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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Fantastic evening with Shakespeate!

We were lucky enough to get stage seats for opening night of Much Ado About Nothing. These seats... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elaine P
via mobile
Theatrical Treasure on Staunton, well worth the trip!

The Blackfriars Theatre, located at Staunton's American Shakespeare Center, is a destination into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott B
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to get stage seats for opening night of Much Ado About Nothing. These seats totally enhanced our experience and made us feel like we were part of the performance, although maybe some people might not enjoy that. The actors were great,...More

Thank Elaine P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Blackfriars Theatre, located at Staunton's American Shakespeare Center, is a destination into itself in a town that is well worth the drive from Washington for a weekend (or more) visit. The theatre, copy of Shakespeare's own indoor theatre, hosts a professional resident and touring...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the play. Actors involving spectators on stage, Very original plot and great presentation. Well worth the expense

Thank belkerl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This theatre takes itself and Shakespeare seriously and supports several companies during the course of a year, which present 2 or more shows concurrently. The venue is modelled on the original theatre in London and affords unusual proximity to the action. All players are also...More

Thank SanctuarySeeker13
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Saw the play and while the interpretation wasn't really to my taste (I prefer my tragedy to be a bit less played for laughs) it was well staged. The theatre itself is excellent and a great experience.

Thank Zaccarat
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our evening at the theatre. Live music and singing by the actors before the show and during the intermission show this group is muti talented. We saw The Two Men of Verona for the first time. The actors were enthusiastic and animated even...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Come here! Everyone will enjoy the Bard and this world-class group of players. Accessible, thoughtful, current, true to the playwright. Come!

Thank Detra T
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Went to a show here while visiting Charlottesville for a conference. Spent an afternoon in Staunton. This was our favorite activity during our trip. What talent in that group! We saw Our Town, and it was done beautifully. The musical talent is unbelievable too. Do...More

Thank marthae
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We had wanted to visit here for a long time so we added it on to our recent DC trip and Monticello. Truly enjoyable, fun, entertaining. Superb actors!! We saw Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet, both were outstanding productions. Highly recommend!

Thank ahur111
Reviewed 28 April 2017

This is a replica of the Globe Theatre. They will allow you to switch seats to get closer prior to the start of the play so buy the cheap seats. Although there are only 300 seats, the theatre on the Friday night we were there...More

1  Thank lovetennis99
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Do the "bench seats" have backs? At my age, not sure I can sit for hours on a backless bench... Thanks.
25 April 2017|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
Yes the seats in front of the stage do have individual backs. In addition one can find a limited number of sleeve cushions to fit over the backs to make them even more comfortable. Ask the ushers where they are
Tom P
Ok for kids? 5, 10 and 12?
28 February 2017|
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Response from UKBlonde | Reviewed this property |
To be honest Tom it would depend on the play. I think it may be hard for the 5 year old to sit through a play. 10 and 12, I think would get a kick out of it. I would call the theatre and ask them what they suggest, they are... More
Are there any lectures available about the plays being presented?
15 November 2015|
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Response from Herbert_M1421 | Reviewed this property |
The first time we went, we got into a separate tour/history walk-around in the afternoon. Check website for schedule. The guide talked about a number of the plays in terms of what influenced their writing and how the... More