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American Shakespeare Center

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Address: 10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401
Phone Number: 877-682-4236
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Description: 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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Great Performance of Hamlet!

This was my third time at the Blackfriar Playhouse and my husband's second and we have enjoyed each show so much. Best Shakespere theater and the talented actors perform musical... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This was my third time at the Blackfriar Playhouse and my husband's second and we have enjoyed each show so much. Best Shakespere theater and the talented actors perform musical numbers as well. Always a fun experience.

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Sebastopol, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

What a gem in the middle of Virginia! We saw a fabulous (funny!!!) production of Dr. Faustus. Can't wait to see them again in VA or on tour.

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What a treasure to have this place in Virginia! We visited for the first time for the center's presentation of Mother Bombie. The play was excellent - what a talented group of individuals! The theatre is wonderful - a "Must Do' when in the area!

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

If you have the courage get seats on the stage. You'll be included as part of the play. You'll never forget the experience. Short of that get seats in the "lords chairs", front row. Good Seats and right on top of the play. But most of all GET SEATS. You'll never regret it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

You enter the building and think so what is the big deal. Once you step into the theater, you are transformed to another time. I like Shakespeare but who I went with was unsure. Seeing Shakespeare come alive made everyone enjoy! Just a tip, come early to park and find the theater, it is a little tricky. We parked at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

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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