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.

Arriving at the Playhouse

How do you define fully vaccinated?

“Fully vaccinated” means that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer/BionTech, AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine) or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines (Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)).

What types of proof are accepted for vaccination?

You can bring a physical copy of your vaccine card, a photo on a phone, a printout/digital image from your medical provider, or a printout/digital image from your state’s vaccine registry. All images must have the name of the vaccinated individual and dates visible. ASC is not currently able to accept third party app proof of vaccination. 

Do I need anything else?

Please provide a valid form of photo ID alongside your vaccination/negative test proof.


We are happy to offer a refund, exchange your tickets for a different performance, or provide a placeholder for any ASC performance (good for a calendar year).


Yes; in order to protect the privacy of our audience members, we will not keep copies of our patrons’ vaccination records.

Will masks still be required?

Yes; masks, covering the face and nose, are also required for all patrons, staff, and volunteers while inside the Blackfriars Playhouse.

Why are masks still required?

The guidance of our medical professionals is that masking, regardless of vaccination status, is still the best way to prevent community transmission. All of our safety measures work together. A mask is great, vaccinations are great—together they are excellent.

Are your staff members and performers vaccinated?

Yes, all staff members and performers are vaccinated and subject to the same rules regarding masking (unless performing).

what does this mean for check-in?

You will be able to check in starting 45 minutes prior to the show outside the Playhouse.  A member of ASC’s staff will be ready to greet you and verify the ticket, vaccination proof, and valid photo ID of each member of your party.  Please arrive at the Playhouse with your digital tickets and vaccination proof ready on your phone or printed. Lobbies and seating open 30 minutes prior to the show.

What if I am unable to be vaccinated?

If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a sincerely held religious belief, medical reason, or because of age—we are able to accept proof of a negative NAAT or PCR COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date. The requirement of universal masking remains in effect. Bring your negative test result, or a picture of it with the date and name clearly visible, that is no more than 72 hours old, with you the day of the performance. Please provide a valid form of photo ID alongside your negative test proof.

What about Children?

Children under the age of 12, or who are otherwise unvaccinated, can submit the same negative NAAT or PCR COVID test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to the performance date.

Will a store-bought Rapid Test be accepted?

At home tests will not be accepted as we cannot verify who took the test.

Where can I be tested?

Use the link below for Virginia testing sites. Please note that these generally require an appointment in advance.


Where can I be vaccinated?

Use the link below for Virginia Vaccination sites.


What if I am not vaccinated and cannot test before I come to the ASC?

We will rebook your tickets, refund your order, or issue you a placeholder based on your preference. If this applies to individual members of your party, we are able to rebook, refund, or placeholder partial orders, if the rest of the party still wants to attend.

Want to know more about the ASC’s mitigations to provide a safe environment for audiences, performers, and staff?

See our complete SafeStart COVID19 Guide. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please call the box office at (877) MUCH-ADO or email info@americanshakespearecenter.com The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM.