Our mission is to be the Stage for the Nation. Building on our 1835 foundation and legacy as a cornerstone of American theatre history, we:

  • Serve the community by presenting the highest caliber performing arts ranging from Broadway productions to classical and popular entertainment to award-winning educational programming;
  • Promote Metropolitan Washington as a vibrant cultural destination; and
  • Contribute to the economic vitality of our Nation’s capital.
“What a pleasure you have given me and to countless audiences; the magic that begins when the lights dim, the curtain rises, and we are transported from a care-burdened world to one where the imagination and the creative muses lift our spirits high.” – Helen Hayes



At The National Theatre we seek to:

  • Impact the future of American theatre by creating innovative, entertainment experiences through work of exceptional merit and the highest professional standards;
  • Inspire future audiences and performers through our decades-long commitment to diverse educational programs that develop intellect through creativity;
  • Celebrate our singular legacy as a historic cultural center in the heart of the Nation’s capital; and
  • Preserve our place at the core of American theatre history as the venue where legendary performers and performances are experienced.


The National Theatre Corporation is a 501(c)(3) entity. Call our corporate offices today at 202-783-3370 to make a donation to the historic National Theatre!

“When a show plays at the National it’s playing for America” – Debbie Reynolds
“The National Theatre has never been just another theatre; it’s part of ourselves, a part of our history as a nation and a people. It is and always will be our stage for a nation.” – President Ronald Reagan

Due to the ongoing health crisis, The National Theatre has implemented multiple changes to our 2020 schedule. Our next season will begin in spring 2021, and we look forward to sharing more information with you later this fall. Please email info@thenationaldc.com with questions. We appreciate your patience while the Box Office and administrative offices are closed. [As of 8/20/20]

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