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A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center; Ford's Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, DC to explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. The site of Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, Ford's Theatre offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in America's past while revealing meaningful connections to today.
As a working theatre, Ford's produces plays and musicals exploring the American experience and the Lincoln legacy. The 2017-2018 season began in September with Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," (9/22/17-10/22/17). The season continued with "A Christmas Carol," a Washington holiday tradition for more than 35 years (11/16/17-12/31/17). In 2018, Ford's produces the American premiere of a sweeping drama set during the American revolution titled, "Jefferson's Garden," by Timberlake Wertenbaker (1/19/18-2/11/18). The season ends with the Tony-winning musical "The Wiz," (3/9/18-5/12/18) featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop as well as exuberant choreography.
The theatre, museum and education center are also open for daytime visits that educate patrons about Civil War Washington and Lincoln's life, assassination and legacy. Highlights of a Ford's Theatre visit include artifacts related to the Lincoln assassination conspiracy, presentations by actors and National Park Service rangers, exhibits exploring Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War, and a 34-foot tower of Lincoln books.