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“1776 at the Ford Theatre”
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Ford's Theatre
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Owner description: The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford's Theatre is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum and learning center. The theatre produces musicals and plays reflecting the unique, diverse character of American life. With its inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation, and rich collection of artifacts, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s capital to explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. A daytime visit to the Ford’s campus traces the story of Lincoln’s presidency, assassination and legacy. The campus includes the museum, theatre, Petersen House (the house where Lincoln died) and the new Center for Education and Leadership. Tickets are required. Admission is free; advance tickets have a convenience fee.In the evenings and on weekends, Ford’s presents dynamic productions of renowned plays, vibrant musicals, and newly commissioned works that captivate and entertain while examining political and social issues related to Lincoln’s legacy.In the spring and summer, Ford’s produces one-act plays and walking tours exploring Civil War Washington. These immersive experiences provide an authentic glimpse into a singular and transformative moment of America’s past.Throughout the year, Ford’s provides engaging educational programs for students, teachers and life-long learners, using Lincoln’s speeches and legacy to build speech, writing and leadership skills.
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

If you can get tickets for a play there, as we did, you have the opportunity to sit in the very theatre Lincoln sat in on the last night of his life. His box is draped, but you can stare at it and imagine how it must have been almost 150 years earlier. An amazing experience, far different from just touring it.

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Attended a performance at the theater. First Balcony. Seats were a little hard; sight lines a little blurred by columns, but how much fun is it to see Jefferson and Adams and Franklin labor over the creation of the Declaration of Independence in the very place where Lincoln also visited???? Kudos to the many students there for spring break -- well dressed, well mannered, very attentive and responsive to the play.

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Reviewed April 14, 2012

Go to Ford's theatre and pick up your free tickets to view the house where Lincoln died and the musuem across the street. Unfortunately, there was a performance at the theatre when I went otherwise we would have been able to tour the theatre where Lincoln was shot as well. Great information for my 4th grader who is currently learning about American History during this time period.

Thank TracyTomNY
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Went to a performance of "1776" at Ford's Theare. The performance was very enjoyable and sitting in the theater gave you time to think about what it must have been like when President Lincoln was shot.

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Reviewed April 13, 2012

They have some nice performances but the seats are horribly uncomfortable. If you do go, make sure you go downstairs to see the exhibit of Lincoln's artifacts from when he was shot.

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