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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Excellent - More Fun Than Broadway

I take the family a few times each summer while we pass through VA. This past summer we saw Much... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great evening

This place is a must see. The building alone is worthy of a tour. The quality of the performers and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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  • Average1%
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10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I take the family a few times each summer while we pass through VA. This past summer we saw Much Ado About Nothing as well as Peter and the Starcatchers. Both were wonderful for the entire family. It was amazing to watch Greg Bostrom as...More

Thank legal775
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must see. The building alone is worthy of a tour. The quality of the performers and their interaction with the audience is extraordinary. This place is world class.

Thank MariettaTom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Living in NYC and planing on relocating to Virginia in the Staunton area. Stopped in on a weekday evening to see Much Ado about Nothing .. it was great. Every one from the ticket seller to the ushers and the players were warm and friendly....More

1  Thank Pasha A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked into the Shakespeare Center one late morning in mid April just to see the inside and take some pictures because no showings were on the schedule, but to our surprise, a student matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet had just started. We quickly purchased...More

Thank barbara7952015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

ASC makes Shakespeare completely accessible. However, their commitment to a reproduction of the theatre means the seats are pretty uncomfortable. Bring cushions, especially bleacher cushions.

Thank RachelW2110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot say enough about how amazing my experience was here. We stayed in Staunton for a night so that we could see two plays, one on Friday night and the second on Saturday afternoon. Both plays were amazing! The actors don't just perform the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So entertaining and what talent!!! The experience from entering the theater to closing was exceptional. We went on a Thursday and a few actors come out. Such nice people and their talent is amazing. It was a wonderful night!!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I surprised my husband for our 4th wedding anniversary with tickets to Much Ado About Nothing yesterday. I didn't realize I'd accidentally purchased tickets for seating ON stage, but it was so fun! You get to be right there, next to all the action and...More

1  Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had read the wonderful reviews on trip advisor and had a free evening after spending the day at the natural bridge. We saw Peter and the Starcatcher and could not have been more impressed. The actors were fantastic. It was an interesting way to...More

1  Thank michele5261
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Peter and the Starcatcher, a rollicking comedy excellently performed. The audience was in stitches. Cast was perfect. Atmosphere perfect.

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24 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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27 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
14 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