Attending a show at asc

What about safety?

The American Shakespeare Center requires all audience members 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 paired with a valid photo ID to attend shows. Masks are also required of all patrons, staff, and volunteers for the entirety of their ASC experience.  Read more about our safety practices here.

where will the plays be performed?

All of the 2022 ASC productions will take place in the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse.

how will seating work indoors?

The Blackfriars Playhouse will return to a mostly full capacity house.  Our front row, 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 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM).

For those who prefer to attend a socially distanced performance, we have select “Distance Days” available per title.

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

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, 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?

Our Shakespeare Titles typically run in the 2.5 hour range, while our non-Shakespeare titles range. 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. 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). 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?

Please check back soon for details on any digital options from ASC.

have more questions?

Email our Box Office at