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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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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 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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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 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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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I just attended in the last three nights the preview performances of Hamlet, Doctor Faustus, and Much Ado About Nothing at the Blackfriars Playhouse all collected under the title of "Method in Madness." The troupe will go out on tour in the Fall, then come back briefly at Christmas time, go out again and then return for the Spring Season... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Unique theater. Great performances! Best seats are lords chairs, main floor or front row back of balcony.

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Aberdeen, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I had never before been to an actual play prior to our vacation here. The whole cast and crew blew me away with Macbeth. I can't give enough recognition to the actors here, they were amazing. The seating was very comfortable in the massively detailed Shakespeare theater. When you have time, stop by the merchandise corner of the building and... More

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