American Shakespeare Center

If you ever feel the call of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, join us and escape to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Experience the breathtaking landscapes and mountain wilderness of our region's naturally pristine paradise. Outdoors you can enjoy our many hiking trails, horseback riding, fishing and canoeing in Virginia's beautiful rivers and lakes, mountain biking, and so much more. Cabin Creekwood has a wide selection of available cabin rentals in Virginia perfect for any getaway!

But while visiting our area, you absolutely must stop and visit the American Shakespeare Center. The renowned theater company is located in Staunton, Virginia, and focuses on the plays of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and associated works. Previously known as Shenandoah Shakespeare, the American Shakespeare Center provides not only a chance to watch but also to participate.

The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) is a regional theatre company located in Staunton, Virginia that focuses on the plays of Shakespeare.

The ASC is notable for its theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only recreation of the original indoor Blackfriars Theatre in London that was demolished in 1655.[3][4] As a theater company, the ASC hosts performances by two rotating ensembles of 16 different titles in 5 distinct seasons, 52 weeks a year, at its Blackfriars Playhouse, as well as hosting a regional travelling company, ASC on Tour. The ASC also provides a year-round laboratory for students and scholars through education programming in Staunton and on the road.

The Blackfriars Playhouse is a visitor must see!

In 2005, Shenandoah Shakespeare changed its name to the American Shakespeare Center to reflect its focus on being a center for performance and research

ASC Education offers workshops, performances, staged readings, lectures,  teacher training, archival materials for scholarly research, and summer programs for teens and adults.

Performance times and dates vary.



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