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American Shakespeare Center

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Great Contemporary Theater in a Traditional Atmosphere

My wife and I took the tour of the Blackfriars Theater at the American Shakespeare Center and saw... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Richmond, Virginia
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We've been a number of times over the years, typically driving up from Norfolk and staying locally... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Norfolk, Virginia
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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...more
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10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we are not up on Shakespeare, so we had to get primed before they show. We found a podcast to listen to on the drive there. That helped. The venue is great and the cast and live music before the show and during the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took the tour of the Blackfriars Theater at the American Shakespeare Center and saw two plays, Richard III and The Man of Mode. The tour was very informative. Between the two shows, the troupe proved it was strong in both tragedy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been a number of times over the years, typically driving up from Norfolk and staying locally to see performances on Saturday (afternoon and evening) and Sunday. Zendoa for dinner between shows on Saturday is a must. Stay at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel or a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had not heard of this theater until I started telling people I was going to Staunton Virginia. On many recommendations my friends and I bought tickets to see an afternoon performance of Emma. It was absolutely charming... from the bartender in the lobby to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

National-class (world class ?) Shakespeare production in a world-class theater. In a charming and beautiful small town with solid amenities.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The theater is beautiful, quite unique. It it lit with the equivalent of candlelight and remains so throughout the performance. The actors are multi-talented, entertaining us with music and song before the performance and during the intermission. In particular, they continually interact with the audience...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 2, 2018

The American Shakespeare Center is a beautiful theatre. We'd attended before and the actors' renditions of Shakespeare are generally top-notch. With all the divisiveness and cultural deterioration currently afflicting our nation, we hoped to escape the noise and nonsense and enjoy a Shakespeare comedy (As...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

We went here for As You Like It as part of celebrating my wife's birthday. This is my favorite Shakespeare play, but the first time in a while that we've seen it. And this is the place to see your favorite Shakespeare. The theater itself...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

This is a must stop if you enjoy live theatre and especially Shakespeare. We went to see The Comedy of Errors and it was outstanding. We went opening night. The facility and performance were exemplary. I do not often list places as much see.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KSM67
Reviewed October 2, 2018

It us not just an interesting visit, for Shakespeare aficionados it is at least an annual pilgrimage. For the rest of of us who aspire to broad cultural exposure, it is a destination at minimum on the Bucket List. Nowhere else in the world (not...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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September 6, 2018|
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Response from MARK K | Reviewed this property |
We are from Arizona so my knowledge is limited. However, we had enjoyable dinner at Indian restaurant named Taste of India. Food was good and prices were reasonable
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Yes. There’s a parking lot right over from the building.
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Response from rndtompkins | Reviewed this property |
Their website has lots of information. The people who answer the phone are very helpful - if you call. This is a wonderful theater company.