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“Best place in the Valley to see a play”

American Shakespeare Center
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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94 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best place in the Valley to see a play”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Beautiful and rustic Shakespeare theater, great acting troupe and great at Christmas. When they have music it is a great place to see a band

Visited December 2012
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baltimore
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87 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“See Shakespeare can be fun”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Everybody has fun. The actors enjoy performing. The audience enjoys the perfomomance. Even the kids enjoy the spectacle. Especially those who get to sit up on the sides of the stage. And of course the playhouse itself is a historical and educational delight. No matter if you enjoy shakespeare, don't like him or (especially) if you have never seen him performed Go. You;ll have a great time.

Visited September 2013
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Fairfax, Virginia
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Othello Wonderful”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This production was truly memorable.. Fernando Lamberty as Othello and Rick Blunt as Iago are simply superb, but the entire cast is outstanding. Recommend the Blackfriars Playhouse to all who love Shakespeare. You will not be disappointed. And Staunton is a perfect setting for a trip that can combine the arts, good food, and historical attractions in a place of natural beauty.

Visited September 2013
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Bluemont, VA
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103 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Always a good time”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We saw both a Saturday matinee and an evening performance. It was loads of fun (as usual). We get the Lords Chairs along the side of the stage, but any seat in the house is good. If you have the opportunity to see Return to the Forbidden Planet, do it. It was great.

Visited September 2013
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Barboursville, West Virginia
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“Wonderful theater!!!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Go and enjoy theater in Staunton. It was FUN and FUNNY. We had never seen Shakespeare plays before and thought it might be boring -- but it was NOT boring at all.

Visited September 2013
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