT theatre - we have yet to see a production we didn't like - from the youngest to the oldest, we come away with smiles and great memories.

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We attended a production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The performance was well done with the exception of the actors delivering their lines too fast – – almost frenetically.

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West Virginia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

I can't believe that this place is only an hour and a half from my house and never heard of it! We attended Macbeth this past weekend and I was blown away by the cast and how well done the entire production was. We stumbled onto staying in Staunton because of a local blues festival. After researching a bit, we... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We have been seeing production at ASC for years. They are generally very good. The theater is beautiful, a recreation of the Blackfriar's theater in London. As in Elizabethean times, the lights stay on during the performance, which leads to a unique experience as the actors interact with the audience. They also have pre-show and intermission entertainment. You can even... More 

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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Redundant I know, but you simply have to see whatever the performance happens to be. Great cast, put their hearts into it with a good dose of talent. Performance plus pregame warm up runs over three hours so plan accordingly. Beautifully done theater and very enjoyable evening.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Talented cast, excellent music, a really fun but respectful take on Shakespeare in a brilliant setting.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

First time - theater was gorgeous. Intimate setting, not a bad seat in the house. Actors were wonderful, talented and engaging with the audience. They even made the "pre-show" and intermission entertainment hilarious. We really enjoyed our time there. Would go again if I ever find myself in Staunton again.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

We were traveling through Virginia on the way to North Carolina. We came to Stanton VA just to see a Shakespeare play. The theater is beautiful and built in the spirt of an old English theater with modern conveniences. We saw Macbeth with was great. The actors were very good, some of the best Shakespearian actors I have seen. If... More 

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Cast puts their heart and soul into every line, every moment. Woodworking craftsmanship and costumes were wonderful. Great to see working traps similar to the original theater. I have never read Shakespeare but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. About 3 hrs. long with a break and some ad lib humor, probably not of interest to young children. All seats seem to... More 

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