DC Theaters Overview

Warner Theatre - Concert Venue | Theater in DC

There are actually a ton of Washington, DC theaters – even more than a ton if you factor in surrounding Virginia and Maryland venues – so finding a show that piques your interest will be about as easy as finding a politician who says one thing and then does the exact opposite.

Although its current building was constructed in the 1920s, the National Theater in DC was actually founded almost a century before that, and has entertained every U.S. President since Andrew Jackson – likely due to its location blocks from The White House – with big local productions and several Broadway shows.

The Lincoln Theatre on U Street is another historic DC theater, which originally served the African American community when segregation prevented them from visiting other city venues, and was integral to U Street becoming known as “The Black Broadway.” Nowadays, The Lincoln Theatre hosts a variety of performances and events, including plays, musicals, and concerts.

Shakespeare lovers (and those who have yet to see Billy Shakes done right) should make it a point to see what the Shakespeare Theatre Company is up to, while history buffs can hit up the Ford’s Theatre for a chance to see unique American productions and also check out the location where President Abraham Lincoln was shot.

From major galas at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to hilarious comedy at DC Improv to Arena Stage's vibrant three-theater complex and its range of classic and contemporary plays, theaters in DC will continue to bring diverse audiences together for a night of fun. The government could learn something from them.

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