Fall Season 2023

Join us for an epic conclusion to ASC's 35th Anniversary year

Cast of Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by October Grace Media.

Enrichment Programming at ASC

Take your experience to the next level!

Much Ado About Nothing 2023

Beatrice loves Benedick. Benedick loves Beatrice. So what’s the problem? Feel the joy of love won and the ache of love lost as this story makes you laugh, breaks your heart, and then somehow puts it back together again.  

"A treat for all seasons! American Shakespeare Center pulled out all the stops in Shakespeare's zany battle of the sexes. Get thee to Staunton—thou shalt not regret it."
- Broadway World

July 21 - November 19
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Hamlet 2023

A royal family unravels in this thrilling drama. Shattered by his father’s murder and horrified by his mother’s hasty remarriage to his scheming uncle, Denmark’s Prince Hamlet plots revenge, feigning madness that soon consumes him. Plot and counterplot build to a devastating finale as Hamlet’s obsession finally destroys everyone around him.

Sponsored by Paul G. Beers of Roanoke, VA.

September 28, 2023 – November 18, 2023
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Coriolanus 2023

Class war and the struggle for equity and justice were unlikely themes for a theater company called the King’s Men, but Shakespeare’s Coriolanus pits a leader whose pride places him so far above his subjects that he can scarcely hide his disdain. When hunger drives the people to sedition, Coriolanus wins back their regard in feats of battle—only to lose their faith and his life. Unbending pride and untrammeled power make a deadly mix in this riveting tragedy.


October 26 – November 18
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A Christmas Carol 2023

The ultimate tale of transformation, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol transports miserly Ebenezer Scrooge high above the streets of Victorian London, where Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future haunt his dreams…accomplishing, in one fateful night, what a lifetime of grasping and greed could not do: the warming of his cold, cold heart. Join a holiday tradition beloved by families and friends of all ages!

November 30 – December 30
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Friday Night Lights On

A series of Friday night lectures, workshops, and panels featuring a line up of scholars, industry experts, ASC familiar faces, and powerful partnerships.

June 16 - November 17
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Shakespeare Uncorked

ASC has partnered with some local wineries and breweries for a special pre-show experience. Enjoy a tasting of some of the best libations in the area in our upper lobby on select Saturdays throughout 2023. These tastings include a limited edition souvenir glass to take with you.  

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Teacher Seminars

Join us for a weekend at the Blackfriars Playhouse where you will rediscover the joy and accessibility of teaching Shakespeare. Our practical approach will send you back to the classroom equipped to make Shakespeare’s 16th-century lessons engaging for your 21st-century students.  

October 20-22
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Virtual Playhouse Tour

Celebrate 35 years of ASC by exploring behind the scenes at the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse with a virtual Playhouse tour. Similar to our in-person tour, learn about our modern theater & its historical predecessor— with added locations inaccessible to the public!

Year Round
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No Kidding Shakespeare



No Kidding Drama Club is a drama club...for adults! Join in the fun and perform on the Blackfriars Stage along with ASC Education Artists and other special guests.  

Fall 2023
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What is an Actors' Renaissance show?

Born of an experiment to bring Shakespeare’s performance conditions into our rehearsal hall, the Actors’ Renaissance has become a hallmark of ASC’s unique blend of scholarship and practice. It’s our deepest dive into the Elizabethan era, but exactly IS it? Watch now to find out!

Register for Blackfriars Conference 2023

This November, ASC will welcome conference attendees back to the Blackfriars Playhouse to hear scholarly papers, attend colloquies, compete in staging sessions, and enjoy other social events and activities. Conference registration deadline is October 14th!


Announcing Sir Trevor Nunn as one of the three Blackfriars Conference 2023 keynote speakers! Sir Trevor's work is celebrated for its depth, for its breadth—classical theatre, musicals, opera, film—and for his nurturing of actors, many of whom have become household names.

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