Ford's Theatre is a live, working theatre located in downtown Washington, DC. As a national historic and cultural site welcoming visitors from across the nation, Ford's Theatre blends its rich history with performance excellence in serving as a living tribute to President Lincoln's love of the performing arts. When Ford's Theatre re-opened its doors in 1968 - after having been closed 103 years - it truly was reclaimed as a national treasure for all Americans, and those of us who work here are mindful of that legacy and grateful that Ford's Theatre once again is a vibrant showcase for the performing arts that President Lincoln so appreciated.
Under the new leadership of Producing Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford's Theatre is excited about a dynamic new chapter in its history. He hopes to produce some of this country's most gifted playwrights from the 20th century and plans to bring to Washington the greatest theatre artists working today - Directors, Designers, Actors and Artisans.
As an integral part of its mission, Ford's Theatre provides accessibility to Washington area audiences with special needs. Through education and community outreach programs - ranging from interactive workshops for inner-city students, to teacher and student guides, to performances complemented by American Sign Language or audio description - Ford's serves a large, diverse population with differing backgrounds, ages, and economic means. Operation Discovery, Ford's subsidized ticket program, has been a vital part of community outreach since 1977. The program has introduced more than 100,000 economically disadvantaged young people to what is for many, their first theatrical performance. Nearly 25,000 students attend our productions each season on discounted tickets. We also hold Opening Act pre-performance workshops every season. Opening Act is an innovative series led by professional theatre instructors. Presented free of charge, the program combines exercises, discussion, and improvisation as learning tools for these younger audiences.
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We were really excited to go here so whatever we saw we were pleased. Everyone was very welcoming and nice. Getting tickets was easy too and once we got in it was beautiful. They have so much information and interesting facts. The place is well taken care of and they make sure everyone follows the rules to keep it that way. The theater itself is obviously refurbished, but it was still awesome to be in. The man who was speaking to us about the timeline of Lincoln really knew his stuff and was funny as well. All and all we had a great time and we suck enjoyed our time here.
I walked into this museum very confident in my knowledge of Lincoln's presidency and assassination. I was astonished to find out how much I didn't know. This museum is so rich in historical detail. The staff was more than happy to answer any question I asked, and if I asked something obscure, they put the question out over their radios until someone found an answer. The Park Service personnel I encountered were very enthusiastic about sharing information. If you are interested in history, don't miss this museum.
The theater where President Lincoln was shot is still a beautiful working performing arts center. Tour this theater/museum for the history lesson or go see a modern theatrical production for a special evening out. Ford's Theatre is one of America's most interesting & inspiring national treasures!
We took part in the tour that starts here and walks throughout explaining the events that occurred immediately after President Lincoln's assassination. Great tour! Then it ends at the White House. They do a great job with that "walking history" tour.
More to see than you think. This was a great active theater/museum. The historical implications is immense and there is so much to see. The timeline and audio tour is imperative. Don't forget to visit the Peterson House across the street.