The American Shakespeare Center is home to one of the best Shakespeare theater troops in America and models itself after London’s Globe Theatre, a replica of Shakespeare’s original theater. Though not open-air like its London counterpart, the experience feels remarkably similar, with the theater-in-the-round style creating an intimate atmosphere for some truly excellent performances. The company hosts a variety of plays throughout the year, featuring both Shakespeare classics and other works by contemporaries including Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe.
The theater is located under an hour’s drive from Charlottesville, in the small town of Staunton, Virginia. Tickets are very reasonable, and the enthusiasm and skill of the actors makes it an enjoyable experience for both Shakespeare buffs and casual spectators.