All The World's A Stage

All The World’s A Stage

“All the world’s a stage,” penned the Bard, and the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) should know – they “put on the show” six days a week, 51 weeks a year.

The Washington Post praises ASC as “shamelessly entertaining” and the Boston Globe says, “phenomenal… bursting with energy.”

Shakespeare’s plots and characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged. Universal themes of love, tragedy, treachery, audacity, honor, bravery, betrayal, despair, and political intrigue all combine into entertainment of legendary proportions.

In Shakespeare’s day and age, the lights did not go down as the curtain came up. That’s why ASC’s motto is “we do it with the lights on.”  Across the board, ASC walks the walk when it comes to Shakespeare’s original staging conventions – expect to find universal lighting, minimal sets, brisk pace, audience interaction, and gender bending actors.

ASC’s actors are amazingly versatile. They are adroit with nuance, scholarly in language, and skilled in swordplay – and they also sing, play musical instruments, and dance! (Plan to arrive 30 minutes before the performance starts to enjoy the informal music performed by members of the play’s cast.)

Plays are staged in the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, the world’s only authentic re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre. Frommer’s Travel Guide insists that “this stunning re-creation of the first indoor theater in the English-speaking world… is, in itself, a reason to visit Staunton.”

The Washington Post praises ASC as “shamelessly entertaining” and the Boston Globe says, “phenomenal… bursting with energy.”

Insider's Tip:
Playhouse tours of the 300-seat theater are available several times each week. Tours begin at the box office, and last approximately one hour.
Insider's Tip:
Playhouse tours of the 300-seat theater are available several times each week. Tours begin at the box office, and last approximately one hour.