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National Theatre - Washington, DC


National Theatre - Washington, DC
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The National Theatre in Washington, DC, a 1,676-seat Federal-style theater, produces Broadway-level plays and musicals. The National Theatre is the oldest playhouse in the United States and has operated in the same location since 1835. During the 1800s the building was destroyed by fire and rebuilt on the same site five times. The last major renovation was completed in 1984.

Hundreds of celebrated stars have performed at the National Theatre including: Helen Hayes, John Barrymore, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Pearl Bailey, Sarah Bernhardt, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn. Every president and First Lady since 1835 have attended performances here as well.

National Theatre Tickets

Etix.com is the official ticketing provider for The National Theatre. Call: (800) 514-3849

The National Theatre Box Office is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and is open Monday-Friday, Noon – 6 p.m.

Discount Tickets: A limited number of half-price tickets are available for students, seniors, military personnel and Department of Human Resource patrons. They are for sale at the box office only and for performances on Tuesday or Wednesday Evening or Sunday matinee.

You may also find premium seating at TicketsNow.com

Free Performances at the National Theatre

  • Saturday-morning children's theater
  • Monday-night showcases of local performers (September through May)
  • Summer cinema (a variety of films)

National Theatre Location

1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Closest Metro Station: Metro Center
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The National Theatre is located in the heart of Washington, DC, just three blocks from The White House. Many restaurants, hotels and shops are located in the neighborhood surrounding the theater. Find restaurants in Washington, DC’s theater district.

Parking Lots Near the National Theatre

PMI - 1220 E Street, NW
PMI -1325 G Street, NW
QUICK PARK I - 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
QUICK PARK II - 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
COLONIAL PARKING - 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
CARRPARK - 1450 F Street, NW

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