Attending a show at asc

What about safety?


updated 8.4.2022

Beginning with the opening of Pass Over  on August 11, 2022 the ASC will no longer require proof of vaccination or universal masking. We strongly encourage patrons to mask when possible. ASC is monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines and will update this policy as necessary. Read more about safety here.


how will seating work indoors?

The Blackfriars Playhouse has returned to near full capacity.  Our front row and Gallant Stools will remain off-sale due to Actor’s Equity distancing requirements. You may pick your seats online or by calling the box office (open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM).

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

will there be concessions?

Our bar is back! Visit the upstairs lobby (accessible via stairs and elevator) preshow for snacks and beverages. We will open a downstairs bar on busy nights. Starting August 11, patrons will be able to take purchased concessions into the Playhouse. We do not allow any outside food or drink, including water bottles.

what if restrictions/illness 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 a text message at your provided number and an email at the address you provide during checkout. Options with what to do with your tickets—including receiving a ticket credit, giving a tax-deductible donation, or a refund will be sent.

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 cancelled season or a placeholder made in the last year.

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 Make it a Weekend page for details on parking, hotels, and local eateries.

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

Our Shakespeare Titles typically run in the 2.5 hour range, while our non-Shakespeare titles range from 90 minutes to 2+ hours. A more specific run time is available shortly after the show opens by calling our Box Office.
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. While we welcome children aged 7 and up to the Playhouse, appropriateness of the content is at the parent or guardian discretion. 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).

have more questions?

Email our Box Office at tickets@americanshakespearecenter.com