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American Shakespeare Center

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Address: 10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
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+1 877-682-4236
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun 14:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Wed - Sat 19:30 - 22:00

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's...

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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Romeo and Juliet

Saw the play and while the interpretation wasn't really to my taste (I prefer my tragedy to be a bit less played for laughs) it was well staged. The theatre itself is excellent... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw the play and while the interpretation wasn't really to my taste (I prefer my tragedy to be a bit less played for laughs) it was well staged. The theatre itself is excellent and a great experience.

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Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our evening at the theatre. Live music and singing by the actors before the show and during the intermission show this group is muti talented. We saw The Two Men of Verona for the first time. The actors were enthusiastic and animated even though it was far from a full house. Very enjoyable. We are looking forward to... More 

Thank Cheryl C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come here! Everyone will enjoy the Bard and this world-class group of players. Accessible, thoughtful, current, true to the playwright. Come!

Thank Detra T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to a show here while visiting Charlottesville for a conference. Spent an afternoon in Staunton. This was our favorite activity during our trip. What talent in that group! We saw Our Town, and it was done beautifully. The musical talent is unbelievable too. Do yourself a favor and go to one of these productions if you are in the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wanted to visit here for a long time so we added it on to our recent DC trip and Monticello. Truly enjoyable, fun, entertaining. Superb actors!! We saw Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet, both were outstanding productions. Highly recommend!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a replica of the Globe Theatre. They will allow you to switch seats to get closer prior to the start of the play so buy the cheap seats. Although there are only 300 seats, the theatre on the Friday night we were there was not very crowded. They also have "pay what you want" nights. I wish we... More 

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plymouth meeting, pa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun, unique experience. When I bought the ticket online, I thought it seemed expensive. But they allow you to move to any empty seat. What made it was the enthusiasm of the cast. They all participated in the music before and during intermission. Plus the acting was great. Don't miss this! P.s. Parking was only a dollar... More 

Thank jillen04
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun company of actors and actresses and they were multi- tasking like mad . Great Romeo and Juliet - so very excellent to have some fun in your theatre , thank you.

Thank Mary Ann P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Performance of Romeo and Juliet... The youthful, enthusiastic and prfessional presentation of this classic is an incredible tribute to American theater. Thank You

Thank Pat L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the main reasons we go to Staunton, VA is the American Shakespeare Center. Yes we enjoy the Restaurants and the little town feel, but the ASC is our most enjoyable entertainment. I am always amazed at the musical ability and talent before the play even starts! These thespians are well rounded and multi-talented. We sang along to some... More 

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