Theater - Theatre in Washington can be divided
into three different levels. At the top is the premier
Kennedy Center which hosts a variety of national companies,
a number of top quality performers and a number of
national arts events. In the middle are a number of
well-established theatres which host Broadway companies
or their own productions. Last, but certainly not
least, are a number of smaller theatres which host
all manner of smaller productions.
Some of the larger Washington Theaters
are listed below. Check with the Washington Post or
the City Paper to find more information on some of
the smaller theatres.
The Kennedy Center was designed
to be the nation’s cultural jewel. The stately
marble building overlooking the Potomac is certainly
a testament to that sentiment. It is home to the National
Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony,
the Washington Opera and the Washington Ballet. While
tickets for the opera, and the symphony can be expensive,
occasionally there are reduced-rate tickets available
on the day of the performance. In addition, the Kennedy
Center hosts the Millennium Stage which includes a
series of daily free arts events. For more information:
202/467-4600, 800/444-1324, www.kennedy-center.org,
Metro: shuttle from Foggy Bottom-GWU.
Folger Shakespeare Library and Theater.
The Folger focuses on classic and modern interpretations
of Shakespeare’s plays. 202/544-7077, 210 E.
Capitol St SE, www.folger.edu, Metro: Capitol South.
Ford’s Theater: This is the
historical theatre where John Wilkes Booth killed
Abraham Lincoln. In addition it hosts musicals and
other events. 202/218-6500, 511 10th St NW, www.fordstheater.org,
Metro: Galler Pl-Chinatown.
National Theatre: The National Theatre
is Washington’s oldest theatre. This is the
spot for any Broadway shows. 202/628-6161, 1321 Pennsylvania
Ave NW, www.nationaltheatre.org, Metro: Federal Triangle.