The American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Located in historic Staunton, VA, the American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language and humanity. The ASC performs year round in the world's only recreation of Shakespeare's own indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse.
Frommer's Virginia guide says that "This stunning re-creation of the first indoor theater in the English-speaking world, which William Shakespeare and his colleagues built on part of London's Blackfriars Monastery...is, in itself, a reason to visit Staunton."
This 400-seat Renaissance-style theatre offers an intimate space to see the Bard's plays the way they were meant to be done -- in a fast paced, spirited style where the audience is always part of the show. The Washington Post calls American Shakespeare Center's performances "shamelessly entertaining" and the Boston Globe says they're "phenomenal...bursting with energy."
The Blackfriars offers evening and matinee performances, generally lasting around two hours each, as well as hour-long guided backstage tours led by ASC actors. For groups, ASC offers discounted rates and packages with other major attractions in town, including the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia and the Woodrow Wilson Library and Birthplace. ASC also offer packages with a variety of dining and lodging partners, from the newly renovated Stonewall Jackson Hotel, with 124 deluxe guestrooms, to charming and historic B&Bs, to budget hotels and motels with convenient freeway access.
Known as the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton is an architectural gem, "full of handsome 19th-century buildings, enticing storefronts and good restaurants," according to the Wall Street Journal. Yet, conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstates 81 and 64, Staunton offers easy access and plenty of parking in its historic downtown shopping district.
Southern Living says that "Staunton's Blackfriars Playhouse will make you fall in love with Shakespeare."
We have no current productions for this theater right now.
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