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American Shakespeare Center

10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
+1 877-682-4236
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Fascinating building, entertaining show

It was really interesting to see a reproduction of the Blackfriars theatre and experience the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Albany, California
We really enjoy going here!!

My husband and I have been here about 4 times so far to see plays. It is a very unique theater and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Staunton, VA
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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

It was really interesting to see a reproduction of the Blackfriars theatre and experience the relationship of audience and performers at close proximity with no "lights out." The performance was good enough, acting a bit less than top notch--what you might expect from a good...More

Thank AnnieAgard
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been here about 4 times so far to see plays. It is a very unique theater and we really enjoy the shows. You can buy some drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and sit back and watch the show, It is nice...More

Thank Markandmetogether
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our fourth visit to see the Blackfriars performers. Each time we have been totally pleased with the performances. The actors are talented and professional. The cost is very reasonable for this level of experience of the performers. We definitely will be returning for...More

Thank I9556EYkimh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been to a lot of Shakespeare theatres in Canada, the US, and England, of course, so we were eager to check out BlackFriars in Staunton VA. Unusual amenities offered by the attentive staff: scripts to read while the show was performing; cushions to soften...More

Thank Jane L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live near Philadelphia, but every time we visit the area the American Shakespeare's performances are always a highlight of our trip. In early December, we saw Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some and it was hilarious. Also, they always mix in audience...More

Thank b d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw the Theater's adaptation of a Christmas Carol. Well done and the interaction between the players and the audience is a great reason to sit up front! Our first visit was Julies Caesar and we look forward to coming back for Hamlet and Macbeth...More

Thank JoAnn9210
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I surprised our mom with tickets to the adapted version of A Christmas Carol. My nephew went with his school group and recommended it. The actors were top-notched performers with beautiful singing voices. Each member of this theatre went above and beyond....More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see the comedic adaptation of “The Christmas Carol.” Due to traffic we were about 15 minutes late but that didn’t interfere with us having a great time. The actors were great and the play was very funny. We had a great time!

Thank Brenda P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this theater's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It was not the traditional version one sees in the movie, but very nice none the less. The actors were very good. The building appears well maintained. My only complaint was with one of the ushers....More

Thank jaimeelsabio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband surprised me for our 20th anniversary with a trip to Staunton. We went to see "A Christmas Carol" and I loved every minute of the show! The entertainment was fantastic with great talent on the stage! I would come to see this performance...More

Thank angelacF7094VF
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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