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  • Shear Madness

    Until Sep 29, 2020

  • To Kill A Mockingbird

    Postponed until further notice

  • Washington National Opera - Fidelio

    Oct 24 - Nov 9, 2020

  • Washington National Opera - Nixon in China

    Oct 31 - Nov 14, 2020

  • Washington National Opera - Boris Godunov

    Feb 20 - Mar 17, 2021

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Shear Madness

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Kennedy Center Theater Lab

Until September 29, 2020

An American theatre institution, Shear Madness is the longest running non-musical show in American history. It's been running in Boston at the Charles Playhouse for over 30 years, and has enjoyed hugely successful productions the world over. Now it continues in Washington DC for its open run at the Kennedy Center, in time for the holiday season! Part comedy farce and part murder mystery, no two shows are exactly the same!

To Kill A Mockingbird Poster

To Kill A Mockingbird

Eisenhower Theater

Postponed until further notice

Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin brings his Broadway smash hit out on tour for the first time! Opening to much critical acclaim back in 2018, To Kill A Mockingbird tells the story of a black man accused of rape in pre-civil rights era Alabama and the noble lawyer who defends him. Directed by the iconic Barlett Sher, witness the tale of an era come to life on stage! Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas will star as Atticus Finch.

Washington National Opera - Fidelio Poster

Washington National Opera - Fidelio

Kennedy Center Opera House

October 24 - November 9, 2020

Washington National Opera perform their rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera which was first performed in 1805. This compelling opera full of adventure and suspense was last showcased by Welsh National Opera over 30 years ago. Conducted by Robert Spano, this piece celebrates the determination to triumph in trying times, performed 193 years after Beethoven's death.

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Washington National Opera - Nixon in China

Kennedy Center Opera House

October 31 - November 14, 2020

Created by American composer John Adams, Nixon in China was Adams' first opera and took inspiration from U.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972. As the first time a U.S president had been to the People's Republic of China, the event became a landmark occasion. Now, the Washington National Opera perform the operatic work which tells the story of "the week that changed the world."

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Washington National Opera - Boris Godunov

Kennedy Center Opera House

February 20 - March 17, 2021

Composed between 1868 and 1873, Boris Godunov is widely considered to be one of Modest Mussorgsky's most stellar pieces of work. Delve into Russian 16th-century politics with Mussorgsky's only complete opera conducted by Evan Rogister and directed by Francesca Zambello. Washington National Opera presents its rendition of this royal tale.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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Built in 1971 to realize the late President Kennedy's ambitions to bring culture to the American public, the Center has seen over 300 productions across ballet, theater and concerts created and stage at the complex. December 2014 saw the start of an ambitious expansion project that would reopen access from the Center to the Potomac River, as well as easier access to lower Georgetown and provide more space for visitors and performers to engage with.

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