Washington is well known for many things, including theatre! This holiday season as you look for the perfect gift for friends and family, don’t forget about all the wonderful theatrical performances around town. From holiday classics like “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” to the works of William Shakespeare, the theatre scene has something for everyone.
For those of you who have been waiting for a great excuse to visit Ford’s Theater, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is playing at the historical 511 Tenth St, NW venue. The Christmas favorite follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy and lonely old man, who must revisit his life with the help of the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. The piece was adapted by Michael Wilson and directed by Michael Baron and will be playing from now until January 3rd. Take the whole family to experience a true, American Christmas classic! A Christmas Carol
What would be more fitting this holiday season in Washington than a history twist on the classic tale of the Nutcracker? The Warner Theatre, located in downtown Washington, DC, is showing Septime Webre’s version of the “The Nutcracker”. This story shows the formation of our country as George Washington fought for freedom against King George III of England. In this play, the Nutcracker is played by George Washington and the evil Rat King is represented as King George III. The Nutcracker
The Kennedy Center is also hosting a wide array of great theatrical pieces this holiday season. Great musical hits like: “A Candlelight Christmas” by the Washington Chorus, “Handel’s Messiah” by the National Symphony Orchestra, family hits such as “Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe,” performances by the New York City Ballet, and District pieces like “Shear Madness” are sure to please everyone this season. The Kennedy Center has a variety of select performances going on throughout the month of December so be sure to check the website for the best ticketing and pricing information. The Kennedy Center
For a modern-day interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic works visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company founded in 1985. This holiday season get tickets to Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It” directed by Tony award winning, Maria Aitken. This story brings together the elements Shakespeare is most known for as fantasy lands, young lovers in disguise and poetry come together to produce a night full of laughter and good cheer. The Shakespeare Company
For a different theater experience this season, try Lincoln’s Theater on U Street and be sure to see “The Fantasticks.” This boy-meets-girl hit will be sure to liven up the holiday season and offer a performance that is sure to be a success. The score by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt is a hit from the Off-Broadway scene and will please audiences who are looking to venture outside the holiday norm. Check the U Street site for more information on this piece that will be running until January 10th. The Fantasticks