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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 Ford 2018-2019 theatre season begins with the sharp-edged political satire "Born Yesterday," directed by Aaron Posner (Sept. 21-Oct. 21, 2018). "A Christmas Carol" returns for the holidays (Nov. 15 to Dec. 30, 2018). Next, Broadway director Sheldon Epps ignites a conversation about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice with his new production of "Twelve Angry Men" (Jan. 18-Feb. 17, 2019). The season concludes with Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical fairy tale with a twist, "Into the Woods" (March 8 to May 22, 2019).
The theatre, museum and aftermath exhibits 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.