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A working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center, Ford's Theatre is the premier destination in Washington, D.C. 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 2016-2017 season begins with the Broadway-bound musical "Come From Away," (9/2/16-10/16/16). The season continues with "A Christmas Carol," a Washington holiday tradition for 35 years (11/17/16-12/31/16). In 2017, Ford's produces Edward Albee's wildly funny and heart-wrenching "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1/21/17-2/19/17). The season ends with the epic American musical "Ragtime" (3/10/17-5/20/17).
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.