American Shakespeare Center Director of Mission responds to Oregon Shakespeare Festival's decision to translate Shakespeare into "modern" English.
We asked Patrick Midgley what it's like to be part of a lesser known pair of lovers this season, and we loved what he had to say.
We interviewed ASC actor James Keegan about playing two complicated, emotional men in both THE WINTER'S TALE and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Check here for ASC's Policies on Cameras and Recording Devices, Bringing Kids to the Blackfriars Playhouse, Access Services, Inclement Weather Policy, and Parking.

Education & Research

Join us Thursday, October 15th, at 5:30pm for an Inside Plays workshop on SHAKESPEARE'S JOAN OF ARC (1 HENRY VI).
On Sunday, October 18th, at 7:30pm, our Roman series continues with Ben Jonson's political thriller, SEJANUS HIS FALL.
The American Shakespeare Center is pleased and proud to be taking part in this statewide celebration of William Shakespeare.
Register now for the 2015 Blackfriars Conference -- 5 days of scholarship and entertainment from October 28 - November 1, 2015.

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2015 Summer/Fall Season




Shakespeare's Joan

of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Now Playing through 11/28

The world whirls out of control in Shakespeare’s thrilling tale of France’s Joan of Arc, the English warrior Talbot, and the young King Henry. MORE...

Antony and Cleopatra

Now Playing through 11/27

One of history’s most famous love stories, Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most expansive play, full of all the colliding opposites that make life rich: work and play, war and peace, East and West, man and woman. MORE...

The Winter's Tale

Now Playing through 11/28

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. MORE...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Now Playing through 11/29

This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is Shakespeare's tribute to humankind’s power of imagination, and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic. MORE...





2015/16 Dangerous Dreams Tour


Henry V

The Life of King Henry the Fifth

The story of England’s hero-king and the greatest upset in European military history is Shakespeare’s finale to his great history plays. MORE...

Lady Bracknell

The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant and wicked comic masterpiece defines wit and style. This “trivial comedy for serious people” is at once blissfully silly and outrageously shrewd. MORE...

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a dazzling thrill ride of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love. MORE...




Paul Beers and Michelle Buonocore of Roanoke, VA
Rory J. Cutaia and Jaymie A. Cutaia of Middlebrook, VA 
Mike and Emma Gutzler of Middlebrook, VA
Dan Layman and Pamela Fox of Staunton, VA
Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton of New Orleans, LA
Lawrence and Sandra Rose of Penn Laird, VA
Grisanti Capital Management of New York, NY
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center 
Frederick House, a small hotel,
celebrating more than 10 years as our Annual Sponsor

Shakespeare in American Communities

We are proud to acknowledge that the American Shakespeare Center receives financial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


American Shakespeare Center's student matinee program is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsMidwest.

The American Shakespeare Center is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin College.



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Sweet Wag Shakespeare's HAMLET

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 8:00 pm


The Winter's Tale

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 10:30 am

Inside Plays

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5:30 pm

Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:00 pm

The Winter's Tale

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30 pm


Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

Sejanus His Fall

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7:30 pm

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Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 10:30 am

Inside Plays

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:30 pm

The Winter's Tale

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:30 pm


Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10:30 am


Blackfriars Conference

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 6:00 pm

Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 8:00 pm


Blackfriars Conference

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:00 pm

The Winter's Tale

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 8:00 pm


Blackfriars Conference

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:00 pm

Antony and Cleopatra

Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:00 pm


Blackfriars Conference

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 6:00 pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, October 31, 2015, 5:00 pm


ASC on Tour

All the world's a stage, and the American Shakespeare Center On Tour has played it. More