Attending a show at asc

things to know


where will the plays be performed?

ASC is committed to meeting the needs of our audience—and will offer a variety of options to join us this summer. Macbeth will be produced at our outdoor venue starting in May through the weekend of July 4th and then reopen in the Blackfriars Playhouse July 9th. Henry V will be presented indoors at the Blackfriars Playhouse in June and will be joined by All’s Well that Ends Well indoors in August. These titles will also be available to stream via our BlkFrsTV.

how will seating work indoors?

The Blackfriars Playhouse will continue to be at a reduced capacity and our front rows, Lord’s Chairs, and Gallant Stools will remain off-sale. You may pick your seats online or by calling the box office (open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 – 4:30PM). If selecting online, the colorful seats are available for purchase, the black seats are off-sale for social distancing, and the grey x indicates a seat that is already occupied. Please do not select seats directly next to another party, the box office will contact the latest party to book to move seats if parties are directly next to each other.

If you have a larger party than our seating map can seat together, give our Box Office a call to see how we can accommodate you.

Visit our Plan Your Visit page for accessibility information and our Ticket Policy Page for ticket information.

What about safety?

ASC led the nation in returning to safe, live theater during our SafeStart Summer 2020 Season. We have continued to work with infectious disease specialists to ensure the safety of our actors, staff, and audiences. ASC practices universal masking, social distancing, reduced capacity, and increased sanitation. 

Read more about our SafeStart Protocols here.

Under the guidance of our medical partners, and in order to provide the safest experience for patrons and staff, the American Shakespeare Center will be requiring audiences to provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative NAAT or PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of the performance to attend shows starting September 16, 2021. Read more here.

I’ve had a vaccine, do I still have to wear a mask?

Masks are required for all patrons, staff, and volunteers at the Blackfriars Playhouse. This is in-line with industry standards and helps keep our acting company safe.

will there be concessions?

We are currently unable to have concessions or drinks or allow outside food and drink.

what if restrictions do not allow for the shows to go on?

ASC follows the guidance and restrictions from our local, state, and national officials. If we are unable to produce as planned, you will receive options with what to do with your tickets—including receiving a ticket credit, giving a tax-deductible donation, receiving a digital stream, or a refund.

what if I am sick when i am supposed to attend a show?

We are unable to let anyone who is currently ill, has experienced symptoms within two weeks of their show, or has been exposed to someone with COVID19 within two weeks to attend performances. Please call the Box Office to re-book, refund, or credit your tickets.

I have a ticket from a previous season, can i use that?

Absolutely! Email or call our Box Office with your name (and order number, if you have it) and let us know you would like to use a placeholder from a previous season.

I need to cancel or change my tickets.

 We are happy to change your reservation to a new date or placeholder (good for a year to any ASC show), if your plans have changed. We are only able to fully refund and cancel your order due to a COVID related reason.

Where should I stay or eat in town?

 Please see our Plan Your Visit Guide or Visit Staunton for details on parking, hotels, and local eateries.

What are the run times? Are these shows appropriate for children?

All three of our shows are currently running about 2.5 hours (including the interlude).
No matter the title, Shakespeare’s language often includes a racy joke or bawdy comedic bit- and, if it’s a history or tragedy, there will be a sword fight and at least one character is very likely to die. We are happy to invite children aged 7 and up to the Playhouse, but appropriateness of the content is at the parent or guardian discretion (current masking and vaccination requirements apply to any aged patron). You can read more about each play in the “Stuff That Happens” sections of our digital program. For a more in-depth look at the shows, though it may not be the most scholarly answer, Wikipedia often has a detailed synopsis of the plays (with, of course, plenty of spoilers).

When will the DIGITAL options be available?

Exact dates of streaming access will be announced as the season progresses.

have more questions?

Email our Box Office at