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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Such a great experience!

I've been to this theater several times and it never disappoints me. From the beautiful theater to... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2014
Terrific Theatre

The troupe is very talented - we saw 2 plays and toured the theatre for a wonderful educational... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2014
Fredericksburg, 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 29 October 2014

I've been to this theater several times and it never disappoints me. From the beautiful theater to the talented troop that works there, it's always a safe bet for a wonderful evening with family or friends.

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Reviewed 27 October 2014

The troupe is very talented - we saw 2 plays and toured the theatre for a wonderful educational experience.

Thank Katrinka703
Reviewed 25 October 2014

Marvelous plays written by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, complete with staging as it was done at the original Black Friars in England - "we do it with the lights on." The company has parts in all plays being performed (usually 3 different plays in a...More

Thank PatDancer
Reviewed 24 October 2014

We had stopped by the theater just to see about having a tour, and found that some seats were still available for the performance the following evening. On the spur of the moment, we decided to attend the theater. What a wonderful experience! The theater...More

1  Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 20 October 2014

We spent a wonderful evening at this beautiful intimate theater. The price is great, the performers are energetic and talented, and the show was wonderful. I'm not a Shakespeare fan, but thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I would say that the seating is not the MOST...More

1  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 18 October 2014

great place to visit, super guides for tours and a great production of Shakespearian plays. I'm not a fan of Shakespeare but the play WAS A VERY FUN TIME.

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 16 October 2014 via mobile

The theatre itself is beautiful and the actors are some of the best out there! Be sure to stop nextdoor at the Stonewall Jackson Sorrels Lounge and Bar for an after play beverage!

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 11 October 2014

A fun show - theater is small and intimate. Bench seats provide enough room - however, get a seat in the bottom section or center balcony - very hard (almost impossible) to see from upstairs side seats

1  Thank K B
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Went tonight to see Cyrano de Bergerac. Great play. Actors were terrific. So glad we went. Plan to do again next time we're in Staunton.

Thank SKL2010
Reviewed 7 October 2014

The center is very, very cool. Awesome in fact. The actors are great but make sure you know the play your going to see. A lot of them are just crap. Nothing but dialogue you can't understand. Twice we've left at intermission because the play...More

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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