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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Great theatre, comfortable seats

Went to matinee of A Christmas Carol. Great actors, friendly atmosphere. So often the seats in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lori M
via mobile
Live Shakespeare & fun!

The architecture of this Black Friars Theater model is well worth the tour by the very enthusiastic... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Staunton, Virginia
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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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10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to matinee of A Christmas Carol. Great actors, friendly atmosphere. So often the seats in theaters are not comfortable. This theatre has very comfortable bench seats with lots of room and a back. Built with the audience in mind.

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

The architecture of this Black Friars Theater model is well worth the tour by the very enthusiastic Shakespeare scholars. And the many productions with bare bones staging and well prepared Shakespearean actors is quite impressive.

Thank Champville66
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Excellent productions by a terrific ensemble repertory company of talented actors. They do everything! Act, dance, sing, play instruments and bring Shakespeare's play to life in the way they were done in the original Blackfriars Theatre. We have been there four times and always put...More

Thank rndtompkins
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

I actually went here a few years ago during my honeymoon. My husband and I watched a Mid Summer's Night. It was an excellent performance and sitting through the Shakespearean style (lights on/audience engagement) was spectacular. I would definently go back.

Thank brittneyraquel02
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This renowned Shakespearean theater and company -- next door to a quality, historic small town hotel and conference center -- is the realized dream of a handful of cultural visionaries who saw the potential of creating a worthy theater home for these skilled players. Our...More

Thank ttysinger
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Cannot express fully how pleasantly surprised I was. I had a GREAT time, as did my whole family, including a teen. The play was funny, had music, interacted with the audience and they had a bar. My teen said she would like to go again...More

Thank Jen J
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Not a Shakespeare fan but these actors made Shakespeare very enjoyable. Drive 4 hours to the show. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Building is very nice inside and out. The word quaint comes to mind.

Thank Julian R
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Everything about this theatre company was excellent. We saw two different productions. One Shakespeare, one broadway musical. Both were wonderful. The actors work seamlessly together. They display great art in their work. It was flawless! And the theater is a remarkable copy of Shakespeare’s Globe!!

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful treasure this Shakespearean theater is! My husband and I saw Much Ado About Nothing with friends who had never seen a Shakespearean play. The performance exceeded my expectations, and it was wonderful to hear first time theatregoers laughing so hardily. Give yourself...More

Thank Cav1978
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This version was funny and the mixture with modern music was perfect. Would like to come back and see Sense and Sensibility. A real delight for adults. Older children were present. Hope they enjoyed My sister and I loved it..

Thank Deborah M
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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