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American Shakespeare Center

Address: 10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Phone Number: 877-682-4236
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Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Owner description: The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre...
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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”.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have attended performances at the theater since 2002, and very highly recommend the Blackfriar's Theater for those visiting Staunton. During the winter holidays, the theater puts on several seasonal offerings-- not Shakespeare. In December, I attended a performance of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" with a friend and her 12-year-old daughter-- the daughter was captivated by the performance (as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The ASC in Staunton is a one-of-a-kind attraction. You'll see Renaissance plays in original practice in the world's only reconstruction of Shakespeare's Blackfriars Theatre. No microphones, no fancy sets, no dimmed lights. Just Shakespeare as it was written to be performed. These actors are top-notch, almost all of them have intensive training in the form of an MFA. Sit on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

So often I find that the actors in Shakespeare plays are impressed by the fact that they are in a Shakespeare play and tend to recite the lines in a lofty manner. They forget that Shakespeare wrote dramas and comedies depicting real human emotion. The American Shakespeare Center company put all that emotion back into their staging of the plays.... More 

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Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Wonderful play with an outstanding cast, up close and personal, in a beautiful facility. What a wonderful draw for downtown Staunton!

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

A TRULY outstanding show. We come here at least once a year. Well worth the trip! And there is an AMTRAK station two blocks away.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My ten year old son and I visited ASC to see Comedy of Errors. We were able to join on stage on the gallant stools since they were not full yet. It is such an engaging troupe and atmosphere that my son had a blast. We ended up staying longer so that we could also see Cyrano (equally fabulous) and... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The American Shakespeare Center presents various productions throughout the year. A Christmas Carol is presented in a reproduction of the Globe Theater in Staunton, VA. The venue is gorgeous, the detail beautifully presented and is as uncomfortable as the original theater in England. That is the space is limited the seats duplicate those in the original. The presentation itself is... More 

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Staunton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Local plays! Son involved. He is working on his MA on william . Wife and son almost live there. Will return.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have attended the ASC many times and always marvel at the excellent performances, the wonderful theater, and the tremendous value. A must for theater fans or anyone with even the least interest in culture.

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Elkton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went to The Black Friars Playhouse last night to see A CHRISTMAS Carol. Wow! What a fantastic show! Great for all ages. The Ghost of Christmas past was a lil creepy - but SUCH a great representation! A MUST SEE!

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