What Is the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA?

Here in the Shenandoah Valley, we have the pleasure of experiencing all of the seasons. From snow to rain to wind to sunshine, you never know what you’re going to get. If you’re taking a vacation to Staunton and you encounter frigid winds or rainy weather, don’t fret. There’s still a plethora of fun-filled activities to be enjoyed inside. If you’re a fanatic of theater and plays (or even if you’ve never seen a live show), then you need to visit the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

For additional indoor activities, as well as information about the area’s best restaurants, events, and attractions, refer to our Shenandoah Valley Itinerary. The best part about it—it’s free!

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All About the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA

If you have any questions about visiting the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, don’t worry. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know. 

The History

Located in the charming, historic town of Staunton, the American Shakespeare Center pays tribute to Shakespeare’s legendary theatre. His theatre was known as Blackfriar’s Playhouse and was built in 1596. The American Shakespeare Center is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. Year-round, artists perform in this iconic theatre and visitors from near and far travel to see these fantastic productions. 

“This stunning re-creation of the first indoor theater in the English-speaking world…is, in itself, a reason to visit Staunton.” -Arthur Frommer, Professional Travel writer

The Shows

From season to season, the Shakespeare Center always has a riveting show going on at the theatre. As you plan your trip to Staunton, be sure to check their calendar and see what shows are happening. Productions that have been/are being featured at the playhouse include:

  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • The Willard Suitcases
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Henry IV
  • Much Ado 
  • A King and No King

Helpful Information

When you’re going to see a show, be aware that the house opens 30 minutes before the show. However, you’ll want to get there early to enjoy pre-show music, shop in the Shakespeare Mall, and grab snacks and drinks from the bar cart.


10 South Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401


The closest parking garage to the theatre is the New Street Garage, and there are plenty of lots scattered around town. Street parking is also available and is free on weekends and weekdays after 5 pm.


Ticket prices range depending on each production and seat location. Be aware that children must be seven years or older to attend shows at the American Shakespeare Center. However, children three years and older may attend A Christmas Carol. 

Stay at the Historic Hotel, The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center

Deluxe Queen Room's bathroom

If you want to experience pure luxury and rejuvenation, stay at The Blackburn Inn & Conference Center. Our tranquil historic hotel in Virginia is just moments from the excitement of downtown Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. Our convenient location allows you to easily explore the local area, accessing nearby event hubs, shopping, dining, wineries, and more.

We offer an array of pristine accommodations, including our Deluxe Queen Room with Soaker Tub. This room is perfect for those who wish to pamper themselves. Our Deluxe Queen with Soaker Tub offers guests a plush queen-sized bed with high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, a writing desk, and a dreamscape marble bathroom with high ceilings, a rain shower, soaking tub, lighted vanity mirror, and oversized bath towels to wrap yourself in comfort. If you’re ready to start planning your getaway to the Shenandoah Valley, check the calendar at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, and check our availability today! 

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