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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Kennedy Center Opera House

Opens Oct 06

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The Broadway smash hit is now on tour, bringing the story of Carole King to life

Motown - The Musical

National Theater

Opens Dec 01

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The hit-filled story of Motown's founding father heads out on tour!

Matilda - The Musical

Kennedy Center Opera House

Opens Dec 15

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The four-time Tony winning musical heads out on a US tour!

Kinky Boots

Kennedy Center Opera House

Opens Jun 14, 2016

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The fabulous smash hit musical, which won six Tonys, heads out on tour

Phantom Of The Opera

Kennedy Center Opera House

Opens Jul 13, 2016

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Fall under the spell of the Longest Running Show in Broadway history!

Antigone

Eisenhower Theater

Opens Oct 22

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A stark new adaptation of Sophocles masterwork, starring Oscar winner Juliette Binoche

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Musical

National Theater

Opens Nov 18

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Fresh from Broadway, a hilarious take on the ultimate fairytale with all the classic elements plus some fresh twists!

A Christmas Carol

Fords Theater

Opens Nov 19

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A must-see holiday tradition!

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Kennedy Center Opera House

Opens Nov 25

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Chicago's definitive Nutcracker arrives in DC for a limited run

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Eisenhower Theater

Opens Jan 13, 2016

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Direct from Broadway!

Annie

National Theater

Opens Mar 15, 2016

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The Tony-nominated Broadway Production that's perfect for the whole family!

Jersey Boys

National Theater

Opens Apr 06, 2016

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This Tony-winning musical is swinging back into town - slick back your hair and get your dancing shoes on!

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Just Announced

Dates announced for Motown - The Musical

Booking from December 1st

Motown: The Musical is Broadway's hottest music history musical - a vibrant journey through the Motown genre from Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye to Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. The show tells the story of Berry Gordy, the founder of the record label Motown Records and one of the pioneers of Motown. Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

Jersey Boys dates for your diary

Dates from April 6th

This Tony-winning musical is swinging back into town - slick back your hair and get your dancing shoes on! Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

Dates announced for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Musical

Dates from November 18th

Fresh from Broadway, a hilarious take on the ultimate fairytale with all the classic elements plus some fresh twists! Read more Buy Tickets

Just Announced

Dates announced for Annie

Dates from March 15th

The Tony-nominated Broadway Production that's perfect for the whole family! Read more Buy Tickets

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Booking from October 6th

The Broadway smash hit is now on tour, bringing the story of Carole King to life Read more Buy Tickets

Upcoming Highlight

A Christmas Carol

Dates from November 19th

A must-see holiday tradition! Read more Buy Tickets

Limited Run

Don't miss Antigone, strictly limited run

From October 22nd to October 25th only

A stark new adaptation of Sophocles masterwork, starring Oscar winner Juliette Binoche Read more Buy Tickets

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Musicals

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

Opens Jan 13, 2016 at Eisenhower Theater

Annie

Opens Mar 15, 2016 at National Theater

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Opens Oct 06 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Bright Star

Opens Dec 02 at Eisenhower Theater

Jersey Boys

Opens Apr 06, 2016 at National Theater

Kinky Boots

Opens Jun 14, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Matilda - The Musical

Opens Dec 15 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Motown - The Musical

Opens Dec 01 at National Theater

Phantom Of The Opera

Opens Jul 13, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Musical

Opens Nov 18 at National Theater

The Bridges of Madison County

Opens Jun 28, 2016 at Eisenhower Theater

The Wizard of Oz

Opens May 03, 2016 at National Theater

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Plays

A Christmas Carol

Opens Nov 19 at Fords Theater

Antigone

Opens Oct 22 at Eisenhower Theater

Intimate Illusions

Opens Feb 13, 2016 at Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Sherlock Holmes

Opens Nov 17 at Warner Theater

The Glass Menagerie

Opens Jan 22, 2016 at Fords Theater

The Guard

Opens Sep 25 at Fords Theater

Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run

Opens Oct 29 at Warner Theater

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Family Shows

A Christmas Carol

Opens Nov 19 at Fords Theater

Alvin And The Chipmunks

Oct 10, 2015 at Warner Theater

America's Got Talent

Oct 28, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium

America's Test Kitchen Live

Oct 14, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium

Annie

Opens Mar 15, 2016 at National Theater

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Nov 25 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Matilda - The Musical

Opens Dec 15 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

Nov 27, 2015 at Warner Theater

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Mar 31, 2016 at Verizon Center

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - The Musical

Opens Nov 18 at National Theater

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Opens Feb 16, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

So You Think You Can Dance?

