Bring the magic of Shakespeare’s staging conditions to your venue.

ASC on Tour invites audiences to enjoy shows that are produced as Shakespeare’s company performed them – surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, each of whom play multiple roles.  This highly interactive style allows ASC on Tour to forge a sense of community between performers and audience rarely found in theatre today and enables audiences to understand and enjoy these classic works.

Whether you’re looking for a single performance or a portable festival, ASC on Tour promises “shamelessly entertaining” shows at a great value.


The 2019/20 National tour
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

Imogen (Cymbeline)

by William Shakespeare

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati

The 2019/20 National Tour is available for booking now through spring 2020.


by William Shakespeare


by William Shakespeare


New Award-Winning Play (announced January 2020)

The 2020/21 National Tour is available for booking now through spring 2021.

For info and rates:


Presenters can choose from three different plays, which are performed in true rotating repertory by 10 professional actors.  The Tour uses the same approach seen at the Blackfriars Playhouse (the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre) in Staunton, Virginia – audience on three sides, universal lighting, beautiful costumes, actors often playing more than one role in a show, and live unplugged music. Rather than spinning tales with an elaborate set and electronic wizardry, ASC on Tour delivers remarkable performances through expert acting and a focus on the language like Shakespeare’s company did.

Whether your space is a black box, proscenium or thrust stage, or an open area, the ASC can transform it into a Renaissance playhouse in less than two hours.

Show timeline

Doors open 30 minutes before the play begins. While the audience arrives, live music is performed by the actors. The run time of a full-length production is typically two hours, not including the intermission or musical pre-show.


Music plays a big part in our shows. In addition to the music sprinkled throughout the shows, our actors perform 15-20 minutes of live, unplugged music before the show starts and again during intermission: classic rock, Top 40 hits, original songs, and more. The result is emblematic of our approach: a commitment to Shakespeare’s text and to the mission of connecting that text to modern audiences.


The American Shakespeare Center includes education as a fundamental part of our mission. ASC on Tour not only takes our artistic programming across the country, our troupe members are also educators, spreading the ASC’s methods of performance-based learning to new communities. We offer one-hour workshops that cover a wide variety of topics such as rhetoric, verse, staging conditions, and stage combat. These workshops offer participants an exciting, hands-on learning experience in an intimate setting. Workshops are interactive and are limited to 30 participants. We also offer a “TalkBack” option, which is a Q&A session held after a performance.

We offer Study Guides for many of Shakespeare’s plays; we provide an eBook at no extra charge to each Presenter who books a performance (print editions are available for purchase in our online gift shop).

Our Approach and mission

Our mission is to recover the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare’s theatre, language and humanity.  ASC on Tour strives to be a beacon for all to feel more alive through the experience of Shakespeare performance and education, changing lives one encounter at a time.

troupe information and technical requirements

  • Our touring troupe consists of 10 actors, a tour manager, and an assistant tour manager who travel in two passenger vans and a box truck. They typically arrive the day before a performance, set up that evening, and depart the morning after the last show. Professional, efficient, and with few technical needs, the Tour’s set-up and tear-down takes less than two hours each.
  • The items in the truck include costumes, musical instruments, props, and our portable set.
  • For a proscenium, the TOTAL minimum space needed is 33 ft. wide x 32 ft. deep. For a thrust stage, black box, open space, or arena the TOTAL minimum space needed is 25 ft. wide x 32 ft. deep. Some exceptions may apply.
  • The troupe handles the load-in, set-up, tear-down, and load-out; two to four helpers are requested.
  • A minimum of six hours exclusive access to the performing space is needed prior to the start of any performance.
  • The troupe must be allowed to load in and set up the night before a morning performance.
  • Universal lighting is used throughout the performance – a general wash on stage and the house lights stay on.
  • The troupe will bring along pipe and drape to create/mask the backstage if needed.
  • Our actors generally do not use microphones; however, on-site sound reinforcement may be needed at 1000+ seat venues.
  • Private restrooms and changing areas are required.
  • A technical director needs to be on-site during load-in and on call during our residency.