Blackfriars Playhouse

Constructed of southern yellow pine, the timber frame portion of The American Shakespeare Center Blackfriars Playhouse was retro-fitted into place.

Situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in historic Staunton, Virginia, the 300-seat Blackfriars Playhousethe world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre — opened its doors in September 2001 and has already delighted tens of thousands of enthusiastic audience members from around the world. The product of years of research, this unique, historically accurate performance space provides the perfect backdrop for the ASC’s Elizabethan staging practices, and has already been called…

“One of the most historically important theatres in the world.” — Andrew Gurr, Professor of English, University of Reading, England and former Director of Research, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

The Blackfriars Playhouse is open year-round for Shakespeare productions, hailed by The Washington Post as “shamelessly entertaining” and by The Boston Globe as “phenomenal…bursting with energy.” It’s also the perfect venue for meetings and conferences, or for the wedding of your dreams.

Additionally, the Playhouse is open for special musical and theatrical events, workshops, educational programs, and theatre tours. Watch our time-lapse of a day in the Blackfriars Playhouse, and find out why Southern Living believes that “Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse will make you fall in love with Shakespeare.”

Architect: Tom McLaughlin, AIA – Richmond, Virginia

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