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Address: 10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
Phone Number: 877-682-4236
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Sat 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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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The Rise of Queen Margret

A true Shakespeare theater. Comfortable seating. Small crowd, the rest of the world is missing a world class play. Highly recommended for all worldly people. Worth every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A true Shakespeare theater. Comfortable seating. Small crowd, the rest of the world is missing a world class play. Highly recommended for all worldly people. Worth every bit. Seasons tickets here we come!

Thank CalvertHiker
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went to see King Lear. The acting was captivating and there did not appear to be a bad seat in the house. They keep the lights on, as in Shakespeare's time, we were told. Some patrons were able to sit along the sides of the stage; not our cup of tea, but I'm sure it was fun. It is... More 

Thank Frank C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely evening at this quaint theatre. Actors were excellent. Takes a little time to get oriented to the Shakespearean language (9th grade English class was so long ago), but you do get used to it and the written program has just enough cliff notes to help frame the story to ground you. Just fun to do something different.... More 

Thank Julianna M
Milledgeville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended the Blackfriars Playhouse for the first time to see a performance of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2, The Rise of Queen Margaret. What a unique experience! We were seated within a few feet of the actors in this theater built to resemble the Globe Theatre in London. The performers were excellent as was the timeless seating. Costuming was... More 

Thank Dakrist
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous theatre patterned after the Globe....fun players...very entertaining! Don't miss this experience! Professional troupe which performs in Staunton and travels to other theaters.

Thank Jane S
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a delightful experience. The multi-talented cast is winsome. They deftly imbue humor into the most serious of plays making the performance enjoyable to younger and "more mature" audiences. The structure is phenomenal. Do not miss this experience.

Thank Lenore S
Warrenton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding troupe of actors and wonderful plays. We are so impressed every time we attend a performance in this beautiful theatre. Highly recommend it.

Thank jo47844
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw "Twelfth Night" recently, and this production was both true to the text and wildly accessible and funny. For starters, the live music before the show is performed by the super talented actors themselves, and concluded with an incredibly awesome and humorous mashup of "Ain't No Sunshine/Oops I Did It Again." So yeah, not bound by stodgy textbook interpretation.... More 

Thank Katherine B
Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

This theatre is fantastic! Having seen Shakespeare performed in Stratford-upon-Avon, my expectations were high. I was confused by the production of Twelfth. Night. I thought the mix of period costumes was distracting. The actors were amazing though and I loved the after-performance sit down talk with the actors. Next time I will check to be sure they are wearing period... More 

Thank Bigeye149
Staunton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Two separate shows at two separate times and both were excellent. Sat below for one and above for another, once again, excellent as there is really not a bad seat in the house. There are some but not where we sat...It is pretty cold in there so bundle up. Actors and employees were pheonmenal. Can find free parking around the... More 

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