“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” –Oscar Wilde
Are you a dramatic person? A history buff? A lover of all things related to theater? Regardless, during your stay here at the Iris Inn, you must venture the short drive to Staunton and explore the Blackfriars Playhouse, a reproduction of the original theatre in which Shakespeare’s plays were performed during the Elizabethan Era. Staunton’s re-creation of this theatre is not only beautiful to see, but it also houses some of the most fantastic plays in the area. If you are not familiar with Shakespearean style plays, then you’re in for a unique treat. There is a powerful simplicity to the set designs, and unlike most modern plays, the lights remain on during the entire production, allowing for some wonderful interaction between the audience and the actors. Additionally, audience members have the opportunity to sit onstage during the shows.
If this description isn’t enough to convince you, then perhaps a review from the renowned actress Dame Judi Dench can do so: “When I visited the Blackfriars Playhouse, I was instantly captivated by its atmosphere and by the amazing work that goes on there. It is a center of excellence and should be protected and cherished.”