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Education & Research

We have two Dr. Ralph Presents lectures this week - Join us April 23rd at 5:30pm for OTHELLO and April 24th at 5:30pm for THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.
Join us Sunday, April 27th, at 7:30pm for THE FAMOUS VICTORIES OF HENRY V, presented by The Shakespeare Factory from Baltimore, MD. Pay-What-You-Will.
Announcing the 2014 No Kidding Shakespeare Camp, celebrating the theme of Collaboration: July 14th-18th, 2014.
Join us Sunday, April 27th at 6:00pm for a lecture on Original Practices as part of our Shakespeare Week celebration.

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On Stage at the Blackfriars




In this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge. Both expansive and claustrophobic, Othello is Shakespeare at the height of his creative power— a ravishing and unforgettable classic. MORE...

Henry 4

Henry IV, Part 1


In this thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble rousers. Henry IV, Part 1 is Shakespeare’s masterful exploration of family and friends; honor and happiness; and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do. MORE...


Merry Wives

The Merry Wives
of Windsor


Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring “the fat knight in love.” In the effervescent The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff may not be truly in love, but he is certainly in lust. The objects of his desire, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most beloved bad boys. MORE...


Coming Soon




Cyrano de Bergerac


The Comedy of Errors



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American Shakespeare Center's student matinee program is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtsMidwest.

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Playhouse Tour

Friday, April 25, 2014, 2:00 pm

Playhouse Tour

Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:00 am

Henry IV

Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 pm


Playhouse Tour

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11:00 am


Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 pm


Henry IV

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Talk by renowned Shakespeare educator and actor, Ben Crystal

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

The Famous Victories of Henry V

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7:30 pm


Playhouse Tour

Monday, April 28, 2014, 2:00 pm

Playhouse Tour

Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:00 am


Playhouse Tour

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:00 am

Playhouse Tour

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 2:00 pm


Playhouse Tour

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 11:00 am

Playhouse Tour

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 7:30 pm


ASC on Tour

All the world's a stage, and the American Shakespeare Center On Tour has played it. More