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“Fabulous, authentic Shakespeare!”

American Shakespeare Center
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Staunton
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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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42 reviews
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“Fabulous, authentic Shakespeare!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We love the originality of the theater and the innovative style of the performances. The small theater also makes for an intimate experience. Great for parents who want to introduce children to Shakespeare as well as seasoned lovers of the Bard!

Visited July 2013
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English first
Staunton, Virginia
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19 reviews
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“Shakespeare Can Be Fun!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is Shakespeare as his plays were originally presented: with the audience and the actors mixing it up and everyone having a good time. Other theater presentations are also offered, and refreshments are available on stage during intermission.

Visited March 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Great entertainment for a variety of ages”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great performances and for the budget-minded they also have pay what you will performances. Do not miss it on a trip to Staunton.

Visited July 2013
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Staunton, Virginia
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25 reviews
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“Authentic Shakespeare experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

You must experience this theater once even if you do not care for Shakespeare! It has been built to replicate the Globe in London and I believe it is the only one in the country like it. They have included the hard wooden seats :( but you can rent seat cushions if you wish. I saw the Santaland Diaries at Christmas, which was quirky, funny, and very well done. Not being a fan of The Bard, I do wish there were some more variety of productions done here.

Visited December 2012
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Staunton, Virginia
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

THIS is the place you'll visit that you know you'll never experience anything like this again. From the spectacular acting to the beautiful interior of the theater, we are always happy with a visit to the American Shakespeare Center

Visited July 2013
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