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Address: 10 S Market St, Staunton, VA 24401-4350
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+1 877-682-4236
14:00 - 16:30
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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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A great eperience

This theater is a unique treat. The tickets are really affordable, there is not a bad seat in the house if your are looking at the cheap seats. The lights stay on during the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2014
Chesapeake, Virginia
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

This theater is a unique treat. The tickets are really affordable, there is not a bad seat in the house if your are looking at the cheap seats. The lights stay on during the whole performance and the audience and cast interact with each other. The performance is done as it would have been done in Shakepearean England. What a... More 

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Aberdeen, Maryland
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

My husband had reserved tickets for us a few weeks prior. I was super excited after seeing what others were saying of this place. They were right! Beautiful building on the outside and inside. We were in the second row, so we got an up close view of the performance. We were on the edge or out seat through it... More 

Thank LPhillips9607
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Saw Macbeth. I have never read Shakespeare, but thought this would be a unique experience. I was very glad we went. I loved it. Since this is a original representation of the works of Shakespeare, the language can be difficult to understand, some actors are easier to understand then others. I honestly found myself lost at times. BUT... the actors... More 

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Carlingford, Australia
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We saw Macbeth, the cast was very good, with a real enthusiasm for their craft. The whole experience was fabulous theatre.

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Virginia Beach
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

These actors are terrific. They interact and care about their audiences. They have the ability to leave you laughing or on the verge of tears. The theater is great.mEvery seat is a good one. My wife has back troubles and so we sit in the Lord's Chairs. Tickets are easily obtainable and the prices are very reasonable.A great experience!

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Jeffersonton, VA
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

It was our first time and we hope to attend other events there. Macbeth was so well done, I felt as if were in England watching it with the locals.

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Charleston, WV
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

The production of Macbeth was superior. The cast was talented, energetic, and forceful. Well worth the price of a ticket. The theater itself was a wonderful reproduction of the Globe.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The quality of the productions here is always very high, but this season they are really at their best. John Harrell is especially brilliant both in Cyrano and in Comedy of Errors, and the Macbeth is also very good. This may be the most enjoyable theater on the planet, without being in any way dumbed-down Shakespeare. They respect both the... More 

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Orange, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

This is THE place to enjoy GREAT theatre - we have yet to see a production we didn't like - from the youngest to the oldest, we come away with smiles and great memories.

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We attended a production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The performance was well done with the exception of the actors delivering their lines too fast – – almost frenetically.

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