News

We interviewed Sarah Fallon, James Keegan, and Jim Warren for a in-depth look at ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
Co-founder and Artistic Director Jim Warren not only wanted to direct "Antony and Cleopatra," he wanted Sarah Fallon and James Keegan in the lead roles.
Innkeeper Joe Harman from the Frederick House just dropped us a note to let us know the lengths to which people will go to visit the ASC . . .
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

In our Fall Teacher Seminar, September 12-13, we will explore the metrical magic, staging challenges, and theatrical wonder of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
Register now for the 2015 Blackfriars Conference -- 5 days of scholarship and entertainment from October 28 - November 1, 2015.
ASC Study Guides now include lesson plans for 19 of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a "Class-to-Cast" production manual. Available as PDF downloads and in print-on-demand hard copies.
At ASC Leadership Programs, participants will engage with Shakespeare's characters and rhetoric, as well as working in teams with cue scripts, to make choices about their own leadership styles and methods of delivery.

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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...

 

Hamlet

Shakespeare's Joan

of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Pay What You Will 9/11 and 9/12

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...

 


 

COMING SEPTEMBER 2nd-6th: 

2015/16 Dangerous Dreams Tour Sneak Peek



 

The Life of King Henry the Fifth

Pay What You Will 9/4 

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...


The Importance of Being Earnest

Pay What You Will 9/3 

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...


Hamlet

Julius Caesar

Pay What You Will 9/2 

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




WITH GRATITUDE TO OUR ANNUAL SPONSORS:

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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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, August 28, 2015, 7:30 pm

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Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

The Winter's Tale

Saturday, August 29, 2015, 7:30 pm

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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ASC on Tour

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