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The National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
1-800-447-7400, 202-628-6161
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Ranked #138 of 248 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Jun 9, 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

There's really no bad seat in the house. I've seen plays, concerts, etc., there many times and have never been disappointed. The prices are steep of course and they do let you bring your refreshments to your seats. Just hope the person next to you isn't drunk and doesn't spill anything on you, like what happened to me a few... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I have been to the National many times and always loved it. However, this time was an exception. We won Executive Star Box seats at a school auction for West Side Story. Because of a stack of about 8 speakers, 1/3 to 1/2 of the stage is blocked from view at all times. We missed many scenes entirely. I believe... More

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South Dakota
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Terrific show in a historical venue. The seating is comfortable but I warn you that you will have more leg room flying coach! Take in a show.

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Ocean View, Delaware
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93 reviews 93 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Located smack downtown DC, the National Theater is a national historic landmark. Sadly, tours are not given during off hours. However, if you have the opportunity to partake in watching a stage production, you will enjoy your experience. Seats are comfortable and well spaced. The only "down" is that there are no bathrooms at street level, only up or down... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I had a horrible experience taking my 86 year old disabled mother to see the matinee of Porgy and Bess yesterday. National Theatre is not disabled or elderly friendly. There is no valet or on street handicapped parking available. When I called to get information on the best place for handicapped parking, there was no information on handicapped parking and... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Went here to see If/Then. This theatre is a gem! It is very pretty. We were pretty far back on the main floor and yet the seats were excellent. The staff was extremely nice. The lady's bathroom situation is a little crazy. I'd read that though in other reviews so as soon as intermission came my daughter and I high-tailed... More

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The staff were very friendly and helpful. They took mercy on us during a cold spell. Usually, the crowd has to wait outside until just a little bit before show time, however this time they opened the doors early and let everyone wait inside, thank you! The bathroom however, was atrocious. Keep in mind, I was one of the first... More

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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My friend and I spent a lot of money on tickets to see a musical at this theatre, and I was excited to score Row A tickets on the balcony section. I was disappointed that the ledge in front of our row was so wide that I, my friend, and most of the other people in my row (all the... More

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SouthGa
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114 reviews 114 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Over the years, I've seen a number of great productions and performances in this beautfiul historic theatre just a few blocks from the White House, Willard Hotel, National Mall and other sites. Most recently, the 25th anniversary national tour of "Les Miserables" in December was a great evening of theatre with 60 teenaged performing arts students I was chaperoning! The... More

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Dallas, Texas
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

great theatre...much history and great restaurants nearby...if you have the opportunity to see a show here, do so....its monumental! :)

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