Nov 6, 2015 at Warner Theater

The Supernaturalists

Opens Oct 20 at Warner Theater

The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 03 at Warner Theater

The Wiggles

Sep 26, 2015 at Warner Theater

The Wizard of Oz

Opens May 03, 2016 at National Theater

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Comedy & Stand-up

Bo Burnham

Opens Oct 10 at Lincoln Theater

Capitol Steps

Booking until Sep 26 at Ronald Reagan Amphitheatre

Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy

Jan 29, 2016 at DAR Constitution Hall

Jim Jefferies

Nov 7, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Margaret Cho

Oct 9, 2015 at Warner Theater

Paula Poundstone

Opens Nov 20 at Birchmere Music Hall

Ron White

Nov 13, 2015 at Warner Theater

Sebastian Maniscalco

Oct 23, 2015 at Warner Theater

Wanda Sykes

Opens Nov 07 at Warner Theater

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Concerts

1964 The Tribute

Oct 4, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

5 Seconds of Summer

Sep 6, 2015 at Jiffy Lube Live

Andrea Bocelli

Dec 13, 2015 at Verizon Center

Arlo Guthrie

Opens Feb 05, 2016 at Birchmere Music Hall

Beirut

Opens Nov 03 at Lincoln Theater

Brad Paisley, Justin Moore & Mickey Guyton

Sep 26, 2015 at Jiffy Lube Live

Buddy Guy

Sep 28, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

Catfish And The Bottlemen

Sep 16, 2015 at 9:30 Club

Colin Hay

Opens Nov 12 at Birchmere Music Hall

Dark Star Orchestra

Dec 3, 2015 at 9:30 Club

Dave Davies

Oct 20, 2015 at Howard Theatre

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam

Sep 17, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

Don Henley

Nov 5, 2015 at DAR Constitution Hall

Ed Sheeran & Christina Perri

Opens Sep 22 at Verizon Center

FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)

Oct 5, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Garbage

Opens Oct 28 at 9:30 Club

Glen Hansard

Nov 28, 2015 at DAR Constitution Hall

Indigo Girls

Nov 2, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

J Balvin & Becky G

Oct 3, 2015 at Echostage

Jackson Browne

Sep 11, 2015 at Wolf Trap

Janet Jackson

Mar 1, 2016 at Verizon Center

Joe Jackson

Oct 23, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Joe Walsh

Sep 23, 2015 at Warner Theater

Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty

Nov 10, 2015 at Howard Theatre

Josh Groban

Sep 14, 2015 at DAR Constitution Hall

Judy Collins

Opens Dec 11 at Birchmere Music Hall

Ky-mani Marley

Sep 22, 2015 at Howard Theatre

Lenny Kravitz

Sep 1, 2015 at Wolf Trap

Leon Bridges

Oct 16, 2015 at 9:30 Club

Loreena McKennitt

Opens Oct 26 at Birchmere Music Hall

Loretta Lynn

Sep 27, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Lucinda Williams

Oct 7, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium

Madonna

Sep 12, 2015 at Verizon Center

Marina And The Diamonds

Nov 6, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Mark Knopfler

Oct 18, 2015 at Warner Theater

Melody Gardot

Oct 6, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

Michael McDonald

Oct 21, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

Modest Mouse

Sep 6, 2015 at Echostage

Odesza

Nov 7, 2015 at 9:30 Club

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Aug 29, 2015 at Wolf Trap

Patty Griffin

Sep 29, 2015 at Birchmere Music Hall

R. Kelly

Sep 26, 2015 at Verizon Center

Raheem Devaughn & Leela James

Oct 24, 2015 at Warner Theater

REO Speedwagon

Sep 10, 2015 at Warner Theater

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Sep 6, 2015 at Wolf Trap

Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs

Opens Nov 10 at Birchmere Music Hall

Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage

Feb 13, 2016 at Warner Theater

Steve Hackett

Nov 13, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Stevie Wonder

Oct 3, 2015 at Verizon Center

Stromae

Sep 16, 2015 at Echostage

Sturgill Simpson

Opens Sep 23 at Lincoln Theater

The Milk Carton Kids

Sep 10, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium

The Who

Nov 1, 2015 at Verizon Center

The Zombies

Oct 8, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Twenty One Pilots & Echosmith

Opens Sep 08 at Echostage

Van Halen & Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Aug 29, 2015 at Jiffy Lube Live

Warren Haynes

Oct 8, 2015 at Warner Theater

Yo La Tengo

Sep 25, 2015 at Lincoln Theater

Zedd

Oct 3, 2015 at DC Armory

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Dance & Ballet

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb 2, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Savion Glover

Booking until Aug 29 at Howard Theatre

So You Think You Can Dance?

Nov 6, 2015 at Warner Theater

The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker

Opens Dec 03 at Warner Theater

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Classical & Opera

Andrea Bocelli

Dec 13, 2015 at Verizon Center

Washington National Opera: Appomattox

Opens Nov 14 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera: Carmen

Opens Sep 19 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera: Lost in the Stars

Opens Feb 12, 2016 at Eisenhower Theater

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle - Siegfried

Opens May 04, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle - The Rhinegold

Opens Apr 30, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle - The Valkyrie

Opens May 02, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle - Twilight of the Gods

Opens May 06, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

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Cirque

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Opens Mar 31, 2016 at Verizon Center

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Opens Feb 16, 2016 at Kennedy Center Opera House

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