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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 12 Activities 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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Chantilly, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We saw "A Christmas Carol" and "The Santaland Diaries". Great experience....they "Do it with the Lights On" at the ASC. Would definitely go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We went to both the Friday and Saturday night shows last weekend, and we've gone regularly for several years. We love the mix of classic staging conditions, traditional scripts and modern interpretations. For the holidays, both A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries are well worth the trip. Love it!

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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have been to Staunton several times for the playhouse, traveling from Georgia for the experience. Mcbeth was one of our all time favorites! We would have loved to stayed to see it a second time.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We have been going to Blackfriars Theater in Staunton for years and are never, ever disappointed. If you think you don't want to 'do Shakespeare' you are wrong! The extraordinary actors make every comedy hysterical and every tragedy fun to watch. When at the Globe Theatre in London, our guide, one of their actors, mentioned Staunton's Blackfriars and exclaimed it... More 

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