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American Shakespeare Center

10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
877-682-4236
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Ranked #1 of 13 Attractions in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre. "Stunning", says Frommer's. Located in historic downtown... more » Owner description: 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”. « less
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Indian Land, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Fantastic, professional actors and actresses. It is mind boggling that each performer portrayed so many different personalities. The performance was dynamic. We sat on the stage on stools for the first half and then returned to our more comfortable Kings Chairs for the second half. Refreshments on stage before the performance and during the half time were fun. They have... More

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central VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is a Virginia treasure... even an American treasure, I'd argue. A replica of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theater where his plays (as well as others) are presented regularly (typically several plays per season, and several performances per week). The ASC also offers tours and various other educational opportunities.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The playhouse is well done and very nice. Laid out supposedly like a real Shakespeare theater. The cast improvised costume wise for Edward II the play we saw, this detracted from the play as the outfits were too modern day. The actors themselves did gave a great performance. This was a pay-as-you will night, so this may have been the... More

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Chatham, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I have been to the American Shakespeare Theater over a dozen times over almost as many years and have never seen a bad production. This is a terrific place and is a truly wonderful venue to see a Shakespeare play (or really any production). The reproduction of the Globe is incredible, having been to the reproduction in London the only... More

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NoVA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is a reproduction of the Globe theater and the wood with the wrought iron lighting is very neat. Have seen 4 shows in here over the past 10 years. The seating has improved over the years as they added cushions to the wood bench seats. From time to time they have 1st night shows where you can pay what... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I am not a Shakespeare kind of person and neither is my wife. I was a C student in high school and I'm sure that I avoided reading anything that difficult. Now we are in our 40s and for the last two summers while on our annual road trip we seek out a Shakespeare experience somewhere along the way. We... More

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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Love the variety of shows! The staff will advise you on current and upcoming events that may suit your interest.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A great experience. You are part of the show, sometimes literally. I always leave glad that I came. The actors are so very talented. They all can sing, dance, act and carry themselves well. Tickets are not cheap but they support the actors and operations but don't let the cost stop you from going as they have many PWYW (pay... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We saw this talented troupe of actors and musicians perform "The Comedy of Errors" on the evening of August 30, 2014. Whether you are a drama or Shakespeare fan, this performance was pure fun! All the performers are also musicians who begin the entertainment as you enter the theater to find your seats and continue through the intermission and after... More

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Poquoson, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We love the whole experience of this theater - arrive early to enjoy the whole thing. The cast appears to have a blast and have excellent musical ability in addition to their acting skills! A few people can sit on stools around the edge of the stage. We sat in the Lord's Seats, but you can buy the cheap ones,... More

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