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Engagement | Teach & Learn | American Shakespeare Center

Playhouse Tours

Tours of the Blackfriars Playhouse blend lecture and performance in an educational and entertaining look at the theatre of Shakespeare's day. Our guides tell the story of England's first indoor theatre and describe how the staging conditions of 16th and 17th century London shaped the works of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights.

Tour participants will:
Learn about the history of the American Shakespeare Center, and

  • Get the details about the Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre.
  • Be introduced to the historical framework of Shakespeare's London.
  • Get to go on-stage, back-stage, and under-the-stage to get an actor's eye view of the world of Shakespeare's theatre.
  • Have the chance to perform your favorite scenes or monologues as Shakespeare's actors did (inspired by Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern's Shakespeare in Parts).

  • Tours last approximately one hour. Photography and performing is highly encouraged!

    Playhouse tours begin at the box office of the Blackfriars Playhouse located at 10 South Market Street.

    Monday - Friday:  2pm 
    Saturday: 11am. 
    *Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinee performances.  Find the full list of available tours and purchase your tickets here.

    $7.00 per person. If you would like to order tickets for a tour, you may either do so online, or by calling the American Shakespeare Center Box office at 1-877-MUCH-ADO (877-682-4236).  Special group rates are available.  Please contact our Group and Education Sales Manager if you would like more details at


    As an essential part of our mission to be a place to enjoy and to study Shakespeare in performance, the American Shakespeare Center is pleased to open its rehearsals to scholars, students, and researchers who wish to deepen their understanding of the process of staging a play. We invite those who would like to see a rehearsal to contact the Education department to schedule their visits. Email or call 540-885-5588 ext. 28.


    2017 Renaissance Season