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American Shakespeare Center

American Shakespeare Center
20 S. New Street, Fourth Floor
540.885.5588

MISSION

The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.

Who We Are

The American Shakespeare Center -- through its performances, theatres, exhibitions, and educational programs -- seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all. By re-creating Renaissance conditions of performance, the ASC explores its repertory of plays for a better understanding of these great works and of the human theatrical enterprise past, present, and future.

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia

In our hometown of Staunton, Virginia, the ASC has constructed a re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, and also has plans to build an open-air re-creation of London's second Globe Theatre, which was built in 1614 after the original 1599 structure burned to the ground. By following the basic principles of Renaissance theatrical production, we give our audiences some of the pleasures that an Elizabethan playgoer would have enjoyed.



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Upcoming Events at American Shakespeare Center

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Friday, Sep 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Sunday, Sep 29, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Sunday, Oct 6, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Friday, Nov 1, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
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Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Caesar and Cleopatra

Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 2:00pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Julius Caesar

Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 at 7:30pm
American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse
Staunton, VA
Read More »
Summer Festival - Antony and Cleopatra

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