"I came at writing from acting, and, obviously, for an actor, there is no greater summit to climb than Shakespeare."
Innkeeper Joe Harman from the Frederick House just dropped us a note to let us know the lengths to which people will go to visit the ASC . . .
Co-founder and Artistic Director Jim Warren not only wanted to direct
Check here for ASC's Policies on Cameras and Recording Devices, Bringing Kids to the Blackfriars Playhouse, Access Services, Inclement Weather Policy, and Parking.

Education & Research

Registrations for the 2015 No Kidding Shakespeare Camp for Adults are now open! Join us July 20-24th to explore the theme of Social History.
In our Summer Seminar, August 7th, learn about the tools for performance that Shakespeare wrote into his plays and how to apply them in your classroom.
ASC Study Guides now include lesson plans for 19 of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a "Class-to-Cast" production manual. Available as PDF downloads and in print-on-demand hard copies.

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On Stage Now




2015 Summer/Fall Season



Antony and Cleopatra

Now Playing through 11/27

One of history’s most famous love stories, Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most expansive play, full of all the colliding opposites that make life rich: work and play, war and peace, East and West, man and woman. MORE...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Now Playing through 11/29

This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is Shakespeare's tribute to humankind’s power of imagination, and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic. MORE...


The Winter's Tale

Pay What You Will 7/8 and 7/10

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. MORE...


Shakespeare's Joan

of Arc (Henry VI, Part 1)

Pay What You Will 9/11 and 9/12

The world whirls out of control in Shakespeare’s thrilling tale of France’s Joan of Arc, the English warrior Talbot, and the young King Henry. MORE...


Paul Beers and Michelle Buonocore of Roanoke, VA
Rory J. Cutaia and Jaymie A. Cutaia of Middlebrook, VA 
Mike and Emma Gutzler of Middlebrook, VA
Dan Layman and Pamela Fox of Staunton, VA
Chris and Betsy Little of McDowell, VA
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton of New Orleans, LA
Lawrence and Sandra Rose of Penn Laird, VA
Grisanti Capital Management of New York, NY
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center 
Frederick House, a small hotel,
celebrating more than 10 years as our Annual Sponsor

Shakespeare in American Communities

We are proud to acknowledge that the American Shakespeare Center receives financial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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.

The American Shakespeare Center is proud to partner with Mary Baldwin College.



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Antony and Cleopatra

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale (PWYW)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale (PWYW)

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 2:00 pm

Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:30 pm


Theatre Camp Performances

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:00 am

The Winter's Tale

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 7:30 pm

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

The Winter's Tale

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

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Antony and Cleopatra

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 2:00 pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

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The Winter's Tale

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 7:30 pm


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:30 pm


Antony and Cleopatra

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:30 pm


The Winter's Tale

Friday, July 31, 2015, 7:30 pm


ASC on Tour

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