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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
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09:30 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun 14:00 - 16:30
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Wed - Sat 19:30 - 22:00
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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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Wonderful Theater

We didn't know about this theater until just before our arrival...what a lucky find! This little theater is amazing...not a bad seat in the house. We saw the Merchant of Venice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't know about this theater until just before our arrival...what a lucky find! This little theater is amazing...not a bad seat in the house. We saw the Merchant of Venice and the actors couldn't have been better. They were obviously having fun...and it was infectious. The music, the acting, the atmosphere...try it and you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've seen about 10 plays here and every single one has been incredible, from Shakespeare originals to more modern plays. The theater itself is beautiful, a full replica of the Globe Theater, and the actors are all incredibly talented. Early in a show's run, you can catch a show as "Pay What You Will" performances, where you don't pay anything... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great opportunity to learn a ton about Shakespeare and see a lovely show. A must do in Staunton.....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful theatre! The show was very family friendly and there doesn't seem to be a bad seat anywhere. We look forward to making this show an annual tradition.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have now attended 2 performances at this theater (driving 2.5 hrs each way to do so) and heartily recommend it. The theater itself is awesome and I personally find the cast quite talented. I like the intimacy of the performance and how the lights stay on just as they did in Shakespeare's time. For those who haven't attended before,... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Christmas Carol - done with some fabulous music and fun dancing, and the occasional wink and nod to the audience. The youngest member of our group was 8, and she was enthralled. The space here is a gem. Well worth the visit!!!

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The box office staff were wonderful we had an emergency come up and they were very understanding and switched our tickets to another night. Everyone that attended A Christmas Carol in our group had a wonderful time. Looking forward to attending more works. A true treasure in the valley.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful theater with a true Shakespearean look and feel. We sat front row and was perfect. The beginning act with music and singing was very entertaining. The show itself was funny and kept everyone in stitches throughout. Next time we will look to get balcony seats just for a change of pace.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We were thrilled it was so good. We plan anther visit in the Spring to attend a Shakespeare play. The acoustics are excellent too .

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great performances. Fabulous actors. Wonderful facility. Next to The Globe in London, my favorite site to see the Bard's work. If you have an opportunity, don't miss a shoe here!

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