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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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A required stop on any trip to Staunton for those who love live theater

In the past few years, I have made it a practice to attend the American Shakespeare Center at least... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mark D
Lynchburg, Virginia
Shakespeare played as you'd like it

We took our grandaughter to see "Taming of the Shrew". We had upstairs seats which I recommend... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charlottesville, 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 year round that the Washington Post says are "shamelessly entertaining" and the Boston Globe says are "phenomenal...bursting with energy”.
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10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the past few years, I have made it a practice to attend the American Shakespeare Center at least twice a year. If you love live theater and more specifically the works of William Shakespeare this treasure is a must see and the plays are...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandaughter to see "Taming of the Shrew". We had upstairs seats which I recommend except in the center, the chandelier might obstruct some of the action. Lots of fun. The only thing that was confusing was thet "Kate" performed during the intermission...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here to see Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing. Based on some earlier TA reviews we knew to get there at 7:00 for the 7:30 show, because they have music... mostly modern. We arrived early and found our seats on the third row (C)...More

Thank Hokie67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were visiting Staunton and just happened to walk up the street where the theater is located on a Thursday night. It was "Pay what you want" to see the play "The Fall of Henry VI." The interior is beautiful. We were...More

Thank Stephen D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have seen this great center perform "A Christmas Carol" with students several years ago and decided to take friends last holiday season. The facility is absolutely a wooden work of art. I highly recommend that the ASC be your number one on the Staunton...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the chance to be allowed in on a dress rehearsal night, it was Henry the 6th part 3, fantastic actors, great intimate theatre, unique, a jewel! And it was free.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made this visit a priority even before we arrived. The story behind the theater I found thrilling and was anxious to enjoy the experience. We bought tickets for Macbeth. The actors were truly talented. They took on the challenge of multiple roles, and before...More

Thank JohTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The ASC really puts on an incredible performance. From playing contemporary music acoustically during the beginning and middle of the show, to the audience interaction, it is quite an experience. The scenery and costumes are so well done and authentic, and the actors truly are...More

1  Thank annieOceanBird
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazingly enthusiastic and energetic performance of Love's Labours Lost. I was surprised by the energy of the cast who performed musical hits before the performance and during the supposed interval. What stamina and dedication! The fun-loving nature of the cast shone through the performance....More

1  Thank Christopher H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been there several times and always had an enjoyable experience. The theater is small and intimate which gives the audience a chance to be close to the actors — some even get to sit on the stage! Props are minimal which is good for...More

Thank Don C
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25 April 2017|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
Yes the seats in front of the stage do have individual backs. In addition one can find a limited number of sleeve cushions to fit over the backs to make them even more comfortable. Ask the ushers where they are
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28 February 2017|
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Response from UKBlonde | Reviewed this property |
To be honest Tom it would depend on the play. I think it may be hard for the 5 year old to sit through a play. 10 and 12, I think would get a kick out of it. I would call the theatre and ask them what they suggest, they are... More
15 November 2015|
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Response from Herbert_M1421 | Reviewed this property |
The first time we went, we got into a separate tour/history walk-around in the afternoon. Check website for schedule. The guide talked about a number of the plays in terms of what influenced their writing and how the... More