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The Book of Mormon at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

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From 16 Jun 2015

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic calling it the best new musical of the century, this is one show you won't want to miss.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

From 6 Oct 2015

Tracing the career of Carole King, and endorsed by the beloved Grammy winner herself, Beautiful is the feel good hit of 2014, scoring two 2014 Tony Awards. Described by The New York Times as 'A complex, revitalizing portrait of the real, conflicted person within the reluctant star', we learn about King's inspiring, but rocky road to the icon she is today.

New York City Ballet: 20th Century Classics at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

New York City Ballet: 20th Century Classics

From 7 Apr 2015

Undoubtedly deserving of the title of one the 20th Century's most innovative and well-loved choreographers, George Balachine has left a legacy of beauty and form in his works that is yet to be outdone. In this trio of his best known works, his beloved New York City Ballet continues to display the level of talent and understanding in ballet that earned him the title of ballet icon.

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New York City Ballet: 21st Century Choreographers at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

New York City Ballet: 21st Century Choreographers

From 8 Apr 2015

Four incredible young choreographer's works are celebrated in this impressive program from the NYCB, showcasing the company's dedication to innovative new pieces and talent.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Shen Yun Performing Arts

From 17 Apr 2015

A glorious celebration of five thousand years of Chinese culture, Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music, integrating technique and influence from both East and West. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from an ancient feudal period of time.

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Washington National Opera: Cinderella at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Washington National Opera: Cinderella

From 9 May 2015

Swapping glass slippers for a silver bracelet and a fairy godmother for a philosophy tutor, director Joan Font's Cinderella, (his take on Rossini's La Cenerentola,) has been steadily delighting audiences the world over since 2007. Zany and bright, it sparkles with wit and cleverness, creating an exciting, family friendly take on the beloved fairytale with the Barcelona's hilarious performing troupe, the Comediants providing fun and frippery.

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Scottish Ballet: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Scottish Ballet: A Streetcar Named Desire

From 28 May 2015

After the wildly successful UK world premiere tour of A Streetcar Named Desire, Scottish Ballet is taking this award winning production across the USA this fall.

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Matilda - The Musical at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Matilda - The Musical

From 15 Dec 2015

Matilda is a story about dreaming big, even though you may just be little. This hit musical is based on Roald Dahl's much-loved book of the same name, which tells the tale of an extraordinary child with hideous parents and an even more horrible headmistress. The production is given the musical treatment by the combined talents of Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company - a winning combination earning it four awards at the 2013 Tonys!

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Kinky Boots at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Kinky Boots

From 14 Jun 2016

Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's most successful new musicals, snapping up six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical! The uplifting show tells the tale of a failing family-run shoe factory in England whose business trajectory is changed (and saved!) thanks to the influence of a stiletto-wearing drag queen named Lola.

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Phantom Of The Opera at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington

Phantom Of The Opera

From 13 Jul 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical is based on Gaston Leroux's gothic novel of life beneath the stage. A secretive opera composer stalks the halls of the Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with young ingenue Christine, and will stop at nothing to have her.

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Show Archive

View 49 past events

Hair
4 Nov 2010 - 21 Nov 2010

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
7 Dec 2010 - 12 Dec 2010

South Pacific
14 Dec 2010 - 16 Jan 2011

Wicked
15 Jun 2011 - 21 Aug 2011

Les Miserables
28 Sep 2011 - 30 Oct 2011

American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
8 Dec 2011 - 11 Dec 2011

Billy Elliot
13 Dec 2011 - 15 Jan 2012

Mariinsky Ballet: Les Saisons Russes
17 Jan 2012 - 22 Jan 2012

Mark Morris Dance Group
26 Jan 2012 - 28 Jan 2012

American Ballet Theatre: La Bayadere
31 Jan 2012 - 5 Feb 2012

Washington National Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte
28 Feb 2012 - 15 Mar 2012

Memphis - The Musical
12 Jun 2012 - 1 Jul 2012

Paris Opera Ballet: Giselle
5 Jul 2012 - 8 Jul 2012

The Addams Family
10 Jul 2012 - 29 Jul 2012

War Horse
23 Oct 2012 - 11 Nov 2012

Jekyll & Hyde
20 Nov 2012 - 25 Nov 2012

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela
4 Dec 2012 - 4 Dec 2012

Irving Berlin's White Christmas
11 Dec 2012 - 6 Jan 2013

National Ballet Of Canada: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
18 Jan 2013 - 27 Jan 2013

Washington National Opera: Norma
9 Mar 2013 - 24 Mar 2013

New York City Ballet: Mixed Program
26 Mar 2013 - 31 Mar 2013

New York City Ballet: Glass Pieces
28 Mar 2013 - 30 Mar 2013

American Ballet Theatre: Le Corsaire
11 Apr 2013 - 14 Apr 2013

Washington National Opera: Show Boat
4 May 2013 - 26 May 2013

Anything Goes
11 Jun 2013 - 7 Jul 2013

Sister Act
29 Oct 2013 - 10 Nov 2013

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
12 Nov 2013 - 17 Nov 2013

Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker
27 Nov 2013 - 1 Dec 2013

Elf
17 Dec 2013 - 5 Jan 2014

Shen Yun Performing Arts
21 Jan 2014 - 26 Jan 2014

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake
28 Jan 2014 - 2 Feb 2014

Washington National Opera: Moby-Dick
22 Feb 2014 - 8 Mar 2014

Washington National Opera: The Elixir of Love
20 Mar 2014 - 29 Mar 2014

New York City Ballet: Jewels
1 Apr 2014 - 6 Apr 2014

American Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote
15 Apr 2014 - 20 Apr 2014

Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute
3 May 2014 - 18 May 2014

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle
20 May 2014 - 25 May 2014

The Lion King
17 Jun 2014 - 17 Aug 2014

Washington National Opera: Florencia in the Amazon
20 Sep 2014 - 28 Sep 2014

Evita
30 Sep 2014 - 19 Oct 2014

Washington National Opera: La Boheme
1 Nov 2014 - 15 Nov 2014

Ballet West: The Nutcracker
10 Dec 2014 - 14 Dec 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
16 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

The Illusionists
6 Jan 2015 - 11 Jan 2015

Mariinsky Ballet
27 Jan 2015 - 1 Feb 2015

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
3 Feb 2015 - 8 Feb 2015

Washington National Opera: The Flying Dutchman
7 Mar 2015 - 21 Mar 2015

American Ballet Theatre: Theme and Variations Pillar of Fire & Rodeo
24 Mar 2015 - 25 Mar 2015

American Ballet Theatre: Cinderella
26 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015

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