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“Shenandoah Valley Treasure”

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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Staunton, Virginia
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14 reviews
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“Shenandoah Valley Treasure”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Excellent representation of Shakespeare's plays. Cast is always top notch and entertaining. Have seen more than ten plays and each has been superb.

Visited June 2011
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Washington, DC
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Nothing else like it”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

We love going to the American Shakespeare Center. Even with the lights on, you quickly find yourself lost in the performance. We've seen several plays at ASC, including non-Shakespearian plays. They have all been terrific. There is something unique about the experience of being so close to the actors on stage that you actually interact with them (non-verbally). We drive a few hours and spend the night in a hotel just to see plays at the ASC. You won't be disappointed.

Visited March 2012
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“Unique Theater Experience”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Recently visited the American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Theater) while in Staunton. The wood interior decor is gorgeous. The center is a great replica of Shakespeare's original theater, but thankfully for us lazy modern folk there are nice cushions and backrests. The quality of the performance was outstanding! The actors are extremely talented and this is just superb entertainment. Do yourself a favor and enjoy Shakespeare at its finest at the Blackfriars Theater.

Visited March 2012
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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10 reviews
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“Memorable evening”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Went to see "The Importance of Being Earnest" and it was absolutely wonderful. I have seen the play before, but this was the only performance that really came to life. The theatre itself, a beautiful replica of the 16th-century Blackfriars, is an experience in itself, and in my opinion the center is worth a trip to Staunton.

Visited October 2011
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Staunton, Virginia
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96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Unique!!!”
Reviewed 20 March 2012

A truly unique experience in Shakespearean Theatre! You don't have to love Shakespeare to like this place. Everything is presented in a very fun and entertaining manner, and the setting is fantastic. Just do it!

Visited March 2012
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