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The National Theatre

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Address: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 1-800-447-7400, 202-628-6161
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Big, but not too Big

I am a Washingtonian and a baby boomer, so I remember this theater in the days of old, although I was not exposed to live theater until I was in High School. This is an historic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Silver Spring, Maryland

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McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We loved the BFG. It is an outstanding production to be enjoyed by young and old. Imagination Stage bringing children's theater to this grand old theater is amazing.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I am a Washingtonian and a baby boomer, so I remember this theater in the days of old, although I was not exposed to live theater until I was in High School. This is an historic building which to me adds to the enjoyment. So I put up with small seats and small and slow elevator service. I believe every... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I have seen numerous shows here and the theater is a beautiful historic setting. Now that they have renovated, and gotten a new paint color, the theater is even more stunning.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is my second time here to see a performance (West Side Story & Dame Edna's Grand Glorious Farewell) conveniently located next to the Freedom Plaza short walk to the White House. Loved both shows, our balcony seats were comfortable, our view of the stage was great. Can't wait to get back to see another show (Dame Edna's Really Truly... More 

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Germantown, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

What a wonderful venue for this wonderful show! The HUGE PROBLEM we had: the Starbucks adjacent to the theatre CLOSES AT 7pm! What the *heck* is that about? We had dinner with drinks, then got to the theatre at around 7:10 to enjoy a pre-dinner coffee - only to find it closed! We were so disappointed! We ended up walking... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

I've seen 2 shows here in the last two months - Blithe Spirit and Dame Edna's farewell show. Both were excellent. The theatre is a great place. The drinks are a bit pricey, but I guess you have to expect that. I found the balcony seats quite warm. We all know that heat rises, and it made those upper seats... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I love this place. There are free movies here on Mondays during certain times of the year, and going to a live show is such a wonderful experience! Make a point to see a show here!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We attended Blithe Spirit, and really liked this venue. There's no shortage of restaurants in the area, and there's plenty of parking within a reasonable walk (though none associated with the theater). The acoustics and architecture are great.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I had the most wonderful evening seeing Angela Lansbury in "Blithe Spirit." It's one of those plays that have never gone off the stage, but this version was truly phenomenal. Seeing such a legend was an incredible treat and she gave the audience a masterclass on comedic acting. The theater is hardly opulent, but it's fine. Try to get seats... More 

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Bethany Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Saw "Blithe Spirit" with Angela Lansbury at the National Theatre. The theater is stunning and on par with many of the theaters in New York. This is Michael Blakemore’s revival of Noël Coward’s smash-hit comedy BLITHE SPIRIT. Ms. Lansbury plays Madame Arcati a medium supposedly able to get in touch with spirits of the departed on the "other" side. A... More 

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Additional Information about The National Theatre

Address: 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 1-800-447-7400, 202-628-6161
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Monday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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