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“If you love drama, make the trip”

American Shakespeare Center
Ranked #1 of 37 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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Reviewed 12 March 2012

I wish we lived in Staunton so we could go more often. You can't find livlier or more interesting productions at any price--really.

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Reviewed 12 March 2012

The only head's up to know is that the seats which are the main benches are really fairly uncomfortable. You can pay additionally for a pillow or bring your own to sit on. There are few bad seats in the house and every show I have seen (probably 10 by now over the years) has been outstanding. The Shakespeare plays tend to be a bit better than the non Shakespeare ones, but it's well worth a trip to Staunton (pronounced Stan-ton) to check them out. "They do it with the lights on!"

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Reviewed 11 March 2012

My husband and I have been attending plays and musical events at the Blackfriars since it first opened its doors. This replica of the Blackfriars in London is authentic and charming. We have sat in the first floor general seating, the Lord's Chairs, and the balcony. I am not a fan of the balcony but would sit there rather than miss a production I really wanted to attend. Since the time when the Blackfriars first opened when you had to rent a seat cushion, they now provide a much-appreciated cushion for every seat. There are also limited seats on the stage itself and on the "Juliette" balcony above the stage. Performances there are always a delight and many who previously thought they wouldn't enjoy Shakespeare have discovered that they love it when done by this lively and creative troupe. Be sure to catch the pre-show show for enormous entertainment! Acoustics are excellent and the performances are done with the lights on, authentic to the original performances.

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Reviewed 11 March 2012

I saw Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding. I recommend the Galant's Stools seating on stage for a unique experience. The stools are backless, but they are placed against a wall that you can lean on for comfort. The music was great. The fast pace of the show and small venue keeps the audience engaged. The cast was energetic and talented and did a wonderful job of making 1610ish content relevant to a modern audience. You will love this playhouse, even if you are not a theater or Shakespeare buff.

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Love the theater, love the shows, just love this place

